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The Official Small Business Guide to Working With a Patent Examiner

When an inventor files a patent application with the US Patent & Trademark Office (“USPTO”), one of the first steps in the patent process is the assignment of a patent examiner to the application. One can think of a patent examiner as a “case worker” for the patent application. The patent examiner is an attorney… READ MORE

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Should I File a Provisional or Non-Provisional Patent?

Whether you should file a provisional patent application or a non-provisional patent application depends on a number of factors. One can think of a provisional patent application as both a “short-form” patent application and as a “placeholder” application. A provisional patent application is shorter and “less involved” than a full (non-provisional) patent application and is… READ MORE

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