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Liability For Infringement On Hong Kong Trademark

Hong Kong trademarks are protected from infringement under the rules and regulations of trademarks in Hong Kong. As a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and a territory that adopts the Paris Convention, Hong Kong strictly enforces trademark laws including the right of the trademark holder and the liability of infringers. Here are a few more things to know about the issue.

 

Liability for Infringement

Infringement is defined as the unauthorized use of material, such as trademarks, copyrights and patents, protected under intellectual property laws. Keep in mind, too, that for infringement to be proven, usually in a court of law, there must be a valid trademark, copyright or patent pertaining to the material in place. There should be reasonable proof that the infringer used the material without notifying and getting authorization for its use from the rightful owner of the material.

 

The keywords here are “unauthorized versus authorized”. If Person A used the registered trademark of Person B without proper authorization, preferably in writing, he can be made liable for trademark infringement. This is also true if Person A used a confusingly similar trademark as the one used by Person B for similar products and/or services.

 

But even if the trademark used by Person A is applied to different products and/or services offered by Person B, the former may still be liable for infringement if the trademark used is similar to the latter’s well-known trademark.

 

The infringement charge can also be brought against a person or entity passing off, so to speak, a well-known trademark owned by another person or entity. Passing off in most cases means using the Hong Kong trademark in a deceptive manner, such as misleading consumers to buy an inferior product stamped with the well-known trademark.

 

Legal Action

The rightful owner of the trademark can take legal action against the infringer. The legal action can be made if the infringement happened in Hong Kong; the laws of Hong Kong will apply.  The process isn’t easy since infringement cases aren’t easy to prove but with the assistance of an experienced intellectual property lawyer, it’s possible to win a case.

 

This isn’t to say, nonetheless, that persons or entities accused of Hong Kong trademark infringement don’t stand a chance. There are also legal defenses in a trademark infringement charge, such as:

  • The defendant can use the defense of “consent” or “authorization”. In this case, the defendant should be able to prove that the plaintiff agreed or authorized the use of the trademark. This can be a strong defense with a contract and a payment made to the plaintiff.
  • The defendant can prove that the trademark has expired.

 

Why defend a trademark in the first place? The rationale here is that the trademark is part of the brand and in a world where branding is crucial to success in the business world, protecting your trademark is a must.

As the Hong Kong trademark application needs professional knowledge and experience, we suggest hiring an experienced trademark agent for individuals and organizations. For details of the Hong Kong trademark registration, please contact us for free consulation.

 

 

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Who, When and What To File For Short-term Patents

Before an applicant can be granted a short-term patent in Hong Kong, he must file a search report in one of the designated patent office discussed in another article. The short-term patent application itself should be made with the attached documents, usually standard forms, and other information required by Hong Kong’s patent laws.

 

Who Can Apply?

Owners of inventions, whether processes or products, can submit for a Hong Kong patent application. This is true whether the inventor is a resident and/or citizen of Hong Kong for as long as the other legal requirements are met.

The grant of a Hong Kong patent gives the patent holder exclusive rights to the process or product covered within Hong Kong. However, the coverage doesn’t apply to other countries and territories outside of Hong Kong, not even in the People’s Republic of China.

Keep in mind that there are specific requirements regarding who should be named in the patent application, just as is in standard patents. For example, a certified copy of assignment will be required in case the person who files the patent isn’t the person named in the designated patent application. The applicant may also be required to submit other relevant documents to show legal right over the patent.

 

When Should the Application be Filed?

The general rule is that there’s no time limit for short-term patent applications filing in Hong Kong. But there are rules and regulations under specific circumstances, such as:

  • Within 12 months of filing the first application. This rule applies to applicants who claim priority from a first application in another country or territory covered by the Paris Convention or a member territory of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • Within six months of the disclosure. This rule applies to instances when the invention has been disclosed and the applicant claims that the disclosure doesn’t prejudice its novelty.

 

The patent applications can be filed in either Chinese or English; official forms are available in these languages. The subsequent correspondence will be made in the applicant’s preferred language.

But there are certain information that must be shown in both Chinese and English. These include the title of the invention and the abstract of the application, the form and substance of which have significant impact on the application’s approval.

