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UTILITY PATENTS are granted for inventions or discoveries of any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.

DESIGN PATENTS are granted for the invention of a new, original and ornamental design for an article of manufacture. In this case, the appearance of the article is protected. (This is very seldom suggested).

PLANT PATENTS are granted for the invention or discovery and asexual reproduction of any distinct and new variety of plant other than a tuber- propagated plant, or for a plant found in an uncultivated state.

The terms "PATENT PENDING" and "PATENT APPLIED FOR" are used by manufacturers or sellers of an article to inform the public that bona fide application for a patent on that article is presently on file at the United States Patent & Trademark Office. The law imposes a strict fine on those who use this, or any other intellectual property term, falsely.

A TRADEMARK or SERVICE MARK is granted nationally to manufacturers and merchants for company and product names, slogans, words, symbols, logos, or the combination of feature for a period of time. Trademark and service Marks may be renewed upon their expiration.

COPYRIGHTS are forms of legal protection issued by the United States Library of Congress for specified time periods in various categories of published and nonpublished original works of authorship which includes: literary, dramatic, musical, visual arts, computer software and certain other works.

Because it is desirable to attain the best legal protection in the broadest allowable terms, the Patent Search should be viewed as another research tool along with the technical and marketing considerations of the new product idea. Upon a final examination of all pertinent information, a Registered Patent Attorney or Patent Agent will be retained to draft, file and prosecute the proper legal protection for the idea.


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Patent Search International is in the business of researching a great number of different product concepts, and its integrity depends on maintaining the confidentiality of each of the product concepts presented to it. Patent Search International hereby agrees that the idea, invention, or product you are disclosing and which you believe to be your own original creation shall not be used, sold, assigned, or disclosed to any other person, organization, or corporation without your permission, and further, that none of the employees, agents, officers, directors of Patent Search International shall utilize the same in any manner unless specifically agreed to in writing by both parties.

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About Patent Search International

One of America's leading patent search organizations, Patent Search International has for many years been conducting patent searches for inventors, business organizations and registered patent attorneys.

Patent Search International enjoys a superior reputation for being prompt, thorough and completely ethical. Two typical letters from satisfied customers are enclosed. Others are available on request


When you have completed this form, please send us photocopies of each page and any attached materials. Keep the original with our signature for your records. Be sure to enclose your check or money order.

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