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Patent Applications – Overview and Process

John Lindsay is a registered United States patent attorney with a uniquely, strong technical background. His passion and excitement is understanding technology in order to assist clients in securing intellectual property rights in their technology. He was a software developer and engineer for more than a decade and is patent pending in electronic vehicle to vehicle signaling systems and traffic flow related software algorithms. Representative client patent draftings include a virtual modeling software, secure digital radio network, a cosmetic formulation, and a golf club backweighting system. In the most recent client survey, 100% of respondents rated the service as satisfactory or exceptional and would use the services of the law firm again.

Major Common Steps in Considering, Preparing, and Submitting a Patent Application

  • In order to start, the inventor provides a description of the invention, often followed by an “inventor interview.” The disclosure should be thorough and include details of the features and steps that illustrate the differences and advantages of the invention over what is currently known in the field. The disclosure is the foundation of a search, a patent application, amendments, and counterargument.
  • Although not mandatory, a search may be performed in order to aid the decision to proceed with a patent application and, if so, to focus the scope of the patent application.
  • A patent application, typically including drawings, is prepared and filed with the patent office.
  • In the case of a nonprovisional patent application, in time (likely far more than a year under normal circumstances), the patent application normally enters “prosecution”, informally referred to as the argument and rebuttal stage. It is necessary to overcome issues raised by the patent office in order to be granted a patent.
Overview of the Patent Application Process
Importance of Diligence in Provisional Patent Applications

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