Quimbee Patent Law CLE Online
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An Overview of Patent Law
Patent law is one of the primary areas of intellectual property law and deals with new inventions. Specifically, a patent grants the patent holder the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the patented innovation for a period of time (typically, 20 years). Generally, a patent can be granted if an invention meets the following five criteria: (1) patentable subject matter, (2) utility, (3) novelty, (4) nonobviousness, and (5) enablement. Details as to what can be patented can be found on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) website.
In the United States, patent law is authorized by the U.S. Constitution, in Article One, section 8, clause 8, which states: “The Congress shall have power . . . to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” The most important piece of patent legislation is The U.S. Patent Act, which is codified in Title 35 of the United States Code.
The purpose behind patent law is to encourage inventors to share their creations with the world by granting them a monopoly over the invention for a brief period of time. To receive the protection of a patent, inventors must disclose the patented information to the USPTO.
Who Should Take CLE Courses in Patent Law?
Because of the complex and technical nature of patent law, it is vital for patent attorneys to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in patent law. Relevant CLE courses can help ensure that patent attorneys are providing the best advice to their clients seeking to apply for or enforce patents. Additionally, non-lawyers can also benefit from these courses. Engineers and other inventors who want a better understanding of the patent process can learn a great deal from an introductory CLE course in patent law.