Divisional Patent Applications: Patent Application Types and Strategies – Part 7

Much like a continuation patent application, a divisional patent application is a patent application that includes the same disclosure as the parent application and claims priority to the parent application.  The difference between the applications is that a divisional application includes claims from the parent application that a patent examiner indicated were different enough from…

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Other Non-Provisional Patent Applications: Patent Application Types and Strategies – Part 5

For each of design patent applications and utility patent applications, there are three types of applications and one procedure that should be discussed; namely, Continuation, Divisional, Continuation-in-part, and Request for Continued Examination (“RCE”).  Each of these may be filed when and claim priority to any currently pending patent application (a “parent application”).  The resulting “child”…

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Request for Continued Examination (RCE): Patent Application Types and Strategies – Part 9

A request for continued examination (often called an RCE) is a procedure used to request additional prosecution time with the examiner.  After claims in an application have reached “final” rejection, a request for continued examination may be filed, instead of filing a continuation application, to continue prosecuting the claims without the restrictions of “final” rejection. …

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Summary: Patent Application Types and Strategies – Part 1

This series includes a discussion of the most common types of patent applications used in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This first entry is simply a summary of the different application types. Later entries for this series will include a discussion of each type, its general purpose and strategies for its use. Provisional…

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Provisional Patent Applications: Patent Application Types and Strategies – Part 2

The most basic type of patent application is a “provisional patent application.”  For both start-up companies and large companies with highly developed patent portfolios, there are many benefits that can be achieved from filing provisional patent applications.  But there are also risks that can be minimized if you are aware of them. Provisional Patent Application…

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