Patent relevant pages for a variety of purposes
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.
Reproduced below is the Patent Novelty Statute, 35 U.S.C. 102 as amended by the America Invents Act. It is also available at uspto.gov.
(a) NOVELTY; PRIOR ART.—A person shall be entitled to a patent unless—
(1) the claimed invention was patented, described in a printed publication, or in public use, on sale, or otherwise available to the public before the effective filing date of the claimed invention; or
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.
Inventors should be wary of anyone who approaches them seeking money in exchange for patent promotion services, particularly if they seem too good to be true. The United States Patent and Trademark Office keeps a running list of the inventor complaints that it publishes. If a firm that you are considering dealing with is on the list, it is a must read. If you are an inventor in the Baton Rouge area, you may want to talk to a local patent attorney. The Patent Office also keeps a list of each registered attorney and agent that is searchable by location. In other words, if you are searching for a Baton Rouge patent attorney, you can get the complete list of Baton Rouge patent attorneys at USPTO.gov.