Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual Property Law Questions? Ask a Lawyer
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what type of patent are you filing for? utility, design or plant?
Ok well lets find out. The USPTO recognizes three kinds of patents. Utility patents, the most common type, refer to inventions that have a particular function. This is in contrast to design patents, which cover non-functional parts of articles, like the unique, ornamental shape or surface of an item.
Do you think you are trying to get a design or utility?
First, A formal application has a few required sections. In addition to drawings of the invention, you'll include the specification, which essentially teaches someone how to make or use the invention. The specification contains the following:
The specification should also include such things as the title of the invention, cross references to related applications, and a list of the figures in the drawings.
Most importantly, your application will include claims, which are listed after the specification. Claims actually define the legal scope of your patent and describe the boundaries of your invention (should the patent be granted). In addition to independent claims, which stand alone, you can also list dependent claims, which are narrower and incorporate a previous claim. Try to be broad at first, so that you can cover the most legal ground for your invention. But you'll probably have to narrow your claims later if the examiner considers them too vague.
You should include several other things along with your application, such as payment of filing fees, a self-addressed receipt postcard, a Patent Application Declaration (PAD) form and an Information Disclosure Statement (IDS). The PAD states that you are the true inventor; in the IDS, you disclose anything else that you're aware of that's relevant to your application (such as another application that's similar to yours).
Unfortunately, the process is far from over when you file your patent, which is another reason to get professional help. An attorney will help you navigate the prosecution process as you fight to get your patent granted by the USPTO.
I understand that is a lot to take in, but that is as basic and simple as i can put the process. Like i said, i highly recommend hiring an attorney even though they are expensive. They know the process very well and will make it much smoother for you, as this is a long process. Best of luck, are there any further questions i can answer for you?
Alright, my answer above does not change. Does that answer your question?
bc of how difficult and intricate your patent claims sound, i would highly suggest you get an attorney, no matter the cost. If you believe your product is worth it.
Is there anything further i can answer for you at this time?
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