Are you eligible for reduced patent fees?

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 […]

Patent Applications without a Lawyer?

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 […]

Don’t fall for a patent scam

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, […]