Monthly Archives: September 2009

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The types of claim amendments and additions that can be made vary radically from country to country. For example, Korea is very restrictive about claim amendments, and you can assume that broadening claim amendments will be rejected. In Korea, it … Continue reading

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Believe it or not, in some cases it can make good financial sense to let co-pending PCT applications lapse. It must be remembered that a PCT application is actually a bundle of national applications. This means that all the advantages … Continue reading

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As providers of services on a time basis, patent attorneys and agents should know better than most (with the exception of their clients, of course!) that time is money. So here it is: The Completely Obvious Guide to Minimizing Costs … Continue reading

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Rule 7 of 7 When you look at organizations with larger portfolios a pattern emerges: IP functions begin to be taken in-house. Given sufficient volume it often makes more financial sense to pay in-house paralegal or patent attorney salaries than … Continue reading

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Rule 6 of 7 Selecting only one or two providers to handle your patent work can sometimes increase your buying power, giving you more favorable rates. Asking those providers to use the same foreign attorneys (ideally with whom favorable rates … Continue reading

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Rule 5 of 7 If you have multiple filings due in a given month or quarter then do a batch filing to maximize efficiency and minimize costs. And don’t be afraid to ask your patent attorney for a discount if … Continue reading

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Rule 4 of 7 Many patent applicants and attorneys don’t realize that there is choice available as to who to use for the foreign-filing component of the patent process. The emergence of specialist foreign patent filing providers utilizing technology and … Continue reading

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Rule 3 of 7 Sometimes it is not only what you do right but what you don’t do wrong that counts! Plan your decision-making and funding processes to ensure instructions are sent well ahead of deadlines. This will avoid translation … Continue reading