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What is a quality patent?

By Doug Weller

A quality patent is written to have the maximize potential value to a client. All the disclosure requirements for a patent must be met, yet without disclosing subject matter unrelated to the inventive idea that if publicized might give a competitor an unfair advantage. The patent includes a number of carefully drafted claims some of which are very broad to cover as many conceivable embodiments of the invention as possible, and some are narrower to allow protection of the most likely to be used embodiments.

What does it take to obtain a quality patent?

A quality patent starts with a patent application that has been drafted based on an understanding of the invention as well as a general understanding of the  technological field in which the invention resides. An experienced patent attorney is usually able to  obtain this necessary information from the inventor.  To precisely draft claims which will have a maximum value to the owner of the patent, an understanding of the most pertinent prior art (i.e., what has been done before) to the invention is also necessary.  In many cases the inventor is able to supply this information. Otherwise, a novelty search can be performed.

After the patent application has been filed, an intimate acquaintance with the workings of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, gained through experience, allows a patent attorney to guide the patent through the examination process to increase the likelihood that a quality patent will issue.

For more information on the process of obtaining quality patents you can read further on this website or contact patent attorney Doug Weller.

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