Utility Patent Applications
Utility patents protect inventions
- industrial processes,
consumer products, computer hardware & software, machines, materials, methods
of doing business, and more.
To be patentable, the
subject matter must be both new and nonobvious in comparison to what is
A patent application includes a detailed description of the
subject matter, including preferred embodiments, best mode of practicing, and
The application's disclosures must be sufficient to support the
The claims, but not the subject matter description, can be (and
normally are) amended during the examination stage.
preparation incorporates the support and fall-back positions for
claim amendments and attorney arguments.
All patent applications
(unless provisional) undergo a
rigorous examination by a USPTO patent
This examination includes a search and initial determination on
whether the subject matter, as defined in the claims, meets the new and nonobvious
Examiner's initial rejections of
claims are embodied in an Office Action ("Action").
The response to
claim rejections is typically a combination of claim amendments and arguments on
the law as applied to the case's specific facts.
Actions also include any other
objections - typically routine and/or minor if application was professionally
If the application
succeeds at the examination stage, it passes to issuance.
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No one can guarantee that a
meaningful patent will ever issue.
The odds of obtaining
meaning patent protection are only as high as the skill and
experience of the attorney you select.
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