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February 12, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Worst Kept Secret of Pro Se Filing

There is a myth in the US that anyone can prepare and file a patent themselves (we call this a pro se filing) and receive meaningful protection. Inventors sometimes file academic papers outlining their findings, for example, and attach a basic claim. While an early patent filing that provides a full disclosure can, during prosecution, be amended by a professional to have a reasonable scope of claims, once issued, the patent is difficult and costly to rectify, if this is even possible.

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