The International Phase of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) begins once an international application (PCT Application) is filed at a Receiving Office. The PCT Application remains in the international Phase for 18 or 19 months. During this time, the PCT Application can enter either Chapter 1 or Chapter 2 routes (see below). By default, all PCT Applications follow Chapter … [Read more...]
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The cost of a patent could be as high as $40,000 or it could be as low as $10,000 to $15,000. The patent cost is expensive so you have to manage those costs to make the patent process affordable. You manage the patent costs by paying only for reserving the right to get a patent later on. If and when your marketing shows your invention can be profitable, you can spend the … [Read more...]
This article will discuss the choice between filing a provisional patent application or a nonprovisional patent application first. So, should you file a provisional or nonprovisional patent application? In general, if you want to delay or minimize patent costs, you should submit a provisional patent application. If you need to get the patent as soon as possible, then you … [Read more...]
On June 19, 2018, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted its 10 millionth patent. Since the inception of the patent system and grant of the first patent, the rate of technological improvement has increased 25-fold as discussed below. The 10 millionth patent (i.e., U.S. Pat. No. 10,000,000) was for Coherent LADAR using Intra-pixel Quadrature Detection. … [Read more...]
On May 9, 2018, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released a proposed rule change regarding the future of claim construction during post grant proceedings at the USPTO. The press release indicated that all post grant proceedings such as the Inter Partes Review, Post Grant Review and Covered Business Methods will no longer use the “Broadest Reasonable … [Read more...]