Tags » Patent-Application

Value of patents to start ups

Start ups are famous for carefully deciding where to spend their capital. Investments in research & development, marketing, customer acquisition and other expenses can quickly add up, leaving patent protection as the odd man out. 417 more words

Chicago Patent Attorney

U.S. Patent Office Offers A New & Free Patent Application Alert Service

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has a new service that allows users to receive an e-mail alert when a patent application of interest publishes (creatively named “ 413 more words


USPTO adds alert service for monitoring published patent applications

Over the past few years, the USPTO has come out with a variety of programs to make our lives a little easier.  For instance, the Patent Office just recently established the… 655 more words


Should I file a provisional or a non-provisional patent application?

A provisional patent application is a relatively informal filing that is never examined. Instead, a provisional application “draws a line in the sand” and tells the world that a particular invention was invented on a specific date. 552 more words

Chicago Patent Attorney

Out of Office: U.S. Patent No. 7,631,404 - "Easy Inter Burial Container"

Inventors are constantly looking for problems to solve.  One inventor thought, “we must find a better way to bury people.”  This inventor took one look at a screw, glanced at a coffin, and it clicked – …

190 more words

What this blog is about

Hello. My name is Patrick Muffo and I’m a patent attorney at the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw in Chicago. Much of my practice relates to advising small clients — from start ups to mid-sized companies — on issues relating to patent and intellectual property law. 252 more words

Chicago Patent Attorney