Note: In case the applicant’s name isn’t in Chinese characters or Roman letters, a transliteration of the name in Roman letters will be required.

 

What Documents Should Be Filed?

Many of the documents required for short-term patent applications are different from those in standard patent applications. The documents for the latter include but aren’t limited to:

  • Patents Form P6
  • Abstract
  • Title of the invention
  • Applicants and/or inventor’s name and address
  • Search report
  • Specifications in the Patents Ordinance and Patents General Rules
  • Patents Form P6A for entitlement purposes
  • Statement of priority and priority documents in case of priority claim

 

Again, we cannot overemphasize the importance of appointing an patent agent to handle the patent application forms!

 

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The Three Distinguishing Marks Of Trademarks

Trademarks have distinguishing marks that make them obviously stand out from others, even be closely associated with a specific product or service. Think of the likes of Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Heineken, among other internationally-known brands.

 

But what distinguishes a trademark from another? There are three marks – color, shape and smell – that make a trademark what it is.

 

Color Marks

Brands use certain colors to distinguish it from others, and many brands even have colors named after them. For example, Ferrari red is a specific color named after the distinctive red shade used on its cars.

Why use color as a mark? A color claim gives a clear indication of the rights over a specific shade when combined with other marks on a trademark.

Keep in mind that the color claim should be made at the time of the filing of application.

Be sure to state the particulars of the color claim and the colors claimed should correspond with the colors shown on the proposed trademark. The colors can also be referenced to an accepted color identification, such as CYMK or Pantone.

The proposed trademark should also be of a sufficiently high resolution and in JPEG format.

 

Shape Marks

The shape of the proposed trademark should also be described in detail on the application form. The shape claim statement should include as many details as possible, such as “The trademark consists of a stylized letter P set within a triangular-shaped background. The applicant makes a claim to the letter and shape as an element of the trademark.”

If necessary, several views of the proposed trademark can also be made. These can include a front view, a top view, and/or a side view.

 

Smell Marks

Only a distinctive smell can be registered as a trademark, a matter that an experienced agent or lawyer can provide professional advice on. But it must be emphasized that a smell isn’t likely to be considered as a distinctive mark for a trademark for goods where these are purchased for their smell. Examples include cosmetics, shampoo, washing powder, teas, and fragrances.

Furthermore, a smell cannot be considered distinctive under trademark laws unless it is recognized as such by consumers as a trademark. The smell shouldn’t be a sales gimmick either.

With modern society being a visual world, the importance of getting the color and shape aspects of a trademark cannot be overemphasized. The applicant should use the search function before submitting the proposed trademark lest it has significant similarities with an existing trademark, a ground for objection.

 

Keep in mind that there are details in each step that can throw a monkey wrench into a carefully laid-out plan. For this reason, hiring a professional trademark agent will be in the applicant’s best interest, especially in case of high-stakes proposed trademarks. For details of the trademark application, please contact us for free consulation.

 

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The First Stage In The Hong Kong Patent Application Process Explained

When applying for a standard Hong Kong patent, there are two main stages of the process. Here, we will discuss the first stage including where, when and what to file. Due to the complex nature of the patent application process, we strongly recommend hiring an experienced patent agent or lawyer specializing in patents and trademarks.

 

Where to File

In Hong Kong, the grant of a standard patent can be made by one of these three patent offices, known as designated patent offices.

  • The State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of Chine
  • The United Kingdom Patent Office
  • The European Patent Office where the patent designates the United Kingdom as the designated patent area

 

In case of a standard patent application filed in Hong Kong, an administrative region of China, the process occurs in two stages, namely:  (The applicant files the following documents in two successive stages)

  • In stage 1, a formal request to record the designated patent application (i.e., Chinese, European Patent, or United Kingdom Patent-published)
  • In stage 2, a formal request for registration and grant in either of these designated patent offices

 

Keep in mind that there are processes and papers as well as pros and cons required in these two stages. While these can be conducted on a do-it-yourself basis, these can become overwhelming for a non-lawyer or non-expert in patent applications.

 

When to File

The request to record a Hong Kong patent application should be made within six months after the publication of the patent application in one of three designated patent offices.

