How Long Do You Have to File Patent Ideas

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | May 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question: Can I protect my exclusive right to file? Question Detail: I have many (over 200) ideas that I kept under old proof of date of invention guidelines prior to the new patent law passing recently. no patents were ever filed. 1. do those invention date records lose all effect if someone now publicly discloses the same idea or can my old invention date records still trump them since they preexisted the new law passage? 2.Can I protect my exclusive right to file (for the new one yr period after public disclosure) by now publicly disclosing those old ideas and at least prevent someone else from being able to patent them even if I never do?


1.            with an effective date of implementation of the new law in March 2013, you can still use your old invention records to “trump” the subsequent inventor

2.            publicly disclosing your idea will prevent others from patenting your idea.

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Michael Shimokaji

Michael’s expertise includes the strategic development of patent and trademark portfolios. He identifies those patents and trademarks that are valuable to his clients by providing them with a competitive advantage. Then, Michael obtains patent and trademark registrations in the US and abroad.


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