Posts in Patent Basics


WIPO’s INSPIRE Offers a New Way to Select Databases for Patent Searches Involving Machine Translations

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) launched their INSPIRE (Index of Specialized Patent Information Reports) “database of databases” on November 4, 2020. It provides useful summaries of patent databases …

Understand Your Utility Patent Application Drawings

While it has been said that the how and why of patent application drawings are usually best left to the professionals, I do think it is important …
By Cole Holman
2 months ago 1

Why It’s Time to Board the PCT Train: The Benefits of Filing U.S. Patent Applications via the PCT First

I am going to make a bold statement: every non-provisional patent application for an invention originating in the U.S. should be filed via the Patent Cooperation …
By John White
2 months ago 30

Implications of Filing Subsequent Patent Applications in the United States (Part III)

In Part I, the authors reviewed the law behind subsequent patent applications. In Part II, we reviewed the different types of subsequent applications. Part III will discuss …
By Gary Maze & Jeffrey Wendt
2 months ago 2

Types of Subsequent Patent Applications in the United States (Part II)

In Part I of this five-part guide to U.S. subsequent patent applications, the authors reviewed the law governing such applications. In Part II, we review the …
By Gary Maze & Jeffrey Wendt
3 months ago 0

Getting a Patent: The Devastating Consequences of Not Naming All Inventors

Naming the correct inventors is critical when drafting a U.S. patent. Patents must have all inventors properly named. Deciding who is an inventor is a complicated …
By William Honaker
3 months ago 0

Getting A Patent: Who Should be Named as An Inventor?

Every time a patent application is filed, we have to ask, “Who are the inventors?” It is a simple question, but the answer can be complicated. And …
By William Honaker
3 months ago 6

Make Your Disclosures Meaningful: A Plea for Clarity in Patent Drafting

Legal writing has long attracted criticism. In Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift complained of lawyers’ “peculiar cant and jargon of their own, that no other mortal can …
By Trenton Morton
3 months ago 17

Applying for a Patent in Germany

This year, Germany shot to the top of Bloomberg’s rankings for the most innovative nation worldwide, breaking South Korea’s six-year winning streak. Germany is a …

Autopilot or Advocate? Raising the Bar in Ex Parte Appeals at the USPTO

Despite their best efforts, patent practitioners may reach an impasse during negotiations with patent examiners at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). If an applicant …
By Carlo Cotrone
5 months ago 24

Time to ‘Think PCT’: Rethink Your Global Patent Strategy to Preserve Your Seat at the Table

Greetings; John White here. It is time for you to “Think PCT” [Patent Cooperation Treaty] anew. If the last thing you remember hearing me say about the …
By John White
5 months ago 39

Patent Office Insights from Two Former Examiners

In the United States patent system, patent applications are handled by two separate, yet equally important, groups: the patent practitioners, who prepare and prosecute applications on behalf …
By Robert Lichter & Ryan Potts
6 months ago 60

Conventional Patent Wisdom Revisited

The time is upon us when young patent professionals, many of them fresh out of law school (or out of engineering school) begin their professional lives as …
By Daniel Hanson
6 months ago 27

Develop Your Database of Templates for Responding to Office Actions

Beginners in answering office actions may find it intimidating and hope to learn from similar cases. If they are able to learn from the formats and arguments …
By Wei Wu
7 months ago 4

Background Pitfalls When Drafting a Patent Application

Generally speaking, the first section of a patent specification will be the Background. The Manual of Patent Examination and Procedure (MPEP) recommends that the Background be broken …
By Gene Quinn
12 months ago 3