1Patent ProsecutionTrainingBasicsofPatent Prosecution Process
2?Patent Practitioner:A person who stands between anengineer or scientist with the appropriatetechnical background.
3Module C1. Basics of Patent Prosecution Process2. Patent Glossary3. Operational Knowledge for Practicing Patent Law4. Prior Art5. Patent Specification Drafting6. Claim Drafting7. Advanced Claim Drafting8. Prosecution of Patent Application9. Patent Prosecution vs. Patent Litigation Issues10. Concluding Session
4Patent prosecution …• Patent prosecution describes the interaction betweenan applicant, or their representative, and a patent officewith regard to a patent, or an application for a patent.Broadly, patent prosecution can be split into pre-grantprosecution, which involves negotiation with a patentoffice for the grant of a patent, and post-grantprosecution, which involves issues such as post-grantamendment and opposition.• Patent prosecution is distinct from patent litigation,which describes legal action relating to the infringementof patents. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent_prosecution
5Patent prosecution• 1 Pre-grant prosecution– 1.1 Preparation of an application– 1.2 Filing an application– 1.3 Search and examination– 1.4 Deferred examination– 1.5 Invention registration– 1.6 Appeals– 1.7 Abandonment• 2 Post grant prosecution– 2.1 Opposition– 2.2 Reissue, Reexamination and Interference
6InventorIdea Working ModelIdea Reduced to Practice
7Patent ApplicationInventor Describe the invention in words Patent Application Patent OfficeMail to
8InspectionSpecificationsDrawingsClaimsName &Address of InventorInventor’s DeclarationFilling FeeApplication Inspection
17Finer PointsIs the INVENTION asCLAIMED described in theSPECIFICATIONS?Examiner must satisfy himself anddetermine whether the claims aresupported by the specifications?Is the Specificationsadequate to supportthe claimed invention?
18ClaimsAre they CLEAR andDEFINITE?Are theyUNDERSTANDABLE?
19FIRST OFFICIAL ACTIONPatentExaminerInventorWritten Opinion under USCsection 102, 102, 103, 112FIRSTOFFICIALACTION
28MPEPFrom this presentation, one may be tempted to concludethat patent prosecution is a fairly straight forward affair.In most of the cases, the answer is yes. However, it isworth remembering that the Manual of PatentExamining Procedure (MPEP) is a 3000+ document;and the worst part is that it is not a static document.The laws, rules and forms keep on changing. Even thebasic fundamentals change over time to include newerareas like biotechnology.
29Thank YouGood Luckforyour journeytoPatent Law Practitioner