14 Dec 2016
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What happens after you file a patent application?

A client of mine recently received their first USPTO action responsive to a patent application that we filed about two years ago. She asked how much it costs to continue with the patent application. I see Office Actions from the USPTO every day, but I realize, that for individual inventors and small businesses, an Office.. read more →

23 Aug 2013
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NSA job listing for “Patent Attorney”

Today my Linked-In news feed flashed up “Jobs you may be interested in” and the first one on the list was this NSA job posting for a “Patent Attorney.” [[Edit: Aug. 05, 2013 – The job posting has expired and is no longer available for viewing. -SKH]] I find this quite curious. Consider that the.. read more →

13 Jul 2013
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What is a provisional application?

In the United States, the USPTO permits patent Applicants to submit an informal provisional application  which serves as a place holder application for a period of one year until the Applicant converts  or replaces the provisional application with a formally prepared and filed non-provisional utility patent application. I generally advise clients not  to file provisional applications absent.. read more →

06 Jul 2013
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Who is an inventor?

A small client asked me this morning: “Who needs to be listed on the patent?” It occurs to me that I am asked this question all the time. The answer is surprisingly simple. All inventors must be named on a United States application for patent. Who is an inventor then? An inventor is any party who.. read more →

02 Jul 2013
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