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How to write and file a patent application in one day, without taking notes

UPDATE: I’ve since refined the techniques described in this posting — see Patent applications: A cheaper, less-painful approach

The short version: Six slides

I’ve posted a PDF of a six-slide deck I did for a recent client presentation. It explains the approach I use to do inventor interviews for patent applications. In a nutshell, the inventor and I camp out in a conference room with my laptop (or we work remotely over a screen-sharing connection). We collaboratively draft actual claims and explanatory footnotes.

This approach has proved quite popular: Inventors like being able to provide real-time feedback. That way, they don’t later have to correct a lawyer “term paper” that’s likely full of gaps and misunderstandings.

In a pinch, we could complete and file the patent application in one day if necessary. Employers like that.

The more-detailed explanation

I also posted a longer deck. It goes into considerably more detail about the approach.

The published JPTOS paper

And here’s a paper I wrote some years ago on the same subject. It was published in the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Joe 2011-04-28, 12:55 pm

    The thumbs can’t be enlarged at the end of the slide.

  • D. C. Toedt 2011-04-28, 1:03 pm

    @Joe, sorry, but I don’t understand what you’re saying here.

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