Before you decide to pursue your idea, you should be confident that a market exists for you new idea that is at least large enough to cover your investment costs and hopefully, significantly larger than that.
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It is advisable to have a patentability search conducted before you invest time or money in a new project idea. If cost is a factor initially, you can conduct a free preliminary patent search on the Internet. However, before a patent application is filed, a search should be conducted at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Benefits of a Patentability Search and Opinion on Patentability
A patentability search reveals the closest “prior art”(i.e. the closest patents, published patent applications and other public information relevant to your idea). The opinion on patentability is prepared based on the closest prior art. It is possible to draft the broadest claims to which you are entitled based on the prior art and the prior art can also serve as a basis for refining your invention further. If a conflict is located, it may be possible to design around the prior art to avoid a conflict.
Our Search and Opinion Resources
We are located in proximity to the USPTO and have a working knowledge of the area and the examining groups. Typically our patentability opinions include patent search data obtained from:
- A computer based search at the USPTO;
- A manual search fine-tuned based on the results of the computer search; and
- If necessary, a follow-up with a patent examiner in the group art unit where your patent application will be examined.
Provisional Patent Applications
A provisional patent application extends the deadline for filing a utility patent application by one year and it is less expensive to file than a utility patent application. A utility patent application must be filed however, within on year of filing the provisional patent application because the provisional application does not result in an issued, enforceable patent.
We have three options to help you to file a Provisional Patent Application:
1.Online Self-prepared Provisional Patent Application ($195 plus filing cost of $130 for small entity).
This is a fully self-prepared “as-is” filing. It is the least expensive way to obtain an early filing date but does not benefit from a review by a licensed US Patent Attorney.
2. Online Self-prepared-plus Provisional Patent Application ($490 plus filing cost of $130 for small entity).
This option includes a review by a licensed US Patent Attorney to be sure the application includes all elements necessary to obtain a filing date and also includes docketing your Provisional Patent Application in our calendar to remind you of when a Non-provisional Patent Application must be filed.
3. In house preparation by licensed US Patent Attorney ($3,250.00 for most applications, of which $1,250.00 is applied to the cost of preparing and filing a utility patent application).
This is the most expensive option but also provides a full review and editing of the application contents by a licensed US Patent Attorney.
As with any patent application, it is advisable to have a patentability search conducted at the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Utility Patent Applications
A utility patent (sometimes referred to as a non-provisional patent) protects the function of a device or method. For more information about Utility Patents, click here.