The preparation of an application for patent and the conducting of the proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to obtain the patent is an undertaking requiring the knowledge of patent law and rules and USPTO practice and procedures. This page outlines Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about patent-related topics and provides useful information from the USPTO regarding the patent process.
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There are three basic fees for utility patents.
What can be patented: utility patents are provided for a new, nonobvious and useful:
NOTE: In addition to utility patents, encompassing one of the categories above, patent protection is available for (1) ornamental design of an article of manufacture or (2) asexually reproduced plant varieties by design and plant patents.
What cannot be patented:
Invention must also be:
"(1) the claimed invention was patented, described in a printed publication, or in public use, on sale, or otherwise available to the public before the effective filing date of the claimed invention" or
"(2) the claimed invention was described in a patent issued [by the U.S.] or in an application for patent published or deemed published [by the U.S.], in which the patent or application, as the case may be, names another inventor and was effectively filed before the effective filing date of the claimed invention."
Information resources available on the USPTO Office of Patent Classification (OPC) site are described below.
The duties of L&R include:
To access Private PAIR you must:
Published patents are not the only content in the Electronic Official Gazette - Patents (eOG:P). Rather, the eOG:P contains a section called "Patent and Trademark Office Notices" in which, each week, the following information is published:
In addition to the information published in the section entitled Patent & Trademark Office Notices, the following is also published in the eOG:P:
What the Inventors Assistance Center can do for you
What the Inventors Assistance Center cannot do for you
The Intellectual Property (IP) Awareness Assessment has ten categories covering various aspects of IP and the questions in each category have been formulated to discover the participant�s overall IP awareness. The IP Assessment includes the below five general categories, that are included in all assessments.
There are five additional categories that all can take or, which may be customized through a Pre-assessment. These five categories include:
Not all businesses have all categories of IP Assets so they have an opportunity to opt out of certain categories by using the customizer or Pre-assessment or may opt to take the full assessment of ten categories containing 62 questions. The full assessment typically requires about 20-30 minutes to complete. The customizer or Pre-assessment can reduce the required time by 10-15 minutes.