Words To Avoid When Filing Patent Applications

Words To Avoid When Filing Patent Applications

Patents are legal, technical and business documents directed to several potential audiences, at the same time. The first consideration when writing a patent application is to know your audience.

Be Aware of Your Audience
  • Corporate management and directors
  • Potential investors and strategic partners
  • Competitors
  • Professional colleagues
  • Examiners
  • Patent examiners
  • Judges and juries

Over the years, we’ve noticed many common mistakes made by inventors and inexperienced attorneys when writing patent applications. Here are a few:

Common Mistakes
  • Using emphatic terms
  • Using “hot button” statutory terms
  • Using different words for the same concept
  • Using legal jargon and abbreviations

Here are some examples of emphatic terms, statutory terms and abbreviations to be avoided:

  • Terms like “necessary, essential, critical” in favor of the terms “preferred, desirable”
  • The using the words “maximize, minimize, optimize” in favor of “increase, decrease, improve”
  • The using the words “always, never, any, all” in favor of “usually, seldom, at least some”
  • The terms “obvious, person skilled in the art”. They are “hot button” statutory terms that have specific connotations you may not wish to be saddled with
  • Using abbreviations like “e.g., i.e.” since they are often confused and few people even know what they stand for
  • Using the term “invention!” (Look for a future blog post explaining why)

The mistakes we just outlined can undermine the process, giving others an easy path to work around your patent.

Most patent attorneys approach patent writing as a mechanical exercise and don’t know how, or don’t work hard enough, to bulletproof a patent. Corridor Law Group’s attorneys comb through your initial IP disclosures for words to be avoided, as well as terms or abbreviations that could work against you, to craft a formidable patent application that will be respected by all who encounter it.

Finding the right patent attorney to write and file a solid patent application is the key to protecting your intellectual property. Considering what your ideas or invention could be worth when they go to market; crafting a solid patent applications is a wise investment.

Corridor Law Group offers our new clients a free, confidential, 20-minute phone consultation to discuss whether and how a solid patent application can help your business. No obligations. We invite you to schedule your call with a Patent Attorney from our firm today, just click right here to get get your process started.

Patent Applications for 21st Century Technology

Patent Applications for 21st Century Technology

It takes an attorney with deep knowledge of technology and many years of experience in that area of law to write and file a solid patent application for modern technology. Although clients in technical fields have many good choices in Chicago and throughout the country, finding an experienced and qualified Patent Attorney who understands your business and technology can be a daunting task. To accomplish that task, Corridor Law Group employs a proprietary process to secure the protection that‘s needed to make your technology commercially successful.

If Kevlar can stop a bullet, it can damn sure stop a blitz. —Rob Vito, to Wired Magazine, on his EXO Skeleton Kevlar padding.

Typically, the most expedient route to putting patent protection into place is via the preparation and filing of a provisional patent application. For an affordable cost, a provisional application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will preserve, for one year, the ability to later pursue patents in the U.S. and foreign countries. During the year the provisional application is pending, you can freely share your concepts with potential business partners, and if the commercial prospects appear promising, you can proceed with the filing of a more formal, non-provisional patent application, which will be examined and, once granted, result in an enforceable U.S. patent.

We weave Kevlar into our patent applications...not really, but we may as well. —Bob Fieseler on his IP Fast Track Program.

From our 30+ years of preparing, filing and securing patents for technology developers, we understand that a good patent application depends upon precise and legally sustainable wording, thorough descriptive content, and accurate drawings of the technical subject matter being protected. We’ve developed an online system called the IP Fast Track Program. This proprietary web-based tool helps guide our clients in assembling the information to enable Corridor Law Group’s experienced Patent Attorneys to prepare and file your patent application. If fast-tracking your technology sounds appealing, check out our IP Fast Track Program here.

The Truth About Cheap Online Patent Services

The Truth About Cheap Online Patent Services

There are many options online to file a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Online services like "Legal Zoom" and "Patent Wizard" simply file your patent application for you “as-is” using your own drawings and your own description. There's no attorney actually involved with you in the process. You end up spending about $100 dollars plus the filing fees. And, frankly, you’re getting as little as you’re paying for.

Some of these websites may have software to guide you, but again, there is no experienced, registered Patent Attorney reviewing, editing, and advising you on the best way to secure patent protection for your idea. You might as well write and file the patent application yourself.

Professionally-prepared provisional patent applications vs. cheap online patent services

Corridor Law Group offers a service we call our IP Fast Track Program. The key difference is this: an experienced, registered Patent Attorney consults with you, first by phone (or email if you prefer) to assess your idea for patent protection. Your Patent Attorney then guides you in identifying and describing what’s new and advantageous about your idea. Your Patent Attorney will edit and enhance your description and file a patent application that will provide solid protection for your idea as you proceed with its commercialization. We believe a good idea is worth protecting properly.