Posts Tagged: patent applications


The Benefits of a Provisional Patent Application

There is a great misunderstanding among many inventors and entrepreneurs regarding what many simply refer to as a provisional patent. The first thing that needs to be …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 7

Defining the Full Glory of Your Invention in a Patent Application

Perhaps the patent laws should not be so generous to allow inventors to protect that which they can describe on paper without any proof of a working …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 0

40 Years of Patent Trends

To uncover and visualize underlying trends in the subject matter of patents, we analyzed four decades of data from the USPTO PAIR database, from 1977 through 2016, inclusive. Extracting …
By Ed Flinchem
2 months ago 1

What is a Utility Patent?

A utility patent is one of three separate types of patents the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) can award inventors to protect their inventions. Generally …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 0

Definiteness and Patent Drafting: The Nautilus Surfaces

Two seminal cases illustrate the techniques of analyzing definiteness in a post-Nautilus world. One case followed Nautilus and the other preceded it, but that case demonstrates what …
By Joseph Root
2 months ago 0

Optimizing Patent Applications: Drafting to Withstand Challenge

Drafting a patent application can be a daunting task, particularly today where virtually every commercially valuable patent will likely be challenged at the Patent Trial and Appeal …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 2

Patent Prosecution 101: Understanding Patent Examiner Rejections

Unlike certain rejections one faces in life, a rejection from a patent examiner is never the end of the story, and definitely not final – even when the …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 24

Patent Strategy: Advanced Patent Claim Drafting for Inventors

Today we pick up our series with discussion of some advanced patent claim drafting strategies for inventors and others new to the art of claim drafting. Sometimes …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 3

The Inventors’ Dilemma: Drafting your own patent application when you lack funds

Before you decide to embark on the path of preparing your own patent application, even a provisional patent application, there are a few questions about your invention …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 10

The China Syndrome: How recent developments in Chinese patents affect U.S. applicants

Chinese patents and patent applications are citable as prior art in most Western countries if they meet the usual criteria regarding publication dates of the cited patent …
By Manuel Fortin
9 months ago 7

The Inventor’s Patent Dilemma: Beware the many pitfalls waiting to trip up the unwary

Getting help from a trained patent professional is the best and safest way to proceed. If you do not have the funds available to seek competent professional …
By Gene Quinn
9 months ago 1

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
10 months 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
11 months 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
12 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
1 year ago 0