Posts Tagged: patent application


A Better Way to File Patent Applications

The PathWays system is designed to help applicants predict which art units an application is likely to be filed before the application is even filed. A unique …
By Megan McLoughlin 17 days ago 8

Is your provisional patent worth anything?

The challenge when you are filing a patent application is you don't know if the invention will become the next billion dollar drug. As you can imagine, …
By Dr. Dipanjan "DJ" Nag 2 months ago 2

Patent Drafting: Define terms when drafting patent applications, be your own lexicographer

Being your own lexicographer means is that you who can define your invention using whatever terms you choose, and after attributing pretty much whatever meaning you want …
By Gene Quinn 2 months ago 0

Patent Language Difficulties: Open Mouth, Insert Foot

Lately I have been in an “educational” mindset more than usual. Next week I will be in Chicago for another live PLI patent bar review course, I …
By Gene Quinn 2 months ago 2

There is no such thing as a provisional patent

It is important to understand what a provisional patent application is, what benefits are provided and perhaps most importantly what a provisional patent application is not. First …
By Gene Quinn 2 months ago 9

Patent Drafting: The Use of Relative Terminology Can Be Dangerous

The use of relative terminology, which are short-hand terms that express a certain similarity, are quite common in every day conversation, but are not always appropriate for …
By Gene Quinn 3 months ago 5

Garbage in, Garbage out: A quality patent requires patent quality from the start

The term patent quality gets used frequently within the industry, but what does it actually mean? At least for the patent practitioner, the question of patent quality …
By Gene Quinn 3 months ago 0

Patent Drafting: Learning from common patent application mistakes

One of the biggest mistakes I see inventors make is they spend too much time talking about what the invention does and very little time explaining what …
By Gene Quinn 3 months ago 0

Patent Drafting: Distinctly identifying the invention in exact terms

In short, a concise description of an invention is an inadequate description of an invention, period. The goal has to be to provide a full, clear, exact …
By Gene Quinn 4 months ago 3

First to File Means File First! The Risk of Not Immediately Filing a Patent Application

When people say that inventors do not need to start with a patent application and can wait to file I cringe. It is not that this is …
By Gene Quinn 4 months ago 1

Patent Drafting: Understanding the Specification of the Invention

This so-called adequate description requirement pertains to the level of description that must be included in the ''specification,'' which is most typically defined as that part …
By Gene Quinn 4 months ago 4

Tricks & Tips to Describe an Invention in a Patent Application

On excellent way to make sure you are including an appropriately detailed description that treats a variety of variations and alternatives is to have many professional patent …
By Gene Quinn 4 months ago 0

Best Practices for Drafting Software Patent Applications post-Alice

Don't be afraid to make the technical disclosure long, dense and difficult to read, at least for those without technical training. In my opinion one of the …
By Gene Quinn 5 months ago 12

Trademark Tea Leaves: Balancing Product Secrecy with Public Trademark Registration

Among the most promising tech tea leaves product launch predictors rely on are publicly available applications and registrations for intellectual property. Given the importance of product launches …
By Brian Focarino 7 months ago 0

Describing an Invention in a Patent Application

It is absolutely critical to understand that this complete and full description MUST be present as of the filing date of your application. If you file an …
By Gene Quinn 9 months ago 1