Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Carson Patents FAQ’s
A patent is the legal right to control the making, using, and selling of the invention for a limited time. In the United States, utility and design patents are issued for different lengths of time. Utility patents are issued for 20 years from the filing date. Design patents are issued for 15 years date of issuance. Contact Carson Patents to apply for a patent for your invention or idea.
What a patent agent does is provide patenting services. They help inventors (or applicants) seek patent protection for their inventions. There are two stages of patent services involved in seeking patent protection for your invention. The first stage is filing for patent pending status. The second stage is patent prosecution. Patent prosecution is all the follow up correspondence with the patent office. Contact Carson Patents for help.
Patentability is a determination as to whether an idea or invention meets the criteria to be patentable, and whether it exists in the prior art, conflicts with another invention or idea, or is obvious to a person having ordinary skill in the art. Contact Carson Patents for help.
Patent Claims define the scope of patent protection. The claims define the subject matter of patent protection sought. The language of the claims determines what is patented. Claims must be properly written and supported by the specification. Editing and submitting new claims is common. See our patent prosecution services. Carson Patents includes claim writing in our patent application writing patent service. Also, we offer amendment and claim revision services. Contact us to start the steps to patent.
New Matter is content not found in either the written description or drawings, involving a departure from or an addition to the original disclosure. It cannot be added to the application even if supported by a supplemental oath or declaration, and can be shown or claimed only in a separate application. Contact Carson Patents for help.
These are the drawings, diagrams, flowcharts, and charts necessary for a patent application. Patent applications require drawings if the invention “admits of illustration.” Both US and International (PCT) Patent Applications typically require good, properly formatted, drawings. Carson Patents includes patent drawings in our patent application writing services.
These are a particular type of patent drawing. Flowcharts show procedure/process flow, or process steps. They are useful in many types of patent applications. Flowcharts are recommended and frequently useful in software patenting. Carson Patents includes patent flowcharts in our patent application writing services.
Disclosures to patent practitioners are confidential. You may need or want a non-disclosure agreement with anyone else. Disclosures to patent agents are covered by client controlled privilege. Information disclosed cannot be used or shared without your permission. Patent agents hold the same basic professional liability insurance as that held by attorneys, just limited to the practice of patent prosecution. Contact Carson Patents.
Patent Prosecution is representing your invention before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Patent Prosecution is the patent services needed to either  represent a patent application through examination,  appeal an examination decision, or  conduct opposition, reissue, or reexamination proceedings. Patent Prosecution happens after a patent is pending and it occurs both before and after a patent is granted. Contact Carson Patents for help.
Carson Patents is verified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). We are verified by the VA as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) . We are listed on the VA’s Vendor Information Pages (VIP) at https://www.vip.vetbiz.va.gov/.