PATENT APPLICATION : AN ORIGINAL AND EFFICIENT WORK METHOD
Preparation of a patent application is the founding act on the path to creating value. It is not simply a “notary act” that turns a scientific or technical note into a formal document.
IP TRUST has developed original work methods to reconcile responsiveness and a strategic approach to patent applications.
The first stage is studying the invention and, with the inventor, searching for prior applications. During this search, the inventor may have to specify some aspects of his invention to clearly show the differences between it and the identified prior documents.
This search may also turn up documents that could question the invention’s freedom to operate.
Good management of search tools, subscriptions to the best sources of patent information and involvement in file processing guarantees the efficiency of this method which involves the inventor for a work session of around three hours.
DEFINITION OF SCOPE OF PROTECTION
The following stage is to develop a set of claims. The legal definition of the scope of protection is based on the search results for prior applications, and takes into account the planned mode of operation. The claims project is then challenged with the inventor to check if the scope does indeed protect the possible variants.
IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF PROTECTION AND PRODUCTIVITY
These two stages are carried out during a half-day work session with the inventor and the patent engineer. This method guarantees that at the end of this session there will be perfect symbiosis between the inventor and the patent writer, a pertinent positioning for the invention in relation to the state of the art and the resolved objective problem, and often the invention is enriched thanks to its confrontation with prior application documents. It also helps considerably reduce later discussions between the inventor and the patent writer when finalising the application.
Preparing a patent application generally takes about two weeks. However, in the case of an emergency, it is possible to proceed with a temporary application within 24 hours in the case of an imperative disclosure (“provisional” application in the United States, or a “temporary” application in France completed later under priority).
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