Patent Application Preparation

As an Inventor you need to be aware of some of the basics or components of preparing, filing, and prosecution procedures for a Patent Application.

Some of the components and related language of Patent Application are:
• Patent Specifications, patent drawings,
• The Filing Date,
• The Claims,
• The Priority claim,
• Patent Security recommendations,
• Patent Publication,
• Patent Pending,
• Patentable Subject matter.

The Patent Claims can be described as the most important part of the Patent, it describes what is new and original in the invention for which patent is being applied for, the patent claims also clearly states the scope under which a patent will be protected. Patent specification normally contains the details of the background and general overview of what an Invention is all about, it may contain figures, and data to back up claims or explain the invention, as well as an abstract and summary of the invention procedures, techniques and systems.

Different countries patent offices have different requirements in regards to Inventors’ Patent specifications and prosecution. It is advisable to get familiar with your country specific requirement to avoid any delay in patent processing.
The claims of a patent specification generally define the scope of protection offered on a patent. This is the legal description of an invention and it is one of the most important components that can speed up your patent application. Inventors use their claims to set out the component that can infringe the patent.

The claims made by an inventor can have some other dependent claims that can narrow down the protection of patents by defining other specific features of the invention.
The filing date of your patent application is the rule that sets up a cut-off period after which any public disclosures will not be allowed to be part of the patent filing procedure.

The rule of Patent application is that the first person to make an application for the protection of an invention will be considered as the owner of such patent, therefore it is important for inventors to note the filing date when preparing their applications.
In order to get a filing date, the regulations set out by the patent office must be carefully followed especially through the documents filed. The patent office usually notifies an applicant if the requirements for a filing date are not met. It is also possible to make any corrections on your patent application without any shift on your filing date.

Priority Claim references a situation where a Patent application claims priority from a previously filed application in order to take advantage of any information disclosed on such a previous application. Inventors can make use of the opportunity in priority claim to increase their chances of getting their inventions patented, most especially when the prior filing date reduces the number of disclosures you can make.
Security recommendations are integral part of the Patent application procedures.  Patent offices may ask inventors seeking a Patent to obtain security clearance before their application is approved or submitted. Security rules differ in different patent offices, but in most cases, all patent applications are normally reviewed and any security concerns will be communicated to the inventor applying for patent. Also, making Patent application in a country other than your home country may warrant some patent security checks.

The Patent Publication are normally made some 18 months to 24 months after the earliest priority date of the Patent application. Just before the publication date, a patent application remains confidential to the patent office, and some parts of the patent application remain confidential to the patent office even after the publication day. The publication date is the official date at which a patented invention is made available.

Patent Pending simply means a warning to a third party that is it infringing on the rights of the original inventor of an idea or invention. This warning is normally send to the infringement culprit after a patent has been awarded to the original inventor. Inventors are usually advised to label their inventions “Patent Pending” so that third parties who are not aware of the patent application will know.
The patentable subject matter is often a major issue of discuss among some concerned experts. Many have argued that the first inventor to submit a patent application on an invention may not always be the main inventor of such invention, therefore experts recommend that Patent offices will need to take some precautionary steps when awarding patent rights on some inventions , they need to consider any objection that can come from other inventors before deciding who originally owns an invention.

Protecting your inventions and getting a patent to cover it has now become easy, especially when you seek the help of professional patent attorney or Patent Agent to handle the legal procedures for you. Inventnet.com provides you a patent attorney directory where you can always refer to if you want a legal representation to protect your inventions and get your Patent application filed. Our dedication to patent rights , and application filing will guaranty your success.

2 Comments
  1. Jack Green 3 days ago

    I did not know anything about inventions, patents, etc, but I bought the book Patent it Yourself and I learned a lot.
    Is very well structured and easy to understand. I don’t know if I will file a patent application myself but I know what to ask a patent attorney now.

  2. victor 1 month ago

    Patent Agents are usually less expensive than a patent attorney when it comes to filing a patent application. and they are as qualified as a patent attorney.
    You can usually find a patent agent that has a degree in the field that is relevant to your invention, a lot of them are former engineers.

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