Table of Content

1. Introduction to Inventiv

   1.1  IP Basics

1.1.1  Copyright

1.1.2  Trademark

1.1.3   Trade secret

1.1.4   Unfair competition

1.1.5   Patents

1.2  How do I determine which IP category is best for me

2. Patent Basics

2.1  What is the legal authority behind patents?

2.2  What government agency is in charge of administering patents?

2.3  What are the advantages of owning a patent?

2.4   Factors to consider before Patenting:

2.4.1 Is the invention commercializable?

2.4.2  Did I invent the invention?

2.4.3  Do I own the invention?

2.4.4   Is the invention patentable?

2.4.5  Does it fit into a patent “class”?

2.4.6  Is it novel?

2.4.7   Is it non-obvious?

3. How to set up an account with the USPTO?

3.1     Getting Started – New Users

3.2     USPTO Registration Modernizing – key considerations

3.3     Filing types available at USPTO.gov Account

4. Will I need a patent attorney or agent for the application process?

4.1  What’s the difference between a patent attorney and agent?

4.2  What is the process to become a USPTO registered patent attorney or patent agent?

4.3  Is there paperwork that an attorney may ask me to sign for his/her services?

5. What is a provisional patent application (PPA)?

5.1  What is provisional patent application (PPA)?

5.2  What are the benefits of a provisional patent?

5.3   What are the drawbacks of a provisional patent?

5.4   What is the recommended format for a provisional patent application (PPA)?

5.4.1  Title

5.4.2  Abstract

5.4.3  Drawings

5.4.4  Description

5.4.5   Prior art

5.4.6  Inventor

5.4.7  Multiple inventions

5.4.8  Fees

5.5  What should I think about in drafting the PPA application?

5.6  What is optional for a PPA?

5.6.1  Claims

5.6.2   Prototype

5.7  What do you do for improvements after PPA filing?

6. How can ProvisionalBuilder™ help with this process?

6.1 What are the benefits to using ProvisionalBuilder™?

6.2  How does ProvisionalBuilder™ work?

6.3  What do I do after ProvisionalBuilder™ is installed?

6.4  How do I start an application on ProvisionalBuilder?

6.4.1  New application—template selection

6.4.2  “Overview” page

6.4.3  “Background” section

6.4.4  “Summary” section

6.4.5  “Detailed Description” section

6.5 “Drawing & Description” page

6.5.1   Drawings

6.5.2   Adding a new figure

6.5.3 Drafting the Detailed Description from the Drawings

6.5.4 Suggestions for Drafting the Detailed Description of the Drawing

6.5.5  PPA Cover Sheet page

6.5.6 Generate application page

6.6  Filing online

6.7  Filing by USPS Express Mail

7. After you submit a PPA

7.1  What the USPTO does?

7.2  What you can do?

7.2.1  May mark product with “patent pending” or “patent applied”

7.2.2   You can file Multiple PPAs

7.2.3  Convert a PPA to a utility patent application

8. Utility Patent Application

8.1 Preparatory steps before drafting your Utility Patent Application?

8.1.1 Document the invention process.

8.1.2  Search for prior art.

8.1.3 Be aware of imperfections in the search process

8.2 Inventorship – what happens when you have multiple inventors?

8.2.1  How to fix improper inventorship?

8.2.2  How to correct typos in the name?

8.2.3  Ownership

8.3  How to protect your ownership if you hire consultants to work on your invention?

9.3.1 Consultant’s Agreement

9.3.2 Joint Ownership Agreement (JOA)

8.4  Does your employer have rights in your invention?

9.4.1  If your employer isn’t interested in your invention submission

9. File a Utility Patent Application

9.1 Can I reuse information from my PPA or other applications?

9.2  What should I consider in drafting the utility application?

9.3   How do I write the claims?

9.4   What documents are needed in filing the utility application?

9.4.1  Specification

9.4.2  Information Disclosure Statement (IDS)

9.4.3  Inventor’s Oath or Declaration

9.4.4   Fees

9.4.5   Transmittal letter

9.4.6   Drawings

9.4.7   Optional

9.5 Can you request early publication of your application?

9.6 What is a secrecy order

10. What happens after the utility application is filed?

10.1 How to Respond to Formality/Pre-Examination Review?

11. How to respond to office actions?

11.1 First Office Action (OA)

11.1.1  How to handle an office action

11.1.2  First office action allowance (Ex parte Quayle)

11.1.3    Amendment in response to Office Action (OA)

11.1.4  How to request an interview with the examiner?

11.1.5  What happens if a response is not timely filed?

11.2  Second or Final Office Action (OA)

11.2.1  Notice of Allowance

11.2.2 Reconsideration

11.2.3  Amendment

11.2.4  Request to continue the examination after a final office action

12. The USPTO has issued your patent.

12.1 How long does a utility patent last?

12.2  Patent expiration

12.3  Extensions to the Patent