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Patents & IP: Patent Prosecution
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This article outlines the process for applying for, and maintaining your patent.

  • Video ~ Patents: Strange Truths about Prosecution
This video discusses the patent prosecution process, and highlights how the rules can seem a little surprising to an independent observer.

  • Video ~ Elements of a Utility Patent Application
A utility patent protects a new invention or improvements on existing inventions which are functional. Utility patents are issued to any functional new inventions or improvements on a machine, process, product or to the composition of matter. This video describes the various components of a utility patent application.

  • Video ~ US Patent Reform
What are the key provisions of the new patent reforms? What impact does the patent reforms have on the patent wars, litigation, patent values, innovation and startup entrepreneurship?

  • Video ~ America Invents Act
Former President of the U.S., Barack Obama signed the America Invents Act into law. Video provides the views of former U.S. President, Obama, among others regarding the America Invents Act.

  • Video ~ USPTO AIA Informational Video #1
On March 16, 2013, a change occurred in U.S. patent law. The United States moved from a first-to-invent patent system to one that issues patents to the first inventor to file.

  • Video ~ USPTO AIA Informational Video #2
This is the second video in a series of four that cover the change in patent law to first-inventor-to-file. Here you will find a brief discussion of the exceptions to prior art as described in the first video.

  • Video ~ USPTO AIA Informational Video #3
This is the third video in a series of four that cover the change in patent law to first-inventor-to-file. Here you will find a further discussion of what constitutes prior art under the new law.

  • Video ~ USPTO AIA Informational Video #4
This is the fourth video in a series of four that cover the change in patent law to first-inventor-to-file. Here you will find a brief discussion of the exceptions to prior art as described in the third video.

  • Video ~ What are the Important Deadlines for a Patent Application?
When filing a patent application, there are certain deadlines to consider. Missing deadlines can lead to the application being deemed abandoned. This video discusses some of the important deadlines.

A USPTO patent examiner may issue several different types of official letters about your application. This article provides a description of each type and information on how to respond. It is very important to carefully read the USPTO correspondence to understand what type of response is needed and the time period for filing one.

The preparation of an application for patent and the conducting of the proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office to obtain the patent is an undertaking requiring the knowledge of patent law and rules and Office practice and procedures, as well as knowledge of the scientific or technical matters involved in the particular invention. Inventors may prepare their own applications and file them in the USPTO and conduct the proceedings themselves, but unless they are familiar with these matters or study them in detail, they may get into considerable difficulty. Most inventors employ the services of registered patent attorneys or patent agents. The law gives the USPTO the power to make rules and regulations governing conduct and the recognition of patent attorneys and agents to practice before the USPTO.

  • Video ~ Patent Application Process & Timeline
How long does it take to get a patent?

  • Video ~ Fast Track Accelerated Patent Examination
Following passage of the America Invents Act, the USPTO now provides ways to fast track or accelerate patent examination.

The USPTO has established procedures under which the examination of a patent application may be accelerated.

The USPTO offers "Track One" for prioritized examination of your utility and plant patent applications.



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