Interested in how to be a patent attorney? There is a difference between being an attorney and specifically being a patent attorney... Most people are unfamiliar with the process individuals must go through in order to become a patent attorney. The difference lies in the fact that representing clients before the United States Patent Office requires attorneys to pass the Patent Bar Examination in addition to the standard state bar examination.
You have stopped yourself from seeking patent protection because you did not think you would be able to go through with it. Was it because you thought it already existed or because you are not an expert in the field?
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There are, of course, more than 3 reasons why a patent application might be ejected by a patent office, however, if you decide to take on the task of preparing and filing an application on your own, we've compiled some important take home tips to keep in mind:
You've invested countless hours and brain power into your invention and it's finally ready to present to the world. The next question on your mind - "How much is it going to cost me to protect my idea?" Below we provide a comparetive outline of patent procedure and costs for boutique law firms across the US against MU Patent costs.
The following information intends to answer some of the initial questions you may have in pursuing protection for your invention. Patent law is not an area of common sense, and feeling lost when you are just getting started is not uncommon. This post will answer the questions you may hesitate to ask.
Alice Series: Part 4. Congrats, you made it through the Alice decision journey so far! Understanding the basic principles of Alice and how they are applied to the patent application process is the first step. Now, see below for specific tips to draft applications to overcome Alice and ensure your patent application is accepted.
Alice Series: Part 3. Now that it’s clear what ‘abstract concept’ is and how it applies to an ineligible patent, let’s discuss how to transform this lacking concept to patentable matter.
Alice Series: Part 2. The definition of an “abstract idea” by The Court is as follows: “a fundamental economic practice long prevalent in our system of commerce”, and a “building block of the modern economy.” The Court in Alice provides examples of ineligible claims of abstract ideas. Consider the following examples below:
Alice Series: Part 1. The Alice decision has changed the landscape of software patenting in the US. The Supreme Court provided a powerful negation of business method patents but with little guidance on where the line can be drawn for valid subject matter in the area of software and intangible computer inventions. The Court reaffirmed the Mayo test and brought it into the forefront. One thing is certain – USPTO Examiners are issuing 35 U.S.C. 101 objections at the faintest scent of a generic computer.