Released Inventions

Patent Prosecution and IP Counseling

·         What is a patent?

·         What is the process?
          o   Search
          o   Provisional v Nonprovisional
          o   Filing
          o   Prosecution
          o   Issuance
          o   Continuation
          o   Maintenance

·         Bar Dates

·         What is a Trademark?

·         What is a Copyright?

Issuance  - Hopefully the examiner allows the application to issue into a patent. An issue fee is paid to the USPTO and the patent issues.


Continuations/Appeals  - If the examiner does not allow the patent to issue but gives a final rejection that is not necessarily the end for the applicant. A continuation may be filed and the prosecution begins again. Or if there is strong ground, the applicant may appeal the examiner’s rejection.


Maintenance – After the patent has issued, the patentee must pay maintenance fees 3.5 years, 7.5 years, and 11.5 years after issuance.