THE PATENT CREATION PROCESS COVERS A WIDE RANGE OF STEPS WHICH INCLUDE:
The Effectual Services team drafts provisional and complete applications as per the defined statutory requirements of the patent office where the application is to be filed. All drafts are reviewed and verified against a client approved quality checklist. It is ensured that all likely variations of the invention are anticipated and covered in the description. We have a proven track record of drafting patent applications in multiple technical fields for filings at the USPTO, EPO, IPO or the PCT. Our team comprises trained and experienced patent agents, scientists and engineers working in methodical and matured processes to deliver high quality patent drafts. To ensure quality and consistency, we work in close collaboration with client’s in-house or partner attorneys, or our own associate attorneys in the US and EP. If desired, we can draft only specific sections of the patent application like background, description, etc.
Effectual Services helps clients in drafting office action responses for their patent applications across various jurisdictions including US, EP and India. Office Action drafting requires a thorough understanding of the law, the invention, and the cited art. At times it also involves discussing the invention and cited art with the examiner over a phone call. Our team of highly skilled techno-legal professionals has extensive experience in not only drafting superior responses, but also in negotiating the scope with examiners over phone calls. Unlike others, we ensure that the finally allowed claim set is not too narrow. We also make sure that any unclaimed subject matter is also brought to the clients notice. For clients who want to draft responses themselves, we provide technical review services. In such cases we review the invention in light of cited art and provide our technical recommendations. Independent and neutral recommendations help clients decide on the worth of filings the response. We can draft office action responses to be reviewed and filed by client’s in-house attorneys or outside counsels. Alternatively, we can file responses through our partner attorneys in US, EP and India.
We collaborate with patent attorneys & agents to take care of patent filings in all major jurisdictions for our domestic and international clients. We also help organizations in filing national phase PCT applications in India and in obtaining foreign filing permits, certified priority documents etc.
To simplistically define an invention, illustrations are developed as a mandate by many patent offices while filing a patent application.
A design patent protects only the appearance of the article and does not include structural or utility features. It consists of very limited verbal specifications and covers the novel ornamental aspect of a product. Furthermore, it is critical to capture the views of the invention from various angles – front, sides, top, bottom and perspective view. Effectual has a team of established domain experts and draftsmen who prepare drawings as per the US, Indian, European, Chinese, Korean, Australian, Japanese, and various patent office requirements. Using the latest technology including AutoCAD, TurboCAD, CorelDRAW, SolidWorks, and Visio, we ensure that we deliver quality drawings to law firms and corporate legal departments.
A defensive publication or disclosure is strategically used to stop another party from obtaining a patent by disclosing an enabling description and/or drawing of the invention so that it enters the public domain and becomes prior art. Primary reason why organizations use defensive publication over patents is cost. The Effectual Services team is well versed in drafting such disclosures.