It’s been a long time in the making but it looks like certain types of software related patents are no longer being approved at the US Patent Office. At a recent seminar I was fortunate to listen to Robert Sachs (author of the Bilski Blog) speak about patent rejections in the software and e-commerce […]
The patent office realizes that many inventors and small businesses cannot afford to hire a patent attorney or agent to represent them and have provides several programs and resources for these “pro se” inventors. The term “pro se” means that you are representing yourself before the patent office instead of having an attorney or agent […]
What is a Provisional Patent Application?
So what is a provisional patent application that you have heard so much about? – A provisional patent application is a type of patent application which can be filed in the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). There are many types of patent applications which an inventor can use to […]
The typical Patent Process and Invention Timeline to Protect a New Idea and to patent a new idea should look something like this:
Of course each invention is different and there is no “one size fits all” or standard invention timeline […]
Just came across this great resource put out by the USPTO. It has lots of interesting data but perhaps the most relevant is that the time to get your office action from the patent examiner is about about 18 months from the date you filed your application. See more here (click the image below):
Many people already know that patents are published. However, did you know pending non-provisional patent applications also publish, even before they issue as a full patent? (Note: Provisional applications stay secret and do not publish – see advantages/disadvantages of a provisional.)
Is patent publication a good thing? […]
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