The Amazon platform attaches great importance to patents and intellectual property rights, so no matter what products you sell in your store, you can’t have imitation brands and imitation brands, otherwise you will be severely punished. Let’s learn how Amazon buys patents.
1. Submit the application
After the application is submitted, the USPTO will issue an official receipt (about 3 working days), and you can see the main information of the case such as the application number.
2. Formal examination
After the formal examination is passed, the USPTO will issue a formal official acceptance notice (1-2 weeks, individual acceptance notices will be issued together with the first review opinion, subject to the actual issuance date of the US examiner)
3. Substantive examination
The application period is 12-18 months. If it is rejected, the applicant must state the opinion or amendment within 3 months from the date of the notification of the office action, and may request an extension of the reply period.
4. Patent registration procedures
If no reason for refusal is found after examination, a notification of authorization will be issued, and the applicant shall go through the patent registration procedures and pay the registration fee within 3 months from the date of receipt of the notification.
How to file a patent infringement complaint on Amazon?
1. You must have an absolute understanding and familiarity with your own products, which is an absolute prerequisite for handling various complaints.
2. According to the patent number, fully read and understand and understand the other party's patent as much as possible.
3. Appearance patent infringement complaints are simpler than invention patent infringements. The core point is to compare appearance patents and find out more than 5 differences in appearance. More than 5 points, the more the better. Generally, it is recommended to write 6-7 points. It’s best to compare pictures and texts. Amazon’s review team is very busy, and they read a lot of appeal letters every day. Our appeal letter can use the easiest way to let the other party understand the difference, the easier it is to be concise and to the point.
4. Pay attention to the format, distinguish the characteristics of your own products and the characteristics of the patent party with different colors, and the key points should be eye-catching. If there are clear regulations in Amazon's background policy, the appeal letter can be highlighted in colored fonts.
5. It is important not only to have reasons, but also to write down plans for the future, which may be because of their humanistic factors.
Brother-in-law attaches great importance to your future business plan, even if this matter does not conform to the logic of our Chinese people, what should I do if I am falsely accused and TM wants to write about the future? But if you don't write it, you can't get through, and you must follow the rules if you rely on the platform to stay under the fence.
6. There is no need to provide information such as invoices for appearance patents. It is best to export the appeal letter as a pdf file. When appealing in the background, it is professional to submit a PDF version. Never use word. There are many versions of word. It is very likely that the version you used to write the document cannot be opened by Amazon. In this way, your appeal will be rejected in seconds, and all appeals by Amazon should not be used in word.
7. According to the information I collected from foreign websites, there are generally 3 chances to appeal, the first time is the most important, but the later one is relatively difficult, so don't waste any chance to appeal, and don't submit it if you are not sure. .
If your product has a patent, you must apply for a patent on the Amazon platform, so as to prevent others from copying your product, and if you go out of the station, you must use legal means to protect your rights.
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