How to obtain a U.S. patent: a step by step guide

08 january 2017, 21:29

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Continuing our series of posts on Protection of intellectual property rights. About why to patent your invention in the USA can be found here. An introductory article on the protection of intellectual property can be found here. A patent gives the right to exclude profit from your invention by third parties. The scope of this right is determined by the volume requirements specified in the application for patent requiring too little you decrease the value of your invention and allow potential violators to freely exploit it. On the other hand covering too much you invade what belongs to others and in this case, your patent application will likely be rejected. In order to avoid these costly mistakes and before registration of the application the inventor should know the existing level of technology or in patent jargon prior art. In Prior art search include the level of technology where we examine existing patents and patent applications scientific and technical publications lectures documentation of various conferences, etc. with the aim of identifying the uniqueness of your invention. Once you have a report on the current status of technology and you decided on obtaining patent begins work on your application. The U.S. Patent and Trademark office USPTO distinguishes between the following types of patent documents offering different kinds of protection and guarantees of the invention Utility Patent - is often referred to as the invention patent is issued for the invention of a new and useful process, machine, manufacture or composition of matter. It allows its owner to prevent others to make use or sell the patented invention for up to twenty years from the filing date of the patent application. Design Patent - issued for a new and original ornament on the subject of industrial production. This allows you to forbid others to manufacture, use or sell the patented within fourteen years from the date of issuance of the patent. Plant Patent - issued for the invention of new types of plants bred through selective. Allows you to prohibit others to manufacture, use or sell patented plant for a period of twenty years from the filing date of the patent application. There are several types of patent applications but at this stage we will talk about two pre-Provisional and Nonprovisional later. Filing a Provisional provisional patent application should be understood as nothing more than recording the filing date of which is insufficient to obtain a U.S. patent, because in the end you will still need to file a subsequent Nonprovisional application. However, there are significant advantages in filing a Provisional provisional application It has many formal

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