How is a Patent Application Typically Prepared?

Working closely with the inventor(s), we often can relatively rapidly prepare and file a patent application that not only is met with approval by the Patent Examiner, but also results in an issued patent that is highly likely to survive the rigors of litigation, and thus will be respected by competitors without the need to litigate. 

Generally, the steps for preparing such a patent application are, preferably with the invention disclosure and the results of the patentability search in hand, and with inventor assistance and feedback:

  1. strategically draft claims to the desired concepts (the claims define the legal rights that can be enforced via the resulting patent);
  2. thoughtfully generate definitions for each claim term;
  3. prepare drawings and a textual description (the "specification") that are adequate to enable a person having ordinary skill in the art (the subject matter field of the claimed concepts) to at least minimally successfully make and use the full scope of the claimed concepts without substantial experimentation and in the best manner currently known to all inventors;
  4. compile the claims, definitions, drawings, and textual description in a draft patent application that meets the legal requirements of the desired patent offices; and
  5. correctly file the patent application and required paperwork in the desired patent office(s).

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