Protecting your invention requires a patent, acquired through a patent application. Before applying for one, you will need to know:
Who are eligible to apply for a patent?
What are the eligibility criteria for getting a patent?
How I know the patentability of my invention?
How long my patent protection will last?
How much getting a patent will cost?
Is my invention publicly disclosed?
Answering these questions is not as simple as you think, as it demands skill and knowledge, warranting a thorough search of previous public disclosures, including foreign patents and printed publications, which you alone cannot do. This is where you need the expertise and assistance of patent drafting services in finding those answers, to end in drafting a flawless patent application.
The Patent application is the process of applying for a patent, and is a complex legal document. It is basically a request placed before a patent office, for granting a patent for the invention referred to and claimed in the application. The patent application involves a patent specification, official forms, and correspondences, and also a title to the invention, name of technology, problems and existing arts, invention summary, drawing, and invention abstract.
In order to present an invention for critical examination and evaluation by the patent office, the application must have a perfect patent drafting. In its entirety, the patent drafting is a creative and tailored process, where the idea of an inventor is moulded and designed into a valid document.
We, at PSI, knowing patent drafting is more an art than science, have mastered it for delivering in the most appealing way, as a seamless, cost effective, and error free document, that is complete in itself.
Nevertheless, many a patent attorneys, inventors, investors, and corporate executives believe patent protection is expensive, leading to inappropriate allocation of prosecution funds, and improper funding for research and development.
That’s why we developed a patenting strategy that realises what the business wants, pushing the cost factor away from the initial protection to future prosecution. Every patent application, which is drawn, reviewed, edited, and filed through us, will end in fulfilment.
At PSI, we regularly update ourselves on the most recent developments and industry trends, complying with all the tests formulated by the US courts, enabling the granting a patent easier, and making it unyielding to any litigation thereof.
We draft all applications, according to the sections of Title 35, which govern all aspects of the US patent laws, especially 35 U.S.C.112 and 35 U.S.C 103 that regulate Patentable Inventions and Conditions for Patentability.
Types of Patent Applications:
The main types of patents granted by the US Patent Office are utility patents and design patents, out of which the most common one is the utility patent. The application for the utility patent is more expensive than the application for a design patent, as the former one protects your invention better than the latter, by defending the functional part of your invention, all the while avoiding any patent infringement. Additionally, you can safeguard your multi product variations, using a single utility patent.
Though the design patents are cheaper and are acquired faster, it will not protect the functional features of your invention, as changing the design and overall appearance of your competing product is quite easy.
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), provides the inventors with a low cost filing system of provisional application, since 1995, to give the U.S. applicants parity with the foreign applicants, under 35 U.S.C. 111 (b). This option does not call for a formal patent claim or oath, and needs no prior art statement at all. It is meant to establish an early effective filing date in a subsequent non-provisional patent application, as per 35 U.S.C. 111 (a).
A Provisional Application gives you immediate protection for your invention, till the expiry of 12 months, allowing you to claim a “Patent Pending” status for the same period. The 12-month period is not extendable, necessitating you to file a corresponding non-provisional application for patent, for reaping the benefits of the previous filing. These limitations on the patent protection are the main reason for a comparatively low fee, in filing a provisional application.
A Non-Provisional Application is a regular application, which leads to prosecution and then patent, if all requirements are fulfilled. Most of the applications filed with the USPTO, belong to the non-provisional category of applications for utility patents. In order to prepare and file this application, claims are mandatory requirement, as it sets the scope of your invention.
Considering the complex nature of a patent application, only patent service agencies that have garnered enough experience and expertise are entitled to draft it, so that you don’t miss out any details of your invention.
We, at PSI, seek all feasible measures to shield your invention in a more secure and flawless way to get it patented within a reasonable time. This we achieve, through our ever continuing and uncompromising, three level quality check before delivering every patent application.