Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Modern personal electronic devices may feature small forms factors. Exemplary personal electronic devices include but aren’t only limited to smart phones. Personal electronic devices can be used to display and manipulate objects from the user interface on small display screens.
The most common user interface objects are digital images, video and text, along with icons, buttons, control elements, and other graphics. When used in this disclosure, the term icon refers to an image used to represent and to start an application, in accordance with its usual meaning in the law. A “widget”, which is utilized in art to define the simplified appearance of an application is also an icon for the purposes of this disclosure.
The interfaces used by users for personal electronic devices that are smaller in size can be inefficient since they require multiple manipulations before proper data is shown.
There are a variety of methods to display user interface items using personal devices.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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What is a patent?
Patents are granted by the government to safeguard the invention. It gives the inventor the right to develop, utilize and market the idea. Society gains when new technologies are brought to the market. The benefits may be directly, in that it allows people to accomplish previously unattainable things. Or indirectly, through the economic opportunities (business expansion and job creation) which the invention provides.
Patent protection is demanded by a variety of university researchers and drug companies to protect their research and development. Patents may cover the physical or abstract nature of a process or product, or even a method or material composition that are new to the area. Patent protection is granted to an invention that is beneficial unique, innovative, and not previously known to others in the same field.
Patents are awarded to inventors who have commercially viable inventions. They provide a reason for inventors to create. Small companies and inventors are assured that they will get an income from the investment they make in technology development through patents. This means they will be able to make a living by their work.
Companies that are able to:
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Improve the value, the popularity, and appeal of your products market;
Differentiate yourself and your products from the competition.
Access technical and business knowledge and data;
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Patents convert knowledge of the inventor into a marketable asset, which opens up new opportunities for job creation through joint ventures and licensing.
Investors involved in the development and commercialization of technology may find small businesses with patent protection appealing.
Patenting can lead to innovative ideas and inventions. This information could encourage the development of new ideas and could qualify to be protected by patents.
Patents are a way to stop untrustworthy third-party companies from earning through the work of inventions.
Patent-protected technology revenue that is commercially profitable can be used to fund technology-related research and development (R&D) that can increase the chance of a better technology in the near future.
Intellectual property ownership can be used to convince lenders and investors that there are real opportunities to market your product. A single patent could open the door for multiple financing opportunities. Patents can be used in conjunction with other IP assets as collateral or security financing. Investors may also be able to see the patents you own to increase the value of your business. Forbes and other publications have stated that each patent could increase the value of your company by as much as $500,000 to $1 million.
Start-ups need a well-constructed business plan that builds on the IP to demonstrate that your product or service is unique, superior, or innovative. Additionally, investors will be impressed when you prove that your IP rights are secure or are in progress of being secure, and that they support your business strategy.
It is important to keep your invention secret until you submit a patent application for protection. Public disclosure of an invention prior to its filing typically devalue its novelty and render it unpatentable. Therefore, prior filing disclosures (e.g., for test-marketing, investors, or other business partners) should only be made after signing a confidentiality agreement.
There are a variety of patents, and understanding the different types is crucial to protect your invention. Utility patents protect new processes and machine creations. Design patents cover ornamental designs. Patents for utility are the most effective as they protect the proprietor from copycats and other competition. Frequently the utility patents are issued for alterations or improvements on existing inventions. They can also be used to enhance or alter existing inventions. For instance, a process patent will cover acts or methods for performing an action, while chemical compositions are an assortment of ingredients.
What is the length of time a patent will last? Although utility patents last up to 20 years from their initial filing, they are able to be extended through delay in the patent office.
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When you are writing a patent application when you are writing a patent application, it is best to conduct an internet search for patents, since it will provide you with an understanding of other people’s ideas. This will allow you to limit the extent of your idea. You can also learn about the latest developments in the field you’re inventing. This will allow you to understand the scope of your invention and prepare for the filing of your patent application.
