Patent applicants have a duty to disclose relevant prior art to the Patent Office during the application process. The following sections address some of the basic principles associated with that duty of disclosure. Continue reading Duty of Disclosure in US Patent Applications
Inventors have the right to prepare and file a patent application without the assistance of a patent lawyer. Inventors have always had this right, referred to as prosecuting a patent pro se, which is described in the Code of Federal Regulations (37 CFR 1.31) and in the Manual of Patent Examination Procedure (section 401). Well-funded organizations rarely seek patent protection without the assistance of a lawyer. Continue reading Patent Applications without a Lawyer?