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We offer help for pro se inventors who want to write and file their own patent applications (pro se help). Our licensed patent practitioners can provide professional Pro Se Assistance. For those inventors who want to represent their own invention before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and/or World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) but want or need some expert help or advice, we can assist you.
Online Do It Yourself (DIY) Patent Services Pro Se Help – starting at only $1200
Patent Help for Do it Yourself Inventors
We offer Pro Se help for inventors throughout all of our 5 patent services steps. You can use us as a patent search service: our invention help expert (licensed patent practitioners) conducts the prior art search. You can get expert patent help to file your own patent application, write your own response to an office action, edit or add new claims to your application, and convert provisional applications to non-provisional U.S. or International patent applications. Check out our patent dos and don’ts.
Important DIY Tip: The Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) from the USPTO contains explanations with references to the statutes (laws) and regulations for all aspects of patent application filing and prosecution. The MPEP describes the proper process, format, and rules for patent applications/claims.Carson Patents®
What is Professional Pro Se Patent Help?
Professional Pro Se patent help is a licensed patent attorney or patent agent working with you to help you search, write, file, and prosecute a patent application for your invention. You remain in control of all of the documents and forms. You remain the representative for your invention. Our patent practitioner is on your team to help. We can provide patenting help throughout all all five steps to patent. The 5 steps to patent are:  prior art search,  patentability evaluation,  application writing,  application filing, and  patent prosecution.
Important Tip: Juridic/Juridical Entities (Businesses) cannot apply for a patent without being represented by a patent practitioner. Read more about who can be the patent applicant.
Filing a Patent Application Yourself
When it is time to file a patent application yourself, if you need help with the search, we can guide and direct your searching or do the searching for you. Read about how to do a prior art search. Determining whether the invention is patentable remains your opinion, but we can be there for you to guide the engineering and state of the art analysis. Of course we can help you write a complete and proper patent application. You draft the content and we review, edit, comment, and suggestion. And, yes, we can help with the drawings or figures as well. Read about how to write a patent application.
Entrepreneur Tip: There are several ways of getting patent applications prosecuted faster through the USPTO. Read more about getting your patent application prosecuted faster in our article on accelerating patent applications.
Responding to USPTO Office Actions Yourself
When you get correspondence from the USPTO about your patent application we can be there with you to respond correctly. Carson Patents can help you write and file a complete and proper response to any office action from the USPTO. Additionally, we can offer suggestions for best next steps as well as the other available options. We can be there for you to be sure you have all the information you need to make the best decisions for your invention.
If you want to hire professional assistance to file and prosecute your own patent applications, or if you have hit a roadblock, we offer patent services to help you. Professional services are highly recommended. Patenting is complex. Even with self help assistance, we recommend you hire a professional from the start. However, we are happy to review and provide mark-ups, comments, and expert tips and advice to help you along the way.
Inventor Tip: the USPTO advises the use of professional patent practitioner help, just like we do.
Patenting Pro Se Help Available Online
Do It Yourself – online patent application services expert for help with how to file a patent yourself. Patent help with our pro se assistance program for Inventors to protect their Inventions at the USPTO starting at $900.
Confidentiality: Invention disclosures to patent practitioners are covered by client controlled privilege.
Important Tip: When looking for expert patenting services help only a patent attorney or patent agent can prosecute patents for you. There is information on patent pro bono programs in our finding free patent services article.