How to Search for Patents
The first step in getting your patent is to perform the patent search. You can do a google patent search or do a USPTO search. After the patent application has been submitted, the product that is covered by the application can be referred to as patent-pending and you can locate the patent application online on the public pair. When the patent office has endorsed the patent application, you are able to do a patent number search to locate the issued patent, and your product is now patented. Alongside the USPTO search engine, you may also use other search engines like espacenet, as detailed below. For assistance, consult a patent lawyer. Patents in the United States are granted by the US trademark and patent office or the United States patent office. This office also reviews trademark applications.
Are you interested in finding other similar patents? These are the steps:
1. Think of terms to describe your invention based upon the purpose, composition and usage.
Start by writing down a succinct, precise description of your invention. Avoid using generic terms like “device,” “process,” and “system.” Think about synonyms for the terms you chose initially. Next, take note of crucial technical terms and key words.
Use the following questions to help you find the keywords or concepts.
- What is the objective of the invention? Is it a utilitarian device or an ornamental design?
- Is the invention a way of creating something or performing a function? Does it constitute a product?
- What is the purpose and composition of the invention? What is the physical makeup of the invention?
- What’s the objective of the invention?
- What are the terms and phrases in the field of technology that describe the nature of an invention? To find the appropriate terms, use an online dictionary of technical terms.
2. These terms will allow you to find pertinent Cooperative Patent Classifications using the Classification Search Tool. To find the best classification for your invention, scan the resulting classification’s class Schemes (class schedules). Think about substituting the words you use for describing your invention, if you do not get any results from your Classification Text Search with synonyms like the ones you used in Step 1.
3. Go through 3. Go over the CPC Classification Definition for the CPC Classification Definition to confirm the relevancy of the CPC classification you’ve found. The link to the CPC classification definition will be given if the chosen classification title contains a blue box with “D” to the left. CPC classification definitions will assist you in determining the classification’s scope of application so that you can choose the most relevant. Additionally the definitions may include research tips and other suggestions which could be helpful for further research.
4. Get patent documents using the CPC classification from the Patents Full-Text and Image Database. By focusing your search on abstracts and illustrations it will narrow your search to find the relevant patent documents.
5. Take advantage of this list of most pertinent patent documents to study each one in depth for any the similarities to your idea. Pay attention to the claims and specifications. Consult the applicant and patent examiner for additional patents.
6. Retrieve published patent applications with the CPC classification you chose in Step 3 from the Applications Full-Text and Image Database. You may also employ the same search strategy that you employed in step 4 to limit down your search results to the most relevant patent applications by looking over the abstracts and drawings for each page. After that, take a close look at the patent applications published, paying particular attention to the claims and the additional drawings.
7. Find additional US patent publications using keywords in the PatFT or AppFT databases, searching for classification of non-U.S. patents in the below, and searching non-patent publications of inventions with internet search engines. Here are some examples:
- Add keywords to your search. Keyword searches may turn up documents that are not well-categorized or have missed classifications during Step 2. For example, US patent examiners often supplement their classification searches with keyword searches. Think about the use of technical engineering terminology rather than everyday words.
- Search for foreign patents using the CPC classification. Then, re-run the search using international patent office search engines such as Espacenet, the European Patent Office’s worldwide patent publication database of over 130 million patent publications. Other national databases include:
- European Patent Office (EPO) provides esp@cenet to access a network of Europe’s patent databases with access to machine translation of European patents.
- Japan Patent Office (JPO) – with access to machine translations of Japanese patents.
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) offers PATENTSCOPE with a full-text search of published international patent applications and machine translations for some documents, as well as a list of international patent databases.
- Korean Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS)
- State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) with machine translation of Chinese patents.
- Other International Intellectual Property Offices with online patent databases include Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan.
- Search non-patent literature. Inventions can be made public in many non-patent publications. It is recommended that you search journals, books, websites, technical catalogs, conference proceedings, and other print and electronic publications.
To review your search, you can hire a registered patent attorney to assist. A preliminary search will help one better prepare to talk about their invention and other related inventions with a professional patent attorney. In addition, the attorney will not spend too much time or money on patenting basics.