FAQ of the Week: Which is the non-eligible subject matter?

which is the non-eligible subject matter?

Question – Just curious, which is the non-eligible subject matter? Before the patent office even considers whether claimed subject matter can be awarded a patent, the office must consider whether that claimed subject matter is the type of thing that is patentable. For example, perpetual motion machines are not patentable because they don’t exist, and […]

FAQ of the Week: Preliminary patentability search cost

faq patentability search cost

Question: Your firm charges $1500 to do a preliminary patentability search.  Does that make sense?  I can get a search done for $500 on-line. Answer: Our searches go beyond merely identifying prior art.  We are also working to figure out what can be claimed, and ways of circumventing the prior art.  

FAQ of the Week: How much does it cost to respond to the PCT search report / written report?

Cost of PCT search report FAQ

Question: How much does it cost to respond to the PCT search report / written report? Answer: There is no requirement to respond to a PCT search report / written report. One option is to file amended claims in an Article 19 amendment.  Assuming that you already have the amended claims drafted from a corresponding US […]

FAQ of the Week: What is included in filing a utility application?

FAQ of the week: utility application

Question: We have a mechanical invention, but don’t want to get into manufacturing of the product without good patent protection.  We don’t want competitors stealing our idea.  You mentioned that it might run about US$ 9000 to file the utility application in the US. What is behind the $9000?  Also, we are looking to protect […]

FAQ of the Week: Patent Expirations

patent law expirations

Question: My patent is expiring in 3 years.  Is there any way to extend the coverage? Answer: Not currently. Prior to 1995, patents could be extended indefinitely by filing continuations.  But since that cutoff, there is no way to extend patents.  It is possible to file applications on improvements to your patented technology, but of […]

Chapter 6: Drafting the Specifications

chapter 6 white space patenting book

VI: DRAFTING THE SPECIFICATION BUY WHITE SPACE PATENTING BOOK: CLICK HERE Click to download this chapter of White Space Patenting (pdf includes illustrations) As set forth in the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP), a patent specification application should include title, priority statements, background, summary, brief description of the drawing, detail description, and abstract. Although […]

Claiming Strategies: Chapter 5

chapter 5

V. CLAIMING STRATEGIES BUY WHITE SPACE PATENTING BOOK: CLICK HERE Click to download this chapter of White Space Patenting (pdf includes illustrations) (1)What Are Independent And Dependent Claims? All patent claims are either independent claims or dependent independent claims. Independent claims stand alone, and do not reference any other claim. Thus, in the following claim […]

Basic Claiming: Chapter 4

white space patenting: basic claiming chapter 4

IV. BASIC CLAIMING BUY WHITE SPACE PATENTING BOOK: CLICK HERE Click to download this chapter of White Space Patenting (pdf includes illustrations)   A)New, Useful and Non-Obvious As mentioned above, an “invention” must be new, useful and non-obvious to be patentable. It’s usually fairly easy to draft claims so that they satisfy the “new” part […]

General Guidelines for Drafting Patent Applications: Chapter 3

CHAPTER 3 PATENTING

III.GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR DRAFTING PATENT APPLICATIONS BUY WHITE SPACE PATENTING BOOK: CLICK HERE Click to download this chapter of White Space Patenting (pdf includes illustrations) It is said that only about 60% of U.S. patent applications make it through the patent office to become patents, only about 15% of the issued patents are ever commercialized, […]

Search Patentiability: Chapter 2

White Space Patenting Chapter 2

II.SEARCH PATENTABILITY TO BRAINSTORM THE AVAILABLE WHITE SPACE BUY WHITE SPACE PATENTING BOOK: CLICK HERE Click to download this chapter of White Space Patenting (pdf includes illustrations) How is it that good patent counsel can often devise white space claims in a few hours, whereas it may have taken the inventor months or years to […]