5 Steps to Patent
Carson Patents has five steps to seeking a patent for a utility, design, or plant invention.
The 5 steps to patent are:  prior art search,  patentability evaluation,  application writing,  application filing, and  patent prosecution. Initially, we start with the prior art search and patentability evaluation. If the claims are patentable, we then write and file the patent application for the invention. As a result of filing a patent application, inventions become patent pending. Determining which claims become patented occurs as we prosecute the patent application. Carson Patents will work closely with you through the following five steps to patent. We offer patent help to pursue patent protection for your invention. Contact us about any of the steps to patenting for your invention or idea.
Patent Step 1: Prior Art Search
Firstly, a prior art search is research to find any products and inventions that are similar to an idea/invention that you want to patent. A professional prior art search is an essential first step in applying for a patent. Consequently, knowing what is in the prior art from everywhere around the world is important and valuable to being able to determine patentability (step 2) and contributes to patent prosecution (step 5). Read more about the prior art search.
Patent Step 2: Patentability Evaluation
A patentability evaluation is the research and study of the prior art to determine whether an invention may be new and patentable. A patentability evaluation is recommended before filing any patent application. In addition, at Carson Patents, we include a patentability evaluation with our prior art search service. Contact us to for help with any of the 5 steps to patent a utility invention. Read more about invention patentability.
Patent Step 3: Application Writing
Then, step three is patent application writing. Application writing is the writing, editing, and preparing the specification, claims, and drawings for a patent application. In addition, at Carson Patents, we include drawings (if needed). Read more about patent application writing.
IMPORTANT TIP: Proper searching before application writing is essential to good specification writing. Specifically, searching guides good claim writing by finding existing similar claims. Further, well written claims improve the protection a patent provides.
Patent Step 4: Application Filing
Step four is patent application filing. Patent application filing is the submitting of all the documents, forms, and inventor disclosures needed for an application to the patent office. Filing of the application is included with our patent application writing service. As a result, the invention is patent pending once it is filed. We will send you an electronic filing receipt the day we file an application for you. Contact us about filing an application for your invention. Read more about patent application filing.
Patent Step 5: Patent Prosecution
Lastly, step five is patent prosecution. Patent application prosecution is representing your invention before the USPTO. In other words, it is the conducting of communications regarding patent examination or proceeding. Patent application prosecution is either  representing a patent application through examination,  appealing an examination decision, or  conducting opposition, reissue, or reexamination proceedings. Prosecution happens after a patent is pending and it occurs both before and after a patent is granted. Contact us for patent prosecution help to respond to an office action from the patent office. Read more about patent prosecution.