Drafting of Patent Applications
Patent Drafting is a crucial task for patent attorneys and an effective patent application requires careful assessment of novel and inventive features of the invention that are to be drafted via the patent claims. Scope of patent claims can majorly impact the enforcement of granted patent to stop patent infringement, be it a case of claiming priority from an earlier filed provisional patent application, or a PCT application intended to seek international patent protection.
In addition, patent prosecution further impacts the patent scope, as while responding to the objections raised by the patent examiner by way of patent office action, the prosecuting patent attorney needs to ensure that the requested priority claim is accurate and complete.
During patent invalidation or patent revocation proceedings, third party can challenge the granted patent based on various grounds, including defective priority claim, prior art existing before the earliest priority date of the patent to be invalidated questioning the novelty and inventive step (non-obviousness) of the patent to be invalidated, etc.
To create and manage a strong patent portfolio, a well-crafted strategy is required for patent drafting and writing patent claims for protection of innovations, at both national and international stage by way of pct patent filings. Generally, writing patent claims for inventions and ideas is a skillful art. In use, the patent claims should not define really narrow scope, otherwise the patent protection rights would be limited. In essence, writing patents claims is an art to balance the different aspects of the innovative product or technology. Inventors generally provide the patent attorney with element list to describe each element as illustrated in patent drawings along with their functions and advantages. Patent attorneys provide patent writing services by United States trained patent attorneys at fixed legal fees for International patents, Australian patents, Singapore patents, United States patents, European patents and Indian patents.
Patent Law Firm
As per the law firm structure, intellectual property law practice covers a broad range of technical fields, with a special focus on online healthcare management, mobile applications, electrical engineering, medical electronics, semiconductor devices, electro-mechanical devices, computer architecture and networks, mobile communication technology, industrial automation, biotechnology, medical devices, biochemistry, drug delivery, plant genetics, vaccines, blood controls, biotherapeutic agents, diagnostics, nutritional supplements, and pharmaceutical fields.
Drafting of Patent Claims
To implement best practices while preparing strong patent applications, patent attorneys should be thorough with the subject matter of the invention, and all the possible additional embodiments should be described in the detailed description of the invention. The goal should be to ensure that the patent claims are not directed to non-patentable subject matter, and the claimed elements of the primary independent patent claims and eligible for patent protection. Structural elements of the invention should be clearly stated in the patent claims and the problems addressed by the invention should be properly described as well. For upcoming technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency based inventions, a strong patent strategy is required that shall cover explaining in-depth implementation of the invention as compared to prior art, so that novel and non-obvious aspects of the invention are explicitly visible to a person of ordinary skill in the art.
Patent Drafting Process
Generally steps followed by the patent attorney for drafting patent applications begin with the retrieval of patent information from the inventors (clients) by way of invention disclosure form or a patent data sheet, which includes multiple questions covering title of the invention, existing solutions available, problems associated with the prior art, elements of the proposed invention, patent drawings or sketches, list of elements illustrated in the patent figures, advantages of the invention, etc. While conducting inventor interviews, patent attorneys ask logical questions while conducting to capture essence of invention.
Once a patent application is drafted and filed with the patent office, patent prosecution plays a key role till the grant of patent as involves interaction between inventors, representative patent attorneys and the patent office, which usually cover highly complex technical and legal issues. The goal at this stage is to comply with all the relevant procedures and the potential pitfalls. Patent attorneys and patent law firms with comprehensive technical expertise are capable of handling patent matters belonging to various technologies, including, consumer electronics, telecommunications, medical devices, computer hardware, software, biotechnology etc.
Advocate Rahul Dev is a Patent Attorney & International Business Lawyer practicing Technology, Intellectual Property & Corporate Laws. He is reachable at rd (at) patentbusinesslawyer (dot) com & @rdpatentlawyer on Twitter
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