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The international phase There's no requirement to respond to the ISR or written opinion. While you are provided with the opportunity to file article 19 or 34 amendments and provide arguments, and these may be considered at the international phase, many countries will just re-search and re-examine your application anyway during the national phase. You may ...


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Note that after filing the PCT, you won't really need to do anything until December 1, 2019 (30 months after the PCT app priority date), at which point you will incur costs going into the various national stages. After the June 1, 2018 window closes, your application content will be effectively "locked down". Therefore, it's not possible to rectify lack of ...


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My best advice is to ask other inventors you know. Also, the top person in town is very unlikely to edit and finalize patent applications written by the inventor. It's like the mechanic's sign: $50/hour, $60 if you watch, $80 if you help.


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Seeing that your profile says you're in Palo Alto and affiliated with Stanford, I think you could probably find a good patent attorney just by driving up and down Page Mill Road, or asking some of your colleagues. But perhaps you were looking for something more? One approach is to look at successfully asserted or widely-licensed patents in your field and ...


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Unfortunately, the patent system has evolved to the point where it is unlikely for there to be a "win/win" situation for the independent inventor/small business and a "patent professional." Transactional costs for patent attorneys can be staggering, arising from ever-increasing insurance premiums, employment costs, on-line services fees, and the hidden cost ...


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Perhaps you can look at it this way. How many countries do you really plan to enter once the PCT Application enters national phase entry. If its only USA or few handful more (say Canada and Europe), then you can altogether avoid the PCT. Instead, by June 01, 2018 prepare the non-provisional application with a professional US patent agent / attorney and use ...


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An inventor wants someone to work with where the fees are reasonable and never a surprise. It is also important to find someone you can communicate well with and who has the expertise, time and will to actually understand the core of your invention. Both inventor and applicant need to view a patent is a business tool and not an end unto itself. Of corse a ...


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You are free to retract the Power of Attorney you signed and take over the case but you will need to do that before you send in anything. The USPTO will not deal with you while your attorney is still empowered. Also you can change attorneys. There is no requirement to stick with the practitioner who originally filed. Writing a patent well is hard for a ...


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As a solo practitioner, I'd like to explain the advantages of going the other way. Yes you will pay more to work with a big firm, but there can be added-value that makes it worth it. The software consultant working through a large organization may not get specific support from that large organization that provides a benefit to you, the client. In the case ...


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Any client has the right to change attorneys at will. However, before you fire your present attorney I am wondering why you are continuing with this attorney to file the application? You should carefully think about why you are switching attorneys? Please answer the following questions:Do you have a contract with your current attorney? Will changing ...


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Yes, you can easily do this yourself. The reason I would consider using an attorney in situations like this relate to the question of what happens if something goes wrong? The attorney is less likely to get things wrong and has insurance to make you whole if they do get it wrong. While costly, your situation may warrant using a patent attorney. ...


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In general there are many requirements and rules which may limit protection if a inventor files patent application of its own. But its a altogether myth that inventor cannot draft good patent application its another issue that he might have shorter claim but that can be covered if drafting is proper:- Its my personal recommendation that an Inventor should ...


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You will not be able to change the specification or drawings in any manner other than to correct a typo (an error in the text that is clearly an error and clearly only has one way to be fixed can be changed) or improve the legibility of a drawing. Your attorney will be stuck with your errors of omission and commission. As another answer mentions, the claims ...


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Is there database for for patent lawyer customer numbers in US? I don't believe so. Patent practitioners have a registration number which is publicly searchable at the USPTO (as you have found). However, I do not believe there is any way to search by customer number. An an aside, the customer number is used to appoint a firm of attorneys to act for you, ...


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That is between you and the patent attorney of course, but you might want to consider the quality of work done by an attorney prividing a money back guarantee. Even if he or she gets your invention patented (thereby earning their fee under the proposed arrangement) it may very well be drafted poorly such that your patent offers narrow protection and a smart ...


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Primarily Opinion based answer:- Attorney or legal firm can be applicant for number of inventions in diversified filed. as it only right transfer i.e. rights are purchased and inventor is compensated for inventive subject matter. such transfer as via assignments, bonds etc. Now comes to attorney or agent being inventor of diversified filed, Patent law as ...


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In Short You dont need a attorney if you are inventor of invention. All patent offices can deal with the inventor/applicant itself. Its the local address requirement which makes it harder or to require attorney (because of confidentiality). However for filing you can follow my earlier answer here Patent filing procedure without a patent attorney Some ...


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Searching is a highly debated process, and a lot of patent professionals will argue that you shouldn't do a search, or that you have to. I know that's not your question, but it's an important piece of the answer. The short answers to your questions are: any company can provide a searching service, maybe, and yes. Ultimately, the entirety of the burden ...


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Bear in mind that a very common response to allegations of infringement is an "inequitable conduct" defense, which basically says that the inventor OR the patent lawyer withheld material information from the patent examiner. You really want to be on good terms with any lawyer who had a part in prosecuting the patent. I doubt that a good lawyer would commit ...


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The USPTO maintains a list of attorneys and agents with licenses to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. Currently, there are 10741 active agents and 31669 active attorneys. All searches reflect current information. Information concerning a practitioner's status as an attorney is based on records provided to the Office of Enrollment and ...


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I work for a company that might be able to help. Here is a way to identify patent attorneys active in specific technological areas and geographical regions: http://www.patent-pilot.com/en


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