Patent Prosecution Process and Pitfalls – IP Event

Patent Prosecution, Process and Pitfalls

Eventually, every inventor is confronted with the decision to protect his technology by ways of a utility patent. Understanding the magnitude of the undertaking as well as the process and pitfalls involved can greatly reduce costs and (worse) avoid obtaining a useless patent.

In this talk, given by a patent attorney and former USPTO Examiner, the informed inventor will learn to distinguish patents from other forms of intellectual property, how to read a patent disclosure, the patent prosecution process and timeline, decide when and what to file, inner workings of the PTO black box, and how to find and work with a patent attorney.

About the Presenter

Benjamin Kuo is a patent attorney and former computer engineer with a solo IP practice based in Los Angeles, specializing in helping smaller entities obtain IP protection. In addition to patent filings, he also supports litigation and consults with practitioners on Patent and Trademark Office issues. Before forming his own practice, he was a patent examiner for the USPTO, examining hundreds of computer networking applications and conducting numerous interviews with outside attorneys. Before working at the USPTO, he practiced at various law firms in the fields of patent prosecution, IP litigation, antitrust litigation, and federal corrupt practices act investigations. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and is licensed in California and before the USPTO. See more at

“Patent prosecution describes the interaction between applicants and their representatives, and a patent office with regard to a patent, or an application for a patent. Broadly, patent prosecution can be split into pre-grant prosecution, which involves negotiation with a patent office for the grant of a patent, and post-grant prosecution, which involves issues such as post-grant amendment and opposition.

Patent prosecution is distinct from patent litigation, which describes legal action relating to the infringement of patents.”
– Source: Wikipedia

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