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    The Idea Of Apostille

    The idea of international document authentication isn’t something that crosses the mind of many Americans. That is, until this process is needed in their lives. Putting an Apostille on a document so it can be considered authentic is something that many can go their whole lives without knowing about. Luckily for us, some people in the past did think about this issue.

    Post World War II Travel boom

    With the economic boom that hit the United States after World War II, many people started to travel. This didn’t just happen in the US but was a world-wide phenomenon. The technology that came out of the war helped create transportation system that was many times faster than before the war. Jets crossed the oceans at supersonic speed and boats were able to cruise farther than ever before. One issue that accord during this travel boom was how documents are treated.

    Overworked Embassies and Consulates

    To get a document approved for foreign use at the time, it had to be cycled through an embassy or a consulate. This created overworked staff that couldn’t approve all the needed documents fast enough. To help curtail this, the leading nations held a conference in The Hague, Netherlands. This conference helped to create the Apostille Treaty, which over 100 countries are involved in right now.

    Beyond the borders

    An Apostille is only needed if a document is to be carried or sent beyond the borders of a home country. This international notary is a way of showing that an item is authenticated by the official government. This covers all official documents from birth certificates to educational papers.

    Why is an Apostille Service in El Paso, Texas needed?

    Each State in the USA handles the Apostille process in a different manner. One State may have a simple policy while another will have a statue that is quite complex. Texas is on the more complex side. Hiring Apostille service El Paso will help guide you through the overt and subtle issues that could come up. They will do the grunt work for you, so you aren’t being shuffled between different governmental departments. They will also explain how the process works and what is going on. They are here to answer your questions and make your life easier. El Paso Apostille service can help the Apostille process go smoothly for you so you can get on with the rest of your life.

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    Patentability Criteria – Statutory Status

    Preparing and following through on a patent application is a costly, protracted pursuit which may ultimately prove futile, unless a prescribed set of criteria is satisfied by the subject matter set forth in the application. Fulfillment of the criteria of statutory classification and utility, may in fact be determined by the prospective applicant with a fair degree of confidence at the outset, and indeed ought to be determined before a commitment is made to this pursuit.

    Statutory Classification

    Perhaps the most rudimentary of patentability criteria is the requirement that the subject matter for which a patent is sought can be classified under one of five “statutory categories”, namely: art, process, machine, manufacture, and composition of matter.

    The boundaries between the statutory classes, when applied to certain cases, are not always distinct, and a certain degree of overlap exists, allowing classification of an invention in more than one statutory class. For example, a new type of scissors may conceivably be categorized as both a machine and as an article of manufacture. However, explicit indication of the applicable statutory class or classes is not required of an applicant. The proper classification is determined during examination by the Patent Office.

    The five statutory categories, as currently defined, encompass a very broad range of conceivable subject matter; almost all inventions with a bearing on the physical world are well within its ambit. There are professional patenting services, such as patent InventHelp agency, that could help you out in the process.

    The “bearing on the physical world” proviso reflects a paradigm, congruence with which is implied by a statutory classification of an invention: it must be a concrete technological solution to a practical problem. Inventions thus endorsed must have a physical manifestation, either a physical embodiment (e.g. an article of manufacture, a device, a machine, or an apparatus) or a physical process of interactions between objects or materials.

    “Disembodied” inventive concepts per se, ingenious as they may be, are not patentable; only a physical embodiment of an inventive concept is patentable, or—in the case of a method/process—a specific series of physical steps to be carried out.

    One corollary to this principle is the exclusion from patentability of innovations relating to the practice of non-technological fields, such as education, commerce, or entertainment—practices governed by human reasoning and judgment rather than by laws of science and nature (though innovative tools for such practices may certainly be statutory).

    Another corollary is the exclusion of innovations characterized solely by their intellectual significance (e.g. abstract theorems, algorithms and computer programs as such, mathematical formulae, scientific principles, and laws of nature), as are innovations of purely aesthetic nature (e.g. fine arts and industrial design). For more information refer to the how to file a patent with InventHelp article.

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    US Patent Law – The One Year Rule

    The purpose of this piece is to examine the sometimes baffling, frustrating, and somewhat unfair, aspects of what’s called the “One Year” rule when it comes to obtaining a patent for an invention.

    Basically, patent law is kind of funky. It’s not easy to get a patent, and this is deliberate. Even in what seems like a straightforward situation, obtaining a patent for an invention is a complicated undertaking. Let alone that there is an odd rule associated with it, one that can knock you right out of the ballgame before you even start. Therefore hiring an agency, like Invent Help, to be by your side is highly recommended.

    According to United States patent law, a patent for an invention may be awarded to either a person or to a company provided that the invention to be patented has not been offered for sale for greater than a full calendar year before the patent’s application date.

    The catch here is that this law is not just related to actual sales, but even “offers” to sell, i.e. advertising, or salespersons making sales offers, so if the invention as a product has been advertised or the product pitched, the one year timer has started and the sand is running.

    If life and law were simple and straightforward, it would be nice if the filing of a patent application should precede any sales effort. Or better yet, if you had been selling the invention for any length of time and had no competitors yet.

    However, life’s rules are imperfect, and sometimes a hot idea needs to hit the market ASAP, either because of fear of a similar invention lurking out there or just because the money from sales is needed for the financial survival of the individual or company.

    As a result, you, as a patent seeking inventor, or any company with a product that deserves patenting, should fully appreciate and weigh carefully what it is that starts the sand running, because when the sand runs out, it’s over.

    So, what exactly is it that starts the one year countdown?

    One thing that will do it is that there has been a sale, or an offer of sale has been made for the invention. This can be documented by either putting the sale offer in writing, in the form of a letter, or email we imagine, even. Or, by direct contact in the form of a meeting where the inventor shows drawings or diagrams and or a functioning prototype and makes an offer to another company or individual to sell them the invention. If either of these have occurred? The clock is ticking. That is why it is very important to have someone professional like InventHelp to guide you – learn why new inventors turn to InventHelp.

    Another criterion is that the invention must be ready to be patented at the time the sale or sales offer occurs. This criterion is met if the inventor’s drawings at the time of the offer of sale or sale were of adequate detail and quality to allow the buyer or potential buyer to produce the invention.

    So, be careful and watch the calendar and your activities so you don’t jeopardize your chances of obtaining a patent.