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Our Utility Patent Application Process

  1. Complete questionnaire

    Simply answer a series of straightforward questions online. Once complete, you'll be asked to submit some informal sketches or drawings of your invention.

  2. A patent attorney or agent provides initial consultation

    A USPTO-registered patent professional from an affiliated patent firm will provide you with a patent consultation by phone. The professional will review your invention, answer your legal questions, provide suggestions on improving your patent, and give you a written summary of the consultation.

  3. Comprehensive search (optional-$399)

    A comprehensive search for published patents and applications is conducted in your field of invention. Following your search, you can select up to three patents to be reviewed by a USPTO-registered patent professional.

  4. Professional Patent Drawings

    Based on your description and sketches, a technical illustrator will work with you to create up to four pages of professional-grade drawings. They can be used to develop prototypes for inventions and are generally required by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for U.S. patent applications.

  1. A patent attorney or agent provides initial consultation

    A USPTO-registered patent professional from an affiliated patent firm will conduct a phone interview regarding the details of your invention.

  2. A patent professional prepares your application

    Your patent attorney or agent will prepare up to two drafts of your utility patent application. This includes up to five pages of Specifications, ten Claims (with up to three independent claims), Abstract and Information Disclosure Statement based on up to 10 references that you provide.

  3. Your Patent Application is Filed with the USPTO

    Your patent professional will file your completed application as a small entity with the USPTO.

  4. The USPTO reviews your patent application

    The USPTO assigns a patent examiner to review your application and determine whether to award a patent. This process can take up to 36 months, or even more in some cases.


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