We are a Patent Services Firm/Office. We offer expert online patent services for utility and design patents. US & International (PCT/Hague) applications welcome. USPTO Registered Patent Agent. Call. Email. Text.
How to Apply for a Patent
At Carson Patents your patent practitioner will work carefully through the following four steps. We will work in close coordination with you to seek patent protection for your invention.
Step 1: Search for Prior Art.
Carson Patents starts with a professional Prior Art Search. This will inform about the products, inventions, and research that are similar to your invention or idea. It offers insight into novelty and patentability. Further, it helps inform on what to address when writing the patent application’s description and claims.
Additionally, we offer Patentability and Infringement Studies that include prior art searches. These studies analyze the claims of patents and patent applications.
Step 2: Write the best description (specification).
Patent Application Writing is second. Once we know what is prior art, then we can write a good patent application. Good searching enhances application writing. It reduces or eliminates potential rejections and objections, saving you money. A professional search will make all the difference in writing an application.
Carson Patents will write a complete application for you. We draft and get your approval on everything. Your patent practitioner will write the specification. The specification includes the description, claims, and abstract. Also, we take care of any drawings needed.
Step 3: File the patent application.
After searching, and writing the application, then we file. We provide the Patent Application Filing. Filing is submitting the application documents to the USPTO. We work with all types of patent applications. US or International (PCT, Hague), Provisional or Non-Provisional Utility, or Design.
Once the patent application is submitted, the invention becomes “Patent Pending.” We file online and will send you an electronic receipt upon completion. Then, the USPTO will send a filing receipt.
Step 4: Prosecute the patent application.
After filing, the final step is Patent Prosecution. Patent Prosecution is communicating with the USPTO to advance an application through examination. While it does happen that an application is submitted and the first office action is a notice of allowance, this does not usually happen. Usually the USPTO will have a few things to say about even the best prepared applications.
Your patent practitioner will notify you of any communications from the USPTO. We will explain available options, and best steps going forward. Then we will prepare the response and submit it. Prosecution continues until examination is complete. Examination is complete when the USPTO issues either a notice of allowance, or a final rejection.
Professional Help Recommended
The USPTO has a fully disclosed process and procedure. They provide details for submitting and examining patent applications. However, patenting is a complex process. We highly recommend professional patent practitioner help. Contact Us to talk about affordable patenting options. We can help you seek patent protection your invention.
Confidentiality. Disclosures to patent practitioners are covered by client controlled privilege. We ensure confidentiality of our patent services by doing all prior art searching, application writing, filing, and patent prosecution in-house. Newly filed applications are treated as confidential for about 18 months by patent offices around the world, but then they are published. Issued patents are public.