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            Chicago, Illinois

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Patent Myths & Misunderstandings

A patent protects what is shown in the drawings - wrong -

  • The patent claims define the scope of protection, not the drawings.

  • The drawings only illustrate the examples.

  • A good application is filed with claims broader than the examples.

  • The claims issued might remain broader than the examples.

  • The claims issued might no longer include all examples.

  • more topics - patent applications, patent ready, patent infringement

A provisional patent is the normal or preferred first step on the road to obtaining a patent - wrong -

  • The normal and preferred first step is a nonprovisional application.

  • While there are legitimate uses for a provisional patent application, it increases overall costs and it has risks for anyone not experienced in patent matters.

  • Using the provisional patent application route to obtain a "patent pending" can destroy the potential for obtaining meaningful patent protection down the line.

  • more topics - about provisionals

Something shown and/or described in an expired patent can be re-patented - wrong -

  • What is shown and/or described in any patent, expired or not, is known.

  • Something known cannot be new.

  • To be patentable, the subject matter must be new.

  • To be patentable, the subject matter must also be nonobvious in comparison to what is known.

  • more topics - before you invest, patent searches

Something is patentable if it is not "out there" - wrong, if "out there" means what is on the market -

  • To be patentable, the subject matter must be both new and nonobvious in comparison to what is known.

  • What is known is defined by statute and court interpretations, and it includes far more than what is on the market.

  • The patent literature, which is just one source of knowns, includes many, many things that are not, and never have been, on the market.

  • more topics - before you invest, patent searches

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

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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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