Patent Prosecution

Definition - What does Patent Prosecution mean?

Patent prosecution is a general term for all of the steps that must be taken in order to secure ownership of and legal protection for an invention. These steps include but are not limited to the completion of all applicable paperwork and submission to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO).

When necessary, attorneys specializing in this practice participate in negotiations with representatives from the USTPO. They also make any presentations needed to justify the patent application.

Justipedia explains Patent Prosecution

Patent prosecution is critical for anyone seeking official safeguards, or patents, for new inventions. There are several components, beginning with comprehensive research to determine whether the invention qualifies for a patent.

If the invention meets all of the criteria, an application must be submitted to the USTPO. These applications generally include detailed drawings and information about the invention, and mention the person(s) or organization seeking the patent.

After the application is filed, it is reviewed by an official from the USTPO. During the assessment, the applicant may be asked to make changes or supply additional information. The application will be approved or denied once the assessment is completed.

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