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Applying for a Patent - from the USPTO

The Basics of Applying for (and Maintaining) a U.S. Patent

For someone who has intellectual property -- in this case, we are thinking that it is probably an invention -- to protect, Patent Office staff offer a set of steps for the inventor/creator to work through:

 

1. Determine the type of Intellectual Property protection that you need.  Patent, trademark, copyright?  

2. If you have an invention, determine if your invention is patentable.  Does the invention meet necessary criteria?

3. Ask: What kind of patent do you need?  Utility, design, plant?

4. Get ready to apply.  Legal advice is advised, there will be questions to consider, and you need money. 

5. Prepare and submit your initial application.  This is a formal process, with exact requirements.

6. Work with your examiner.  Expect negotiation.

7. Receive your approval.  Good news!

8. Maintain your patent.  Watch out for infringement, fees due, and for licensing opportunities.

See Applications from Others

(see below) offers another way to see application information and will be replacing PAIR.

Use the Patent Center to Apply and Track

The USPTO offers Patent Center, a "tool for electronic filing and management of patent applications. "  The "Training Mode" feature lets applicants practice using electronic filing before they do the real thing.

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