International Patent Protection

Introduction International patent protection can be invaluable. US patents only protect against the importation, sale or use of patented devices and methods within the US.  There is no single “international patent”.  Each country maintains its own patent system. However it is possible to obtain patent protection in other countries based upon your US patent filing, i.e., the application…

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PROVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATIONS

Introduction Provisional patent applications can be of great benefit in protecting innovation. They must be used, however, with a full understanding of the limited protection provided. Discussion A provisional application is a patent application. It is a type of a utility patent application. It may be thought of as a temporary application good for only…

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PATENT APPLICATION FLOW CHART

  Introduction The following is a simplified description on one possible chain of events that occur in the patenting process.  This is a hypothetical patent application flow chart.  See my article on “Behind the First to File Rules“.  Also review my article regarding “Patent Application Elements“. Pre-Filing Outline Document invention in writing, signed and dated…

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Who is the Inventor?

Introduction Often, participants in a startup venture wish to confirm the “ownership” or participation status be seeking to be named in a patent application as an inventor of the patent.  These participants may be making valuable contributions to the venture, but they may not have technical backgrounds and have not contributed to the inception or creation…

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PRIORITIZED EXAMINATION

Introduction The USPTO is sensitive to the time delays experienced in the prosecution of patent applications.  Prosecution of a utility application can exceed two to three years.  The Patent Office has tried various methods to accelerate the process.  For example, certain medical applications, environmental applications, and elderly inventors can receive priority.  The Patent Office now…

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PATENT APPLICATION ELEMENTS

Introduction There are three (3) types of patents. The most common and most valuable is a utility patent. There are also design patents and plant patents. This article discusses utility patents and the patent application requirements. Utility Patent Application Requirements The patent application requirements for a utility patent are discussed  herein.  A utility patent application…

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