The granting of formal recognition of a trademark, copyright, industrial design, or integrated circuit by the controlling government authority.
Registered Patent Agent
A non-lawyer specialist registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office entitled to prepare and prosecute patent applications.
Registered Patent Attorney
An attorney registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as well as before the federal and state courts.
A trademark entered on the federal government’s Trademarks Register, which formally recognizes the owner’s rights to the mark.
Registrar of Trademarks
The official responsible for the United States Trademark Office.
Registrar of Copyrights
The official responsible for the United States Copyright Office.
Industrial designs: Fee required in order to renew the rights to an industrial design for a second five-year period for designs registered prior to January 1, 1994.
Trademarks: Fee required in order to renew a trade-mark registration for an additional fifteen-year period.
Representative for service
A person in a country appointed by the applicant or registered proprietor to receive documents on his/her behalf.
Rome Convention country
A country that is party to the international convention for the protection of performers, producers of phonograms and broadcasting organizations done at Rome on October 26, 1961.
A sum paid to the holder of a patent, trademark or copyright for the use of their works, or other subject matter.
The act of searching through intellectual property records in order to verify whether a patent, trademark or design has been previously filed or registered.
"Small entity" in respect of an invention, means an entity that employs 50 or fewer employees or that is a university, but does not include an entity that: (a) has transferred or licensed, or is under a contractual or other legal obligation to transfer or license, any right in the invention to an entity, other than a university, that employs more than 50 employees, or (b) has transferred or licensed, or is under a contractual or other legal obligation to transfer or license, any right in the invention to an entity that employs 50 or fewer employees or that is a university, and has knowledge of any subsequent transfer or license of, or of any subsisting contractual or other legal obligation to transfer or license, any right in the invention to an entity, other than a university, that employs more than 50 employees.
Special Order Examination
A request to the Patent Office for early consideration of a patent application.
Part of the patent application. It includes a detailed description of the invention, claims specifying the aspects of the invention for which protection is sought, and the extent of the protection being sought.
A standard charge for use of copyrighted works. Usually applies to fees paid by users of musical works and cable companies for the rebroadcast of programs.
A word, symbol or design, or combination of these, used to distinguish the goods or services of one party from those of another.
Information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program device, method, technique, or process, that: (i) derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from no being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable by proper means by, other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use, and (ii) is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy.
A trademark agent is a person in a country other than the United States whose name is entered on the list of trademark agents and who is therefore entitled to practice before the respective Trademark Office.
Federal legislation governing trade-mark in the United States, its possessions, and its territories.
The federal agency responsible for registering trademarks in the United States.
The inventory of registered trademarks and pending applications maintained by the Trademark Office.
The official listing of registered trademarks.
The name under which a company chooses to operate. Trade names may or may not be considered trademarks, depending on the circumstances.