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Three-dimensional (3D) printing is a method of making a three-dimensional solid object from an electronic model. 3D printing typically occurs through an additive process where successive layers of materials are laid out in various shapes. 3D printing differs from traditional machining techniques that may require the removal of materials using techniques such as cutting or drilling (subtractive techniques).
Various additive processes are currently available. There are many additive techniques that are available. They differ in the way layers are created to form parts. To form layers, certain methods melt or soften materials. Selective laser melting (SLM) or direct-metal laser sintering(DMLS) and selective lasing (SLS) or fused modeling of positing (FDM), while other techniques can cure liquid materials, such as stereolithography (SLA). By using laminated object manufacturing (LOM), thin layers are cut to form and then joined (e.g. paper, polymer, metal).
The methods are able to create 3D objects. However, they have their limitations. Such approaches typically use laser light with wavelengths in the infrared (IR) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum–e.g.,wavelengths greater than 1 micrometer. It isn’t easy to create objects with submicron resolution. In addition, typical 3D printing systems are slow and incapable of producing objects with poor surface roughness. This results in 3D printed objects unsuitable for a variety of purposes.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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A patent is granted by the government to protect an invention patents give the inventor with the exclusive right to create, use, market and promote the invention? society is benefited when a brand new technology is brought to the market. Benefits can be realized in direct terms, as it may allow people to do previously impossible things. Or indirectly, through the economic opportunities (business growth and employment) that the innovation offers.
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The first step to get your patent is to perform an internet search for patents. You can do a google patent search or do a USPTO search. Patent-pending is the term for the product that has been included in the patent application. You can use the public pair to locate the patent application. When the patent office is satisfied with your application, you’ll be able to conduct an examination of the patent number to discover the patent issued. Your product is now patentable. Alongside the USPTO search engine, you can also utilize other search engines like espacenet as described below. You can get help from an attorney who specializes in patents. In the US Patents are issued by the US patent and trademark office, also known as the United States patent and trademark office, which is also responsible for examining trademark applications.
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- What is the objective of the invention? Is it a utilitarian device or an ornamental design?
- Does the invention consist of a method of creating something or performing an action? Is it an object?
- What is the purpose and composition of the invention? What is the physical makeup of the invention?
- What’s the purpose of this invention?
- What are the terms and phrases in the field of technology that describe an invention’s nature? To assist you in finding the right terms, refer to an online dictionary of technical terms.
2. These terms allow you to find relevant Cooperative Patent Classifications at Classification Search Tool. If you’re unable to determine the correct classification to describe your invention, scan through the Schemas of classes (class schedules). Think about substituting the words you use to describe your invention if you don’t find any results in the Classification Text Search with synonyms similar to the words you used in step 1.
3. Go through the CPC Classification Definition for the CPC Classification Definition to verify the validity of the CPC classification you’ve located. If the chosen classification is a blue square with “D”, then the hyperlink to the CPC classification definition will be given. CPC classification definitions will help identify the specific classification’s scope, so you are sure to select the most pertinent. Furthermore the definitions may include search tips and other suggestions which could be helpful for further study.
4. Retrieve patent documents with the CPC classification from the Patents Full-Text and Image Database. You can search and narrow down the relevant patent documents by focusing first on the abstract and representative drawings.
5. Utilize this selection of most pertinent patent documents to look at each one thoroughly for similarities to your own invention. Take note of the specification and claims. Contact the applicant as well as the patent examiner to obtain additional patents.
6. Retrieve published patent applications with the CPC classification you picked in Step 3 from the Applications Full-Text and Image Database. It is possible to use the same search strategy as in Step 4. You can narrow your results to the most relevant patent application by examining the abstract as well as the drawings that appear on each page. Next, carefully examine the published patent applications with particular attention paid to the claims and the additional drawings.
7. Locate other US patent publications by keyword searches in PatFT and AppFT databases, classification searching of non-U.S. patents per below, and searching non-patent patent disclosures in the literature of inventions using web search engines. 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.