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What is a Patent Application?
A non provisional or utility patent application is a US patent filing that meets all the requirements set forth by the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). Patents in the US generally have a term of 20 years from the date on which the earliest application for the patent was filed. The written document of a non provisional patent application comprises a specification, which includes a title, technical field, background, brief summary, brief description of the drawings, detailed description of the preferred and selected alternate embodiments, one or more claims, an abstract, and one or more formal drawings of the invention. The drawings must show every feature of the invention specified in the claims. Regular patent-applications are examined by an Examiner at the USPTO, which takes at least 18 months. The regular application for a patent provides the inventor with an application for patent having a priority date and “patent pending” status.
How much does a Patent Application cost?
US Non Provisional Patent: The attorney time to prepare a US regular patent application having title, technical field, background, brief summary, brief description of the drawings, detailed description of the preferred and selected alternate embodiment, one or more claims, an abstract, and one or more formal drawings of the invention ~$3.5-12k (estimate); however, the price depends on complexity of your invention, number of drawings, number of pages, number of embodiments and usefulness of any provisional application/written record of invention. Plus a filing fee of ~$550-$1500 (estimate) payable to USPTO (depends on number of claims, figures, total page count), and $100 per page formal drawing draftsman charge. Time to prep: 3-4 weeks.~$5.0-15k. Please note, we can only quote a range since we do not know the details of the invention. Any additional service are at $300 an hour.
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How to Patent an Idea
US Regular Patent: A regular (non-provisional) application on a patent, once filed, provides you with “Patent Pending” status, establishes an early filing date, and no one can get in front of your filing date. A regular (non-provisional) patent filing requires a number of the formal requirements: specification (a detailed written description of the invention), patent drawings (meeting archaic rules), patent claims, signed oath, inventor declaration, and an information disclosure statement. Filing a Non-Provisional Application starts the official examination process with the USPTO to determine if the invention is patentable.
How to navigate the Three hurdles to Patentability
Usefulness means to have utility as in an invention must be capable of some beneficial use. Novelty means the invention must be new and an invention, in general, is not new if it has been described in a printed publication, known or used by others, or has been in public use or on sale (what is known). If an invention is not new, then the invention is not patentable. Non-obviousness means if the differences between the invention sought to be patented and the prior art (what is known) are such that the invention as a whole would have been obvious to a person skilled in the subject matter of the invention then the invention is obvious and not patentable. As an example obvious non-patentable subject matter includes the following obvious changes substitution of one color for another, or changes in size, changes in material used are insignificant changes or improvements over what is known.