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Patent Application Process

Do You Need a Lawyer to File a Patent?

Some key terms used in this article:

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Patent Prosecution Problems

In this article we discuss derivation hearings, divisional applications, reissue applications, substitute applications, and double patenting.

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Responding to a Final Office Action

A “final” action doesn’t mean that PTO prosecution has ended; it means that the examiner is cutting off the applicant’s right to change the cl...

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Patent Prosecution: The Road to Allowance

Acquiring a patent is a little like playing a board game. If you are the applicant, you must move the invention through the U.S.

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Sample Patent Claims for Common Inventions

Patent claims must be specific enough to distinguish the invention from prior art. They must also be clear, logical, and precise (see 35 U.S.C. Sec.11...

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Patent Claims: The Basics

Patent claims establish the boundaries or scope of an invention. They are the standard by which patent rights are measured.

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Filing for a Patent Yourself: David Pressman

This is a portion of an interview with patent attorney David Pressman, the author of the world’s best-selling guide, “Patent it Yourself,” as we...

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Understanding Patent Applications

To get a patent approved by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), you have to do your homework before filing the application, carefully prep...

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Basics of Provisional Patent Applications

Independent inventors are often faced with a nettlesome issue: How to show their brainchild to potential manufacturers without the risk that the manuf...

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Provisional Patent Application Procedures

There are three basic steps to preparing a provisional patent application: (1) searching for known inventions similar to yours, to make sure your idea...

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Patent Searching Online

You have a great idea and want to make money from it. Getting a patent can help you do that. The first step in getting a patent for your invention (or...

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Patent Drawings: Draw Your Own

Preparing the drawings that must accompany a patent application can be an intimidating task. Can you do the drawings yourself -- particularly if you'r...

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Getting a Patent on Your Own

To obtain a patent, you must ensure that your invention qualifies for a patent and then be able to describe it in your application. By taking the prop...

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