Maximize Patent Value By Co-Filing Design, Utility Patents
February 26, 2014, 4:22 PM EST
Law360, New York (February 26, 2014, 4:22 PM EST) -- The general objective when pursuing a patent is to obtain protection of a broad scope so as to better prevent others from making use of the patented invention. Indeed, a patent's ultimate value almost always correlates to how effectively it can be applied to stop others from making use of an invention.
A great majority of patent applications filed in the U.S. are utility applications that seek to protect functional characteristics of an invention. However, unless the invention is a process or composition of matter, the...