6. How does the Patent Process Work?

  1. Joseph P. Kennedy,
  2. Wayne H. Watkins and
  3. Elyse N. Ball

Published Online: 2 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118410103.ch6

How to Invent and Protect Your Invention: A Guide to Patents for Scientists and Engineers

How to Invent and Protect Your Invention: A Guide to Patents for Scientists and Engineers

How to Cite

Kennedy, J. P., Watkins, W. H. and Ball, E. N. (2012) How does the Patent Process Work?, in How to Invent and Protect Your Invention: A Guide to Patents for Scientists and Engineers, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118410103.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 17 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118369371

Online ISBN: 9781118410103

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Keywords:

  • patent process, and how it works;
  • acts of inventing/protecting an invention;
  • patent law and PTO rules, provisional patent application;
  • prosecution, and filing patent application at the PTO;
  • continuation applications

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Notebook

  • The Provisional Patent Application

  • The (Regular or Nonprovisional) Patent Application

  • Prosecution: Convincing the Patent Examiner

  • Continuation, Continuation-in-Part, and Divisional Applications

  • Allowance and Issuance

  • Loss of Patent Rights

  • Challenges and Changes to Issued Patents

  • Summary of Chapters 5 and 6