What Is Patent Prosecution?
Although in the legal world, prosecution typically refers to litigation, patent prosecution actually involves the process of writing and filing a patent application. This process also involves negotiating with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in order to obtain patent protection and rights for an invention.
After the patent application is drafted and reviewed, it has to be determined whether the invention meets patent requirements. It’s a good idea to hire a patent attorney who is experienced with filing patent applications because the whole process can be complicated.
On the other hand, patent litigation is a different procedure that involves addressing patent infringement after a patent is already procured.
What Patent Examination Involves?
Patent examination is a crucial part of the patent prosecution process. Patent examiners have to make sure patent applications meet the necessary requirements and don’t violate patent terms. In other words, they will have to investigate everything relating to a certain invention for more than a year before the date an individual has applied for the patent.
A patent examiner can approve the patent application or decline it. If a patent application is rejected, the next step in the patent process can be an appeal. A patent prosecutor can appeal the decision of a primary examiner to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
How Can We Help with Patent Prosecution
We specialize in patent prosecution and help inventors and innovators protect their intellectual property and develop a competitive advantage. EVLG clients rely on our extensively qualified patent attorneys to form the strongest protection possible for their innovations.
The collective experience of our team allows us to better develop, and grow the patent portfolios for technology companies. Our attorneys, engineers, and technical specialists have earned advanced degrees in multiple fields and are experts in a variety of disciplines including:
- Computer Science
- Internet and Information Technology
- Software Development
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Our lawyers are dedicated to acquiring the best possible level of protection for each invention and are veterans who have represented countless domestic and international clients before the USPTO. Each of our patent prosecution lawyers has years’ worth of experience working with product companies and has worked hard to obtain a multitude of valuable U.S. and foreign patents.
Please do not hesitate to contact us whenever you have a question!
EVLG will be happy to provide you with a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys.