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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Patent Lot?

Patent Lot© is an online community of inventors and patent attorneys who collaborate, share, and showcase their creative and professional genius.

What is our mission statement?

Our mission is to create an online community where inventors, businesses, and entrepreneurs can easily find and connect with the ideal patent attorney.

How are we able to do this?

Attorneys are able to brand themselves with an area(s) of confidence that allows visitors to easily identify experience, interest, and expertise filing under relevant USPTO filing classes.

Is there a sign up fee?

Patent Lot is 100% FREE to Sign-Up!

What is a Patent?

A patent is a property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States” for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.

Does Patent Lot file patents?

Currently, we do not offer this service. However visitors can use Patent Lot to easily find the ideal patent attorney or patent agent that best suites their innovation. Connecting with a good attorney is crucial when moving forward with patent prosecution.

When is a good time to visit Patent Lot?

Patent Lot is every inventors #1 Tool! Use Patent Lot to find an attorney that has experience with your innovations USPTO filing class.

Inventors can use Patent Lot to showcase their patents and innovations. This gives inventors the opportunity to list, share, and collect reviews of their patent.

In turn, through reviews – inventors have incredible leverage and are able to provide anecdotal data and market feedback of their innovation to prospective VCs, businesses, and interested parties willing to acquire their patent via licensing , royalty, or total acquisition. 

I have another question?

Great! We love helping inventors grow!

Simply reach out to us via email at hello@patentlot.com

What is a Patent?

A patent is a property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States” for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.

USPTO & Patents?

A patent for an invention is a grant of property rights by the U.S. Government through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent grant excludes others from making, using, or selling the invention in the United States. A utility or plant patent in force on June 8, 1995, is subject to either the 17 year term from grant or the 20 year term from earliest effective U.S. filing date, whichever is longer. A design patent term is 14 years from patent grant. The right conferred by the patent grant extends throughout the United States. The terms “Patent Pending” and “Patent Applied For” are used to inform the public that an application for a patent has been filed. Patent protection does not start until the actual grant of a patent. Marking of an article as patented, when it is not, is illegal and subject to penalty.

A patent cannot be obtained on a mere idea or suggestion. Patent applications are examined for both technical and legal merit. Prior to filing a patent application, a search of existing patents can be conducted at the USPTO Patent Search Room or at a Patent and Trademark Depository Library in your area. For additional information on patents, you may visit the USPTO Web site at www.uspto.gov/main/patents.htm.