Patent Applications

Provisional Patent Cost: How much should you pay for what you get?

How much should a provisional patent application cost? The question you should be asking is not “How much does a provisional patent cost?” That’s because…

Patent Obvious or Nonobvious?

What does patent obvious mean? To be patentable, an invention must be novel and nonobvious. Between these two requirements, novelty is easier to grasp. A…

No More Paper Patents: Why Electronic Grant Matters to You

The Old Days: Paper Patent Certificates It was only a matter of time. For those who prefer having physical originals, say goodbye to paper patent…

How To Patent An Idea: What You Need To Know About the Patent Application Process

Focus on what matters most So much can be said, and has been said, about the patent application process. It can feel overwhelming. To avoid…

Subject Matter Eligibility: How to Minimize Ineligible Matter Rejections

What makes an invention eligible for patent protection? Not every new thing is patentable. A concept might be unique, and yet ineligible for patent protection.…

How Many Granted Patents By US Patent Attorney Vic Lin

How many US patents has patent attorney Vic Lin obtained for clients? As of the most recent update of this post, the total number of…

How To File A US Utility Nonprovisional Patent (hint: don’t do it yourself)

What is a utility nonprovisional patent application? Unlike design patents, utility patents protect functionality. To get a utility patent, you have to file a utility…

What is patent prosecution?

What does patent prosecution mean? Patent prosecution refers to the writing, filing and handling of patent applications. It encompasses the patent examination process from initial…

What is a straight continuation application?

What does straight continuation mean? Patent attorneys will sometimes use the term “straight continuation” to refer to a specific type of child application that stems…

Is a method of treatment patentable in the US?

Are methods of treating humans patentable in the US? Yes, a medical method of treatment is patentable in the US. Of course, methods of treating…

Patent Rejected: How to Persuade the Examiner to Allow Your Claims

Will your patent be rejected? Almost certainly in a nonprovisional utility patent application, you will face rejections. In a design patent application, perhaps not so…

Smarter Office Action Response: File a CIP and skip OA?

What is a smarter way to respond to multiple Office Actions in your patent application? If you haven’t figured it out already, you’ll soon learn…

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