Our Services

Drafting Non-provisional Utility Patent Applications

In drafting a non-provisional patent application we first gain a thorough understanding of the relevant technology and the business needs of the client as they relate to the invention and the client’s larger intellectual property portfolio. We then:

  • Interview and work closely with the inventor/client in an ongoing basis to more fully understand the invention and its unique characteristics
  • Review and determine the sufficiency of the invention disclosure
  • Determine any relevant bar dates
  • Initiate prior art searches as needed
  • Execute and record the necessary assignments
  • Execute declarations and powers of attorney
  • Complete the necessary patent office forms and cover sheets
  • Determine patent office filing, search, examination and claim fees
  • File any necessary information disclosure statements
  • Acquire and file formal drawings when needed

In addition, the client is kept fully abreast of the prosecution by a report letter upon the filing of the patent application, the granting of a filing date and the receipt of the first Office Action.

Drafting Provisional Utility Patent Applications

In the United States an inventor may file a provisional patent application. This is an application that requires no claims and is never formally examined. The inventor then has one year in which to file a non-provisional application. The non-provisional application is the document that is actually examined.

The provisional application can be used, for example, to acquire an early filing date for the application and the intervening year used to determine the commercial viability of the invention.

Our Fee Structure

The cost of preparing a non-provisional patent application varies depending upon the complexity of the invention and the amount of detail provided in the invention disclosure. The more and better detail provided, the easier it is for the attorney to grasp the ‘point of novelty’ of the invention, describe the invention in the specification and draft claims accordingly.

The filing fee for a provisional application is less than that of a non-provisional application. Also, because there are no claims required in a provisional application, it can be drafted and filed for less than a non-provisional application.

We can quote a fee for preparing a patent application only after reviewing the invention disclosure and determining its sufficiency, as well as the technical and scientific complexity involved.


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