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How to choose a patent agent or a patent attorney The generally long pendency periods of patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office should raise a cautious flag when choosing a patent agent or a patent attorney.  After all, inventors must deal with their patent agent or patent attorney for the entire [...]

How to prepare for an initial meeting with a patent agent or a patent attorney? The initial meeting with a patent agent or a patent attorney is very important because in some cases the initial meeting is free.  This means that inventors should take full advantage of this free offer to “squeeze” as much information [...]

Double-Patenting: Manual of Patent Examining Procedures (MPEP) states, “The doctrine of double patenting seeks to prevent the unjustified extension of patent exclusivity beyond the term of a patent.” In general, inventors may obtain a (singular) patent for an invention.  Stated otherwise, an inventor cannot obtain two patents for the same invention.   Why would an inventor [...]

Inventors: Henry Wong, Raymond Chow Patent number: 7729147 Filing date: Sep 13, 2007 Issue date: Jun 1, 2010 Application number: 11/900,765 BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION (1) Field of the Invention This invention relates generally to the field of semiconductor integrated circuit (IC) devices for driving a load and more particularly, to a semiconductor integrated circuit device [...]

Inventor: Keith Longino Patent number: 7819926 Filing date: Aug 29, 2008 Issue date: Oct 26, 2010 Application number: 12/231,107 A prosthetic foot and ankle BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention This invention relates to a prosthetic foot and ankle and, more particularly, to a prosthetic foot and ankle with asymmetrically cascading motion and [...]