 

What to File

The patent application process is paper-heavy in the sense that numerous documents are required. These include but aren’t limited to:

  • Patents Form P4 for the request to record
  • Certified copy of the published designated patent application
  • Abstract of the patent in both the Chinese and English languages
  • Title of the invention in both the Chinese and English languages
  • Full name and address of the applicant

 

The applicant may also be required to provide a copy of an assignment (i.e., if the applicant isn’t the person stated in the application) or a statement identifying the inventor (i.e., in case the inventor isn’t named in the application).

 

Also, the applicant can appoint an patent agent. In this case, the agent must notify the Registrar of his address where he resides or performs business activities.  Of course, the agent will require fees for his services and these fees aren’t included in the filing and advertisement fees required by the designated patent offices.

 

Currently, the filing fee is HK$380 and the advertisement fee is HK$68. These amounts apply within 30 days of the earliest filing of any part of the applicant’s request to record.

 

Even for applicants who have completed these steps, there will likely still be issues concerning the patents. These issues can range from the novelty to the usefulness of the invention, as well as in the technicalities of the filing process. Again, an expert in the Hong Kong patent process will be useful in ironing out the kinks.

 

As the patent application needs professional knowledge and experience, we suggest hiring an experienced patent agent for individuals and organizations. For details of the Hong Kong patent registration, please contact us for free consulation.

 

 

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Suggested Strategies For Trademark Protection In Hong Kong

First off, it must be emphasized that getting trademark registration approval in Hong Kong doesn’t automatically mean protection in other jurisdictions, not even in the People’s Republic of China despite Hong Kong’s administrative status. Trademark holders should then adopt the necessary strategies to protect their trademark rights both in and outside of Hong Kong, and here are a few suggestions.

 

Claim Priority

Hong Kong is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its trademark laws are in accordance with the Paris Convention treaty. These facts are the trademark holder’s first line of defense, so to speak, in protecting his rights against infringement in other countries and territories outside of Hong Kong.

 

What does this mean? Basically, the trademark holder has the right to claim priority in other WTO member countries, said claim of which can be filed within six months after the filing of an application for Hong Kong trademark registration. The claim priority should be made within the same or similar category of products or services.

 

The WTO member countries include the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Canada, Australia, India, Ireland, Oman, Japan, Philippines, and the member countries of the European Union. In effect, you have protection in many, if not most, countries of the world where your trademark may be used for commercial (i.e., profitable) purposes.

 

Since the claim priority policies and process can be overwhelming considering the number of factors that should be considered, trademark holders and applicants are well-advised to hire an experienced trademark agent. The agent will handle the legal and technical matters, which are aplenty, that involves claim priority, among other trademark-related matters.

 

Distinguishable Mark

Check that the trademark is, indeed, clearly different from other trademarks used in the same or similar class of products and/or services. The clearly distinguishable trademark provides protection in two ways: first, it cannot be infringed on by others; and second, it will not infringe on trademarks already owned by others.

 

Keep in mind that individuals and groups can be made liable for trademark infringement even in cases of different products or services. For as long as the two trademarks seem the same, then there’s likely to be reasonable cause for trademark infringement.

 

Register in China, Too

If registering the Hong Kong trademark doesn’t provide protection in China, then the same rule applies to trademarks registered in China – these trademarks aren’t protected in Hong Kong, too. The bottom line: Even if it means added expense and effort, register the trademark in both Hong Kong and China, as well as in other countries where it will be used.

 

Be sure to register the trademark in English in its Chinese characters so that it can be used locally. The trademark in Chinese can either be a full translation or a transliteration. This is necessary to complement the original trademark and to provide it with a wide protection and appeal, especially in Hong Kong and China where both the English and Chinese languages are used.

 

For details of the trademark registration, please contact us for free consulation.

 

 

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Points of Concern For Short-term Patents

Short-term patents are also designed to provide protection for inventors and their inventions against possible unauthorized use of their products and/or processes. Keep in mind that their application in one of the designated patent offices can be problematic, not because of bureaucratic inefficiency but, more often than not, because of the complexity of the processes and papers required.

