Considered the most complex legal document, this 20 year utility patent is crucial for market success and is the only way to protect your idea though enforceable legal rights. Our patent attorneys have extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting nonprovisional utility patents and have a success rate higher than the average published by the USPTO. A nonprovisional utility patent is a formal, highly complex, strategic, technical document that includes patent drawings, an abstract of the invention, a description of the prior art, a brief summary of the invention’s goals, a detailed specification of the invention, and, most importantly, your legal claims. Upon starting the process we will build a team of not less than three patent attorney/engineers to plan and execute your patent. The nonprovisional drafting process takes several weeks to months to complete and file, but can be expedited if necessary. Prior to beginning the process a detailed consultation is necessary with one of our patent attorneys. During the consolation your attorney will explain this lengthy and complex process in detail, provide you a formal price quote, and answer any questions that you have. There is no charge for this consultation.
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IMPORTANT CHANGES TO PATENT LAW IN THE US
New 35 USC § 102 – FIRST TO FILE
Under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the U.S. patent system will be changing to a “first to file” system. This change takes place on March 16th, 2013 and will impact you. In addition to being the first to invent, you must also be the first to file a patent application or you will not be able to obtain a patent. Both a provisional and nonprovisional patent are considered filings for purposes of securing rights to your invention. Timing is imperative as a result of these changes and you should attempt to have a patent filed as soon as possible. As a consequence of these changes, another person may file for a patent on your invention or an invention similar thereto and prevent you from ever obtaining a patent – this is true regardless of whether you were the first to invent. All patents filed on or after March 16th, 2013 are subject to these new laws.