QUICK FILE GUIDES

US utility patent application

European patent application

International patent application

 

Quick file guide – U.S. PATENT APPLICATION

Here is a quick guide to help you get started with filing a U.S. patent application on your invention.

  1. Record the making of the invention
  2. Keep your invention secret and get advice
  3. Create a confidential invention disclosure
  4. Get a free confidential evaluation of your invention
  5. Conduct a patent search
  6. Prepare and file the patent application

1. Record the making of the invention. For applications filed after March 16, 2013 under the American Invents Act (AIA), USA is now a first-inventor-to-file system for determining who is entitled to a patent. However, recordal and corroboration of work leading up to the making the invention is still important. Contact us for more information.

2. Keep your invention secret and get advice. Non-confidential disclosures of the invention to the the public, even by the inventor, prior to filing a patent application will likely destroy your chances of procuring patent protection in the majority of countries. Furthermore, now that the USA is a first-inventor-to-file system, filing a patent application first before disclosing your invention is also now more important for procuring a US patent. We can advise you on this and, if you have already disclosed your invention, help you obtain protection where possible.

3. Create a confidential invention disclosure. An invention disclosure typically consists of a written technical background and description of the invention illustrated with drawings. It can be helpful to describe the technical problem addressed by the invention and the solution that the invention provides. We can assist you with generating your invention disclosure. Mark it confidential. We can discuss your invention disclosure by confidential e-mail: info@faipatents.com, fax, mail, or over the telephone (Contact Us).

4. Get a free confidential evaluation of your invention. Based on your initial invention disclosure, we can provide you with a free confidential initial evaluation of your invention. This evaluation also includes our estimate for drafting the patent application.

5. Conduct a patent search. Whilst not essential, a patent search can assist in assessing the patentability of your invention. It also can allow you to obtain technical and commercial information about competitors. Patent searches can vary in scope. Cursory searches can be conducted by us in house. For more extensive searches, we retain professional searching firms.

6. Prepare and file the patent application. We will draft the patent application. We will involve you as much as possible in the drafting process to ensure that the patent application meets with your approval. It is important that all information pertaining to the invention is included at this stage because no matter can be added to the application after filing. The patent application is then transmitted to the United States Patent and Trade Mark Office (USPTO) which starts the official patent application procedure before the office. Note that a US utility patent application can also result from filing of an international patent application (see Worldwide Patents).

What we need from you

In order to prepare and prosecute a patent application for your invention, we typically need the following information:

  1. Confidential Invention Disclosure (see confidential invention disclosure above)
  2. A signed Power of Attorney returned to us by fax/e-mail.
  3. A signed Inventor Declaration returned to us by fax/e-mail.
  4. Any details of an assignment or prospective assignment.
  5. Name, Residence, Citizenship of Inventor(s).
  6. Publications about or that may be relevant to your invention.
  7. Our engagement letter signed and returned to us by fax/e-mail.

Quick file guide – EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

Here is a quick guide to help you get started with filing a European patent application on your invention:

  1. Keep your invention secret and get advice
  2. Create a confidential invention disclosure
  3. Get a free confidential evaluation of your invention
  4. Conduct a patent search
  5. Prepare and file the patent application

1. Keep your invention secret and get advice. Non-confidential disclosures to the the public, even by the inventor himself, prior to filing a patent application will likely destroy your chances of procuring patent protection in Europe and majority of countries outside Europe. We can advise you on this and, if you have already disclosed your invention, help you obtain protection where possible.

2. Create a confidential invention disclosure. An invention disclosure typically consists of a written technical background and description of the invention illustrated with drawings. It can be helpful to describe the technical problem addressed by the invention and the solution that the invention provides. We can assist you with generating your invention disclosure. Mark it confidential. We can discuss it by confidential e-mail: faipatent@btinernet.com, fax, mail or over the telephone (Contact us).

4. Get a free confidential evaluation of your invention. Based on your initial invention disclosure, we can provide you with a free confidential initial evaluation of your invention. This evaluation also includes our estimate for drafting the patent application.

5. Conduct a patent search. Whilst not essential, a patent search can assist in assessing the patentability of your invention. It also can allow you to obtain technical and commercial information about competitors. Patent searches can vary in scope. Cursory searches can be conducted by us in house. For more extensive searches, we retain professional searching firms.

6. Prepare and file the patent application. We will draft the patent application. We will involve you as much as possible in the drafting process to ensure that the patent application meets with your approval. It is important that all information pertaining to the invention is included at this stage because no matter can be added to the application after filing. The patent application is then transmitted to the European Patent Office (EPO) which starts the official patent application procedure before the office. Note that a European patent application can also result from the filing of an international patent application (see Worldwide Patents)

What we need from you

In order to prepare and prosecute a patent application for your invention we typically need the following information:

  1. Confidential Invention Disclosure (see confidential invention disclosure)
  2. A signed Declaration of Inventorship return to us.
  3. Details of ownership of the invention including any assignment or prospective assignment.
  4. Name, Residence, Citizenship of Inventor(s).

This information can be sent to us by e-mail, fax or mail (Contact Us).

 

Quick file guide – INTERNATIONAL PATENT APPLICATION

Here is a quick step by step guide to help you get started filing an International patent application on your invention.

  1. Keep your invention secret and get advice
  2. Create a confidential invention disclosure
  3. Get a free confidential evaluation of your invention
  4. Conduct a patent search
  5. Prepare and file the patent application

1. Keep your invention secret and get advice. Disclosing your invention too early in the process is the biggest mistake one can make in the patenting process. Non-confidential disclosures to the the public, even by the inventor himself, prior to filing a patent application will likely destroy your chances of procuring patent protection in the majority of countries around the world. We can advise you on this and, if you have already disclosed your invention, help you obtain protection where possible.

2. Create a confidential invention disclosure. An invention disclosure typically consists of a written technical background and description of the invention illustrated with drawings. It can be helpful to describe the tecnical problem addressed by the invention and the solution that the invention provides. Mark it confidential. We can assist you with generating your invention disclosure. We can receive such disclosures by confidential e-mail, fax, mail or over the telephone (Contact Us).

4. Get a free confidential evaluation of your invention. Based on your initial invention disclosure, we can provide you with a free confidential initial evaluation of your invention. This evaluation includes our estimate for drafting the patent application.

5. Conduct a patent search. Whilst not essential, a patent search can assist in assessing the patent-ability of your invention. It also can allow you to obtain technical and commercial information about competitors. Patent searches can vary in scope. Cursory searches can be conducted by us in house. For more extensive searches, we retain professional searching firms.

6. Prepare and file the patent application. We will draft the patent application. We will involve you as much as possible in the drafting process to ensure that the patent application meets with your approval. It is important that all information pertaining to the invention is included at this stage because no matter can be added to the application after filing. The patent application is then transmitted to the appropriate receiving office which starts the official international patent application procedure.

What we need from you to file an international patent application

In order to prepare and prosecute a patent application for your invention we typically need the following information:

  1. Confidential Invention Disclosure (see above section Create a confidential invention disclosure)
  2. A signed Declaration of Inventor-ship returned to us by fax /e-mail.
  3. A signed Power of Attorney returned to us by fax/e-mail
  4. Details of ownership of the invention including any assignment or prospective assignment.
  5. Name, Residence, Citizenship of Inventor(s).

This information can be sent to us by e-mail, fax or mail (Contact Us)

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