Intellectual property is a foundation of business. Filing a patent is the best way to ensure you don’t lose control over your idea.
If you are interested in generating income from your idea, appropriate intellectual property protection is an absolute requirement. Whether you are planning to license your idea, establish a joint venture, or run your own business, your ideas are the seeds of growth.
Thousands of inventors are molding our future, every moment, every day. Every great idea comes from a spark in the head of an individual.
When you apply for patent, if the patent examiner has objections to the application, you can either amend the claims of the application and meet the examiner’s objections or convince the examiner that the application is sufficient.
Typically, the United States PTO will issue two Office Actions to each application. That means after the initial examination and after the initial Office Action, the patent attorney will be able to respond to the patent office’s first Office Action.
An examiner will then receive that response from the patent attorney, considerate it, and then possibly issue a patent based on some of the claimed material or issue a second Office Action. In most cases, the patent process will not proceed past the second Office Action.
In those cases, if the patent examiner decides against the patent applicant, the applicant may file an appeal to the PTO board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, which is an administrative law body within the patent and trademark office. If the applicant is not satisfied with decision of the board, the applicant may seek review that decision by appealing to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.