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Quick Field Guide

field guide for basic patent searches and patent applications
or  Ask!

Read the questions below.
- if your answer to a question is "yes", the subject is probably in the designated field, but a check of the other questions is still recommended.

Chemical Field

  • Does your search subject involve, require or contain ingredients?  (Examples - ingredients for food products, or cleaners, or paints, or fertilizers, etc.)

  • Is your search subject a liquid?  (Examples - drink, shampoo, cleaner, etc.)

Mechanical Field

  • Does your search subject involve, require or contain components?  (Examples - parts for a machine, or for a product, etc.)

  • Is your search subject a single Part Solid object?  (Examples - crutches, basketball, baking tray, luggage rack, etc.)

Electronic Field

  • Does your search subject involve, require or contain electrical/electronic circuits/wiring?  (Examples - circuits/wiring in toasters, or remote control units, or solenoids, or alarms, etc.) 

Business Method (MOD) Field

  • Does your search subject involve, require or contain non-manufacturing steps to be taken?  (Examples - steps in a method of measuring something, collecting something, rating something etc.)

Software Field

  • Does your search subject involve, require or contain computer software?  (Examples - incorporates existing computer programs, is a new computer program, etc.)

Industrial Field

  • Does your subject involve, require or contain machinery or engineered structures:  (Examples, vehicle motors, bridges, etc.

If your search subject is not in any of the above categories, or the questions do not help you choose the category, please request assistance in selecting the search field on-line.  You must be able to either define the search subject generically or provide a comparable item.

Example - the generic for a new golf club design would be "golf club" and a category description of "for sports" would not be adequate.

Example - a new device for cooking might be comparable to a toaster or a frying pan, but probably not equally comparable to both.

or call 312.226.8030 or email   jnorek <at> noreklaw.com for assistance in selecting the search field.


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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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