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The Law Office of Joan I. Norek

        Intellectual Property

            Chicago, Illinois

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Patent Application Ready


  • Written assignment from the individual inventor or inventors (business entities)

  • All co-inventors in agreement (independents)

  • Any provisional application filings

  • Any publications, public uses, sales or offers to sell subject

  • Patent search and patentability opinion


  • Description of subject - simple or intricate, usually accompanied by sketches

  • Identification of new aspect or aspects

  • Enablement - operable example (can be hypothetical if operability is obvious, need not be commercially viable)

  • Best Mode - best version known at time (need not be commercially viable)

  • Closest prior art - includes similar items known to inventor/applicant plus patent search results

Not Required:

  • Prototypes (comments below)

  • Pre-drafting formal drawings (comments below)

More on prototypes:

  • Some wrongly presume a prototype is necessary.

  • The U.S. Patent Office (USPTO) does not accept prototypes, and hasn't since the 1800s.

  • A rough mock-up can be helpful to understanding and finding flaws in the subject.

  • A commercial-quality prototype is not required.

More on drawings:

  • The U.S. Patent Office (USPTO) requires drawings for most applications.

  • The attorney preparing the application determines the content of the drawings.

  • The the drawings also must meet USPTO formalities.

  • Drawings made before the application preparation can be a waste.

other topics - corporate patent applications, entry-level patent applications

more topics - patent it or not, patent or trade secret it, FAQS

questions, inquiries - contact the firm (all contact modes) or call 312.419.8055



The Law Office of Joan I. Norek
25 E. Washington Street, Suite 1400
Chicago, Illinois  60602
Tel.  312.419.8055   Fax 312.236.6686
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