SAME FUNCTION PATENTABLE?

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | Jun 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Question: More than one way to perform the function, do I have to patent them all? How? Question Detail: I have developed a system to do a certain function. But later on I figured out there are more than one way to alter the system to do the same function, so if I patent the system is it possible for someone else to modify it then patent it? How well would a patent protect my idea in that scenario?

ANSWER: Yes. Others may invent a system that is different from your system but perform the same function. If you are trying to prevent others from performing the same function, you can try to patent a method. And you can also try to patent different variations of your system.

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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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