Thursday, January 31, 2008

Provisional Patent Application

Hello Inventors,

I'm often asked, "What is a provisional patent application?"

Well, when most folks imagine a patent, they imagine a utility patent. Essentially, utility patents protect useful, new and nonobvious products and processes.

In contrast, provisional patent applications don't issue as patents themselves, but instead function as priority documents. After filing a provisional patent application the Inventor has 1 year to file a regular utility patent application. A utility patent application can claim priority to a provisional patent application and therefore claim the benefit of its filing date when determining whether a reference predates the invention.

Provisional patent applications do not require many of the formalities found in a utility patent application and can therefore be less expensive. However a provisional patent application must still sufficiently disclose the invention to one skilled in the art.

You can find more information about the different types of patent applications at Biotech Beach Law's patent page.

Keep inventing!


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Friday, January 04, 2008

US and PCT Patent Applications

Happy New Year Inventors !

We are finally getting situated in our new downtown San Diego office. The computer cables are getting tucked away, and we've been meeting the neighbors. We love it here! We are on the 12th floor overlooking downtown San Diego and my windows actually open. Wow, step back!

Well in addition to wishing everyone a happy new year I'd though I'd prepare a quick post on PCT international patent applications. We really like PCTs. A PCT doesn't actually issue as an international patent itself, but instead is a patent application filed under treaty Essentially a PCT allows the inventor to delay entry into designated PCT member states up to about 30 months. So national phase entry (or entry into desired countries or regions) must still occur. But the PCT also provides a central examination authority so you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect once the patent application gets examined in each country.

It's also possible to file a PCT patent application then enter the US. Since the US is a PCT member state, an inventor may prefer to file a PCT first, see the examination results under the PCT then decide whether to enter the US. More information regarding US national phase entry can be reviewed on our US national phase from PCT page.

That's it for now. We'll try to keep posting useful tidbits throughout 2008. If any further information about PCT patent applications is need please feel free to visit our patent pages.

Keep inventing!


Monday, June 11, 2007

Biotech Beach Law Group, PC moves to downtown San Diego

Hello Inventors:

First off, let me apologize for not updating the blog. I know KSR recently came down regarding the test for obviousness (which is definitely blog worthy) but we've been moving the office to downtown San Diego. Don't give up on us!

Biotech Beach Law Group's new office is located in the Torbati building at 625 Broadway. Although we enjoyed the La Jolla location, our new downtown address allows us to expand a little plus provides better access to San Diego's federal court for patent infringement litigation cases.

Keep checking back for new posts.

Keep inventing!