Louisiana inventors and business owners should understand the basics of the new patent law following the Leahy Smith America Invents Act. One of the most important aspects of the new patent law is how the Patent Office will be judging patent applications to determine if an invention is “new.”
In addition to seeking the assistance of a patent attorney Louisiana inventors should focus on the business plans associated with their inventions. The Louisiana Business and Technology Center (LBTC) is a place where inventors and other innovators go for assistance with the business side of commercializing their inventions. LBTC serves as a business incubator for Louisiana businesses and Louisiana technology businesses in particular.
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.