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Published on February 21, 2014

Author: maxbarbieri



Patent filing and drafting strategies

Patent strategies

Patent filings  First filing [national, European, international (PCT)]  Provisional application? (if provided for by the national patent law)  Patent application or utility model or industrial design?  Dual filing?  Continuation or continuation-in-part? (only US)  Consider countries not covered by PCT © 2014 – Massimo Barbieri

Patent strategies (1) To decrease patent costs  Prior art searches  Consider the claims’ number and scope of protection  Do you need a fast and cheaper granting? Limit the prosecution phase, narrowing the claims  Patent prosecution (search report, written opinion)  Patent licensing  Market knowledge © 2014 – Massimo Barbieri

Patent strategies (2) Example 1: EP patent application refused or deemed to be withdrawn  If the novelty requirement is fulfilled but there is a lack of inventive step (and the object of the invention is a product or a device and not a process), a utility model filing can be considered According to WIPO, 59 countries provide a utility model protection ( © 2014 – Massimo Barbieri

Patent drafting (1) An example of patent application with a “clear” title: “Product” © 2014 – Massimo Barbieri

Patent drafting (2) An example of patent application with a “clear and concise” abstract: “Methods are disclosed” © 2014 – Massimo Barbieri

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