Patent proofreading involves complete scrutiny of patent and patent applications. A significant percentage of issued patent have errors which had occurred during the drafting or prosecution stage. These errors might limit the scope of the patent or lead to its revocation post grant. Although a laborious task, it is crucial to proofread patent applications to identify discrepancies in patents such as missing antecedent references, incorrect status indicators, and inconsistent numbering of claims, incorrect names of inventors, attorneys or assignees, spelling mistakes, or any preliminary amendments during the prosecution stage. The errors in the priority information might lead to serious repercussions which may even result in abandonment of a patent.
The proofreading process involves technical and legal understanding of the patent application. Our team performs a detailed analysis of the prosecution history of the patent document to locate errors that are made either by the applicant or patent office. Over the years, we have worked with various Fortune 500 companies and law firms and develop best proofreading practices for various jurisdictions including the US, EP, Australia, etc. We also prepare ready to file correction request (certificate of correction in USPTO) that can be filed with the PTOs, thus saving your time and costs.