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The Law Office of Joan I. Norek

        Intellectual Property

            Chicago, Illinois

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About Patent Applications
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Patent Application Outline
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Application Entry-Costs
Application Examination
Disclosure Documents
Provisional Services
About Provisionals
Provisional vs Non-provisional
Provisional - Attorney Prepared
Provisional Replacement
Patent Consultations
Patent vs Trade Secret
Trade Secrets after Patent Filing
Patents vs Trademarks
Patent Interferences
Patent Infringement
Patent Marking
Patent Ready
Patent Reexaminations




About Patent Applications

Outline of fundamental U.S. utility patent application process
(non-provisional, without Appeal or Interference)

Other patent application topics - patent it or not, patent-application ready, patent application examination, provisional vs non-provisional patent applications

Application preparation and filing Fifteen business days or more.  (ac/pto)

(Post-filing waiting period before examination - typically 12 to 24 months)

Examination by patent examiner  
      Non-final Action issued - requires response Three month period for filing response.  (ac)
      Final Action issued - requires response Choices are narrow or beyond basic.  (ac or ac/pto)

(Post-examination waiting period for Notice of Allowance - typically 1 to 2 months)

Notice of Allowance Three month period for filing issue fee.  (ac/pto)

(Post-issue fee payment waiting period before issuance of patent - typically 2 to 3 months)

Patent Issuance


Post-Issuance Patent (ac/pto)
(Maintenance Fees due at the 3.5 year anniversary, 7.5 year anniversary and 11.5 year anniversary)
     ac = attorney charges incurred.  pto = USPTO fees incurred.

(Overall time - filing to patent issuance - currently 36 months average)

Search first:  If it could have been done before, it might have been done before.  Before time and finances are invested, search.  Is meaningful patent protection a possibility?

other topics - corporate patent applications, entry-level patent applications, patent-application ready, patent application examination

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

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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