RESTRICTIONS REQUIREMENTS: I’VE FILED MY APPLICATION, WHY CAN’T THEY TELL ME IF IT’S PATENTABLE?

The first communication a patent applicant may receive from the USPTO patent examiner is that the applicant must choose among different claims of the application in order to proceed with examination. This is a Restriction Requirement. Typically, a patent application is filed with 3 independent claims and a total of 20 independent and dependent claims….

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The Patent Application

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. Unlike Trademark and Copyright applications, a utility patent application contains a large quantity of written text, often supplemented with drawings, that are specific to the…

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