Frequently Asked Questions
We have become the “go-to” intellectual property law firm for general practice law firms, businesses, and clients across the United States. In this role we often receive similar questions. We prepared this FAQ section to help address your questions about patents, trademarks, and IP law generally. We also provide answers to questions we often receive regarding AdamsIP specifically.
While we have tried to cover many of the most common questions, you may not find exactly what you are looking for. If you have suggestions for topics for our FAQ page or would like to set up a time to speak with an intellectual property attorney, please contact us directly.
A provisional application for patent has a pendency lasting 12 months from the date the provisional application is filed. The 12-month pendency period cannot be extended. Therefore, an applicant who files a provisional application must file a corresponding nonprovisional application for patent (nonprovisional application) during the 12-month pendency period of the provisional application in order to benefit from the earlier filing of the provisional application.
- Provisional patent application: $3,000 – $4,000
- Nonprovisional patent application: $7,000 – $10,000
- Design patent application: $3,000 – $4,000
We offer fixed fee billing arrangements for nearly all of our patent drafting and filing services. Once we learn more about your invention we will be able to give an exact cost for handling your particular filing. Please contact us today.
Other IP FAQs
The poor-man’s copyright was originally used by authors who sent copies of their own work to themselves through the mail without opening the envelopes in the hope that it would grant them legal protection by establishing a date at which the work was created. Use of this method may not hold up in a court as it is simple for individuals to pre-send envelopes which can then be used later by placing the materials inside.
The subject matter of trade secrets is usually defined in broad terms and includes sales methods, distribution methods, consumer profiles, advertising strategies, lists of suppliers and clients, and manufacturing processes. While a final determination of what information constitutes a trade secret will depend on the circumstances of each individual case, clearly unfair practices in respect of secret information include industrial or commercial espionage, breach of contract and breach of confidence.