Patent Applications and Pitfalls of Do-It-Yourself IP
As discussed in a prior post, services, such as Invent Help or LegalZoom, may provide an inventor with a supposedly lower-cost way to access the patent system, using these services when patenting can be full of pitfalls for the unwary. Another pitfall of using these services to file a patent application, or filing a patent application pro se, is that an improperly written patent application can be almost as bad as never having filed an application in the first place. While there are many factors that can contribute to a patent application being considered “improperly written,” failure to describe the invention in sufficient detail, failure to claim the invention properly, and over-describing prior art are just a few.
Learn why less may be more when it comes to descriptions of prior art. Read more about Patent Applications.
In addition to Thriving Attorney, Darin M. Klemchuk is founder of Klemchuk LLP, a litigation, intellectual property, and transactional law firm located in Dallas, Texas. He also co-founded Project K, a charity devoted to changing the world one random act of kindness at a time. Click to read more about Darin Klemchuk's practice as an intellectual property lawyer.