Medical device patents: What to know

Start with prior art It seems that innovation in the medical device field generally enjoys a greater probability of making it to the marketplace. When a particular area of technology has a greater chance of making money, you can expect more patent filings. So expect the prior art of medical device patents to be crowded. […]

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What to do when your patent application is allowed

What is the Notice of Allowance and Fees Due? When your patent application has been allowed, the USPTO will send a Notice of Allowance setting forth a 3-month deadline to pay the issue fee. This document will also include a Notice of Allowability starting on a separate page which will include the Reasons for Allowance. […]

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What is a nonprovisional patent application?

What is a nonprovisional patent application? A nonprovisional patent application is what you file to get a utility patent.¬†You would think that a simpler name could’ve been created, but the “nonprovisional” adjective distinguishes this utility application from another utility filing called a provisional patent application. If a granted utility patent is the finish line, then […]

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What is a provisional patent application (PPA)?

What is a provisional patent application? A utility patent is the end goal of a provisional patent application. Filing a “provisional” application alone will not get you a utility patent. It is a temporary placeholder that requires you to follow up with a timely non-provisional application. What do you get by filing a provisional application? […]

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How to understand patent claims

Understanding utility patent claims The claims are often the least understood portion of a utility patent, and yet they matter the most. Attempting to understanding utility patent claims can feel like learning a foreign language. There is a lot of funky claim language like “comprising,” “said” and “wherein,” not to mention the hierarchy of independent […]

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From Start to Finish: Life Cycle of Utility Patent Application

What is the life cycle of a utility patent application? It may help to think of the life cycle of a utility patent application as having a beginning, middle and end: Beginning: Initial filing of non-provisional patent application (approx. 1-2 months); Middle: Prosecution of patent application (approx. 1-5 years); and End: Grant or abandonment of […]

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What is a utility patent?

What is a utility patent? A utility patent covers the functional aspects of an invention – how the invention works. The scope of protection is defined in the written claims. The USPTO has provided an extensive guide on the nonprovisional utility application filing process. Why is a utility patent application so expensive? In most cases, […]

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