Patent Prosecution Services
Step 4: Prosecute
For design and utility patents, patent prosecution is the fourth step to patenting. Patent Prosecution is representing your invention before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Patent Prosecution Services are usually one of these three activities:  representing a patent application through examination (responding to office actions),  appealing an examination decision, or  conducting opposition, reissue, or reexamination proceedings. Prosecution happens after a patent is pending. It occurs both before and after a patent is granted. Back to Steps | Utility Patents.
Pre-grant patent prosecution is conducting communications with the USPTO about an application. Specifically it is communication regarding the examination of an application. Most frequently pre-grant patent prosecution is these one of these five things:  responding to office actions.  filing amendments.  new claims.  petitions.  examiner interviews. Start the steps to patenting your invention or idea in a utility patent application, contact us. Back to Steps | Utility Patents.
Post-grant patent prosecution is conducting communications with the USPTO after grant of a patent. Post-grant prosecution may include any of these three actions: First, USPTO issues regarding opposition to the patent. Second, reissues to add claims or correct mistakes in granted patents. Or, third, reexamination proceedings. Contact us for details and options for post-grant proceedings, or, to start the steps to patenting your invention or idea in a utility patent application. Back to Steps | Utility Patents.
Office Action Responses
Responding to an office action is submitting a responsive written reply back to the patent office. USPTO office action responses must include a complete response to all issues raised in the office action. Office actions include both rejections, and objections. Proper and complete responses to all issues raised in an office action are important. Thus, Carson Patents highly recommends patent practitioner help to respond to USPTO Office Actions. Contact us for help responding to an office action, or to start the steps to patenting your invention or idea in a utility patent application.
Amendments to patent applications become necessary for many reasons. A complete USPTO office action response can make an amendment necessary. If updates, corrections, and explanations are needed, submitting an amendment is necessary. Patent applications need to fully disclose how to make and use the invention. The application documents need to be clear, complete, and in proper form. In other words, details matter. Carson Patents provides all patent services for writing and submitting amendments for pending patent applications. Contact us to get an amendment written, or, to start the steps to patenting your invention or idea in a utility patent application.
New and Revised Claims
For pending patents, and in response to office actions, revising existing claims and writing new claims can become necessary. Submitting new claims, and revising and resubmitting existing claims typically occurs as part of office action responses. Above all, claims must be in proper form, not indefinite, and supported by the written description and the drawings. Carson Patents provides writing new and revised patent claims. Contact us to get new or revised claims written for your pending patent, or to start the steps to patenting your invention or idea in a utility patent application.
- Petitions to Make special – age and health.
- Revival based on unintentional delay.
- Petitions to Revive Abandoned Applications.
- Small Entity Entitlement.
- Petitions to Review Previous Decisions.
- Expungement of papers.
- Prioritized Examination (Track One)
- Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH).
- Petition for retroactive foreign filing license.
These are audio or video interviews with the examiner about the details of a patent application. Examiner interviews are conducted for many reasons. For example, with, patent applications it is often for the purpose of advancing prosecution. In other words, moving the application forward as quickly as possible. We can discuss examination details, and claims. Further, we can propose new, or amended claims.
There are, at least, three examples of good reasons to conduct an examiner interview. First, sharing understanding of the invention. Second, discussing the patentability of the claims. And, third, to determine election options after a restriction office action. Examiner interviews can help determine the best way to respond to an office action. Frequently, examiner interviews can be pivotal during patent prosecution. Therefore, Carson Patents highly recommends patent practitioner help for examiner interviews. Contact us.
Other Patenting Actions
USPTO patenting actions may include many other things. Such as: submittals, petitions, and actions. Contact Carson Patents. We offer help with any patent, or patent application action.
- Requests for Continued Examination.
- Restriction Practice (proper responses to restriction office actions).
- Double Patenting.
- Terminal Disclaimers.
- Citation of Prior Art.
- Supplemental Examination.
- Ex-Parte Reexamination.
- Requests for Reconsideration & Appeals.
- Patent Trial and Appeal Board Proceedings.
We prosecute all kinds and types of patents
- Utility. Design. Plant. US. PCT. Hague. (International) Applications.
- Provisional Patent Applications (PPA) Patent Pending Applications.
- Provisional to Non-Provisional Conversions & Applications.
- Requests for Continued Examination. Continuation.
- Continuation in Part. Divisional. Substitute Applications.
- Contact us for patent prosecution help. Or, to start the steps to patent for your idea or invention.
Important TIP: Looking for expert patent prosecution help from a Patents Firm/Office? Only Patent Attorneys, and Patent Agents can prosecute patents. Contact Carson Patents. USPTO Registered Patent Practitioner help. Read about patenting costs.