Posts Tagged: patent applications


Patent Drafting: Describing What is Unique Without Puffing

In fact, many times the patentably relevant information is not described as well as largely irrelevant information about marketing strategies and likely consumer demand. Discussion of what …
By Gene Quinn
4 days ago 0

Provisional Patents: What are they and why do you need them?

The first thing to say is this: there is no such thing as a provisional patent. You can, however, file what is known as a provisional patent …
By Gene Quinn
18 days ago 3

5 things inventors and startups need to know about patents

One big problem independent inventors face when they choose to represent themselves is with respect to the very real problem of admissions. Truthfully, those who are representing …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 14

Drafting Patent Applications: Writing Method Claims

Method or process claims are relatively easy to write once you know what the core invention is and what is necessary to be included in the claim …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 0

An Introduction to Patent Claims

The examination you receive from the patent examiner is never going to be any better than the patent claims you provide. If you provide preposterously broad patent …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 3

Patent Drawings: An Economical Way to Expand Disclosure

U.S. patent law requires a patent applicant to furnish at least one patent drawing (sometimes referred to as a patent illustration) of the invention whenever the …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 2

Minimizing costs while ensuring foreign patent maintenance fees are timely paid

A few years ago, a clearly irritated client asked me why European maintenance fees were so expensive. Apparently, he had consulted the EPO schedule of fees and …
By Manuel Fortin
3 months ago 4

Is This Patent Any Good? How to Tell a Good Patent From a Bad One

Many inventors boast that they did not understand their patent application because their attorney used "legalese." Some even joke that it was so dense that they did …
By Russ Krajec
3 months ago 7

Why Does It Cost So Much to Prepare Patent Applications?

Preparing and filing patent applications in the United States can be a daunting undertaking. Indeed, the cost of preparing and filing a patent application can be quite …
By Gene Quinn
4 months ago 39

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
5 months 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
6 months ago 2

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
6 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
6 months ago 11

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
7 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
7 months ago 0