Back to: Navigating the Patent System
In the following chapters, you will find explanations of patent laws and rules for the patent process. They are synthesized to demonstrate their ramifications and to offer ways to utilize them to your benefit. The book is divided into three general categories.
Section 1 contains a collection of topics that I call the Seven Core Concepts. These Seven Core Concepts encompass foundational patent information necessary for every inventor who goes through the patent process. Additionally, they include the pros and cons of a variety of potential steps before and after you file your patent application. I use the Seven Core Concepts to explain basic patent information, spot common problems, investigate the vision and values of the client, and develop a next-steps plan that is suitable for the inventor.
Section 2 describes my general approach to structuring the content of a patent application. I outline guidelines only, not strict rules. These guidelines explain why some patent application drafting techniques appear counterintuitive but will nonetheless help you review your patent application and communicate your ideas to your patent attorney.
Section 3 is divided into sub-sections that address frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the patent process that I have received over the course of my career. Included are questions regarding whether to file a patent, the patent application process, various office actions including rejections, and options for extending or using your patent once it has been approved. My responses to these questions include general strategies for, and explanations of, the examination process of a patent application.
The information provided in this book is not exhaustive so please check with your patent attorney before implementing any idea in this book.