 

With that in mind, here are a few important points to consider before filing your short-term patents application in Hong Kong.

 

Hiring an Agent

Of course, filing a patent application can be done without an agent or a lawyer acting in behalf of the applicant. The do-it-yourself approach can yield effective and efficient results since the State Intellectual Property Office, one of three designated patent offices in Hong Kong, provides guidance on the process and papers required.

 

But there are also numerous benefits in appointing a Hong Kong patent agent to handle the Hong Kong patent application. For one thing, the agent can deal with the nitty-gritty details of the patent application, especially the parts that require technical and legal proficiency. The applicant then can concentrate on polishing the patent, so to speak, such that it may have commercial uses and possibly bring in a profit.

 

For another thing, the agent has the knowledge, skills and connections to facilitate the approval of the designated patent application. The connections are crucial in technical areas like drafting the patent documents – drafting is a highly technical skill that not many inventors possess.

 

Applicants are well-advised to research into the credentials of the agents, nonetheless. Looking into the agents’ backgrounds, track record, and expertise is a must, especially in high-stakes technology patents. The agent can file the patent in behalf of the applicant but the latter must have a valid address in Hong Kong for the service of documents.

 

The appointed patent agent should notify the Registrar of the address in Hong Kong where he either resides or conducts business activities. In fact, the applicant should ideally make it a point to visit the agent’s office as part of the background check.

 

Determining Uniqueness of Invention

Keep in mind that the patent being applied for should be unique, a task that can be carried out through the Internet. The Intellectual Property Department provides the general public with an online search system where anybody can search for both patents granted and published patent applications. The Hong Kong Intellectual Property Journal also contains the information and, in fact, the request for patent applications are first published here.

 

The applicant can determine whether a prior art has similarities or sameness as the planned patent application. Keep in mind that patent offices in Hong Kong and in other countries and territories have specific guidelines regarding uniqueness and novelty, and these guidelines can be overwhelming. This is where the usefulness of a Hong Kong patent agent come in.

 

CtR Intellectual Property Co. is a Hong Kong Patent Application Grant authorised patent agent offering professional patent and trademark application & related services. For details of the Hong Kong patent application, please contact us for free consulation.

 

 

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Who Can Apply For Hong Kong Patents?

First off, keep in mind that applying for a China patent and in other countries doesn’t automatically provide patent protection in Hong Kong, and vice versa. Indeed, it’s important to file the appropriate patents in countries where the inventor wants his or her invention, whether a product or a process, to have protection!

 

With that being said, the important question is: Who can apply for Hong Kong patents? Under the Hong Kong trademarks laws, there are three types of applicants – individual, incorporated, and unincorporated. The applicant types are clearly stated on the Hong Kong patent application forms including Forms P4, P5 and P6 as well as P19.

 

Individual

The “Individual” applicant type refers to a natural person or natural persons applying for the patent jointly. The natural person may or may not be a resident and/or a citizen of Hong Kong, such as in cases where an inventor wants patent protection for his invention in Hong Kong.

 

There are also cases when a sole proprietorship and a partnership, both of which should be established in Hong Kong, files for patent protection. The rules for the names to be stated on the application are as follows:

 

  • For a sole proprietorship, the name of the sole owner and the name of his company should be stated but the box marked “Individual” should be checked. For example, Jack Chan trading as Chan & Co.

 

  • For a partnership, the names of the partners followed by the legal name of the company should be listed. At least two partners should be listed in case there are several partners. Again, the box marked “Individual” should be checked. For example, Jack Chan and Michael Yeoh trading as Chan & Yeoh.

 

The patent application is considered as a joint application so there’s joint ownership of the patent, if it’s approved.

 

Incorporated

For corporations incorporated in and outside of Hong Kong, the box marked “Incorporated” should be checked. Be sure to indicate the country or territory or area of incorporation where the corporation was established in the appropriate field of whatever form being used.

 

The information may also be entered by the Register of Patents in its database. The purpose: to enhance the transparency of the public records and to identify the patent applicant.

