The Patent Process

The patent process varies depending on what kind of application you file, and so do the fees. For example, if you are an individual or “small entity” under the USPTO rules, and you want to avoid a surcharge (currently $200), your application must be filed online. The...

What and How to File

Before filing a patent application, it’s important to consider what—exactly—you want to protect and why. The kind of protection you get from an issued patent depends on what kind of patent you’re applying for and how the patent application is written. If your...

Patent Search

SEARCHING GOOGLE PATENTS The patent search site provided by Google can seem a little daunting at first, but once you know what they’re asking for and how to format your query, you’ll be able to do an effective cursory search of existing patents. Remember that this is...