Eligibility for reduced fees should be assessed in light of the specific regulations that govern that eligibility. Although eligibility requirements depend on a number of factors, many of which are not covered in this post, the figure above illustrates some of the key concepts that govern eligibility for small entity status and micro entity status at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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?