 

Unincorporated

Emphasis must be made that unincorporated associations and organizations aren’t considered as legal persons under the laws of Hong Kong. But an unincorporated entity can have legal capacity to own property including patents, a law in other countries and territories recognized in Hong Kong. In this case, the “Unincorporated” box should be marked for patent application purposes.

 

In Hong Kong, the Patents Registry of the Intellectual Property Department handles the Hong Kong patents application process. The Registrar of Patents has the legal authority to examine patent applications for their completeness, correctness, and compliance with the formal requirements. However, emphasis must be made that the Registrar of Patents doesn’t perform substantive search and examination of patents in terms of their inventiveness and novelty.

 

 

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Hong Kong Trademarks Registration Process Briefly Explained

The Hong Kong trademarks registration process is among the world’s fastest in terms of timescale. Of course, the timescale will be different between applicants – for example, Applicant A may have technical deficiencies while Applicant B may have duplication of trademarks. But if there are no significant issues in the application, the process takes as little as six months to complete from receipt to registration.

 

Checking for Deficiencies

The Trade Marks Registry will conduct a thorough checking of the application forms and its attachments, if any, to determine their completeness, correctness, and compliance with the rules. The applicant is then well-advised to thoroughly check the forms so that all required information is stated.

 

While some changes to the application form won’t affect the filing date, there are major changes that can result in its rejection (e.g., changes to the trademark’s representation).

 

Search and Examination

If the Registry examiner finds that the application form and its attachments are in order, the documents will be forwarded for search and examination. Basically, this step determines whether the proposed trademark has the same or similar trademarks already filed or registered in respect to the same or similar class of products and/or services. If there are similarities, the application will be returned to the applicant for proper action.

 

The Registry examiner will also determine whether the proposed trademark satisfies the registration requirements stated on the Hong Kong Trade Marks Ordinance. He will then issue an opinion in writing – or a letter addressed to the applicant – that states whether the application is acceptable for Hong Kong trademark registration or not, usually when there are reasonable grounds for objection.

 

If the Registry has objections to the proposed trademark, the applicant is give six months to comply with the requirements and complete the documents, if necessary. The applicant may also request for a three-month extension after the six-month period has lapsed.

 

The applicant will be informed about the Registry’s objection to the proposed trademark and, if possible, suggest ways for resolving the issues. But if the objection still stands for any reason, the applicant can ask for a three-month extension but only under specific circumstances stated in the trademarks rules. The applicant may also call for a hearing.

 

Publication

If the proposed trademark has been found in compliance with the trademarks rules and regulations, it will be published in the Hong Kong Intellectual Property Journal. But the publication can also invite opposition to the proposed trademark, usually from a third party.

 

Registration

If there are no issues with the proposed trademark, it will be accepted for registration. The Notice of Registration will be published again in the journal.

 

Keep in mind that there are details in each step that can throw a monkey wrench into a carefully laid-out plan. For this reason, hiring a professional Hong Kong trademark agent will be in the applicant’s best interest, especially in case of high-stakes proposed trademarks. For details of the Hong Kong trademark application, please contact us for free consulation.

 

 

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Checking For Duplications In Hong Kong Trademark Application

While every person and organization has the right to register a trademark in Hong Kong, it’s important to conduct an initial search for possible duplication of trademarks before the Hong Kong trademark application. In some cases, another person or organization may have already applied for a registration or have already been granted a registration for the same or similar trademark. The trademark planned for registration may then be met with an objection from the Trade Marks Registry.

 

Take Advantage of the Services

Fortunately, the Hong Kong Trade Marks Registry offers applicants its Search and Preliminary Advice services wherein information about trademarks can be obtained from its records.  The Registry can perform a search of its database and provide a concerned application with a list of trademarks that are either similar or the same as the proposed trademark. The proposed trademark itself will be compared to the same or similar class of products and/or services; the thorough search is necessary to ensure there’s no duplication of trademarks.

 

The Registry also provides initial advice about the distinctiveness of a proposed trademark. Keep in mind that the proposed trademark should be, in the Registry’s words, sufficiently distinctive such that it can be easily distinguished from same or similar products and services offered by other traders.

 

Emphasis must be made that these Registry services aren’t free. The applicant must complete and submit Form T1 and pay the appropriate fee – HK$400 for every service and HK$200 for every added class of products or services, if any, as of this writing – to the “Trade Marks Registry, Intellectual Property Department, 24/F, Wu Chung House, Wanchai, 213 Queen’s Road East, Hong Kong”.

 

Factors to be Considered in Distinctiveness

Even before filing the trademark application and availing of the above mentioned Trade Marks Registry services, applicants are well-advised to check their proposed trademarks for initial determination of their “sufficient distinctiveness”. The most important considerations include:

 

  • Is the trademark distinctive?

 

The trademark should stand out from the rest of the crowd, whether it’s a word, a picture or a logo. If it’s a word, for example, it can be a made-up word that may or may not be associated with the business.

 

  • Is it a description of the products or services of your business?

 

The trademark shouldn’t be a description of your products and/or services or something that shows the purpose, quality and/or quantity, and/or the value of the products and/or services. The Registry will most likely reject your Hong Kong trademark application if it does any of these things. Examples include “Hong Kong Fashion” or “AAA Quality Watches”.

 

  • Is it a commonly used or well-known term used in industry, niche, or line or business?

 

The trademark shouldn’t be used by nearly every Tom, Dick and Harry engaged in the same or similar line of business – if it is, then the application will be rejected by the Registry. Examples include “V8” for automobiles, “Cow Leather” for bags, and “Swiss movements” for watches.

 

Obviously, applying for registration of the same or similar trademarks already owned by other persons and organizations isn’t allowed under the trademarks laws of Hong Kong.

 

As the trademark application needs professional knowledge and experience, we suggest hiring an experienced trademark attorney for individuals and organizations. For details of the Hong Kong trademark registration, please contact us for free consulation.

 

 

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Who To Hire: A Local Or A National Attorney When Filing For A U.S. Patent Application?

While the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) doesn’t actually recommend hiring a patent lawyer when filing for a patent application, experienced inventors highly recommend it for newbie inventors. The reason: The patent application and maintenance process including settlements and litigations can be complicated so much so that a non-lawyer can find it overwhelming. Even a single mistake can mean financial loss for the inventor, such as when other steal and profit from his inventions.

 

The next question: Who should you hire – a local lawyer or a national lawyer?

 

Advantages of a Local Lawyer

 

If you’re more comfortable working with a local lawyer, then hiring one makes sense. You may have established a good professional relationship with him, researched his background and track record, and relied on a mutual friend’s recommendation, among others. You may just like the convenience of meeting with your lawyer at a moment’s notice, so to speak, to present your prototype or process.

 

During these meetings, you can actually demonstrate your invention and show its novelty, utility and non-obviousness. You appreciate the proximity of your lawyer’s office in setting up appointments.

 

Advantages of a National Lawyer

 

But you may want to look farther than your neighborhood for many reasons. First and foremost, the patent law of the United States has a national (i.e., federal) scope so it’s neither governed nor regulated at the state and county levels. By its nature, patents are valid in the entire country although their validity will only be recognized in the United States, not beyond its borders, as a general rule.

 

The bottom line: The patent protection you’re seeking will have a national scope and, as such, hiring a local attorney particularly a member of the state bar isn’t as relevant as you may think it is.

 

There’s also the fact that patent attorneys should be registered with the USPTO for them to be recognized as authorized counsels of the inventors they represent. Furthermore, they are authorized to represent their clients in any place in the world.

 

This means that where the USPTO is concerned, you and your lawyer don’t even have to meet in person at any time during the patent application process. With technologies like emails, video calls, and messaging, you and your attorney can discuss issues, provide updates, and make decisions without meeting face-to-face.

 

In fact, foreign nationals can file U.S. patent applications through their U.S. attorneys without the need for face-to-face meetings! Every information can be transmitted and received through electronic means, not to mention that patent applications can be made online.

Your attorney’s location isn’t an issue with patent applications. The pertinent documents including the description, drawings and diagrams can be emailed in the required format. The reply from the USPTO can also be done in the same manner.

 

Instead of worrying about the proximity of the attorney to your home or office, you should concentrate on the appropriate qualifications.

 

For details of the U.S. patent application, please contact us for free consulation.

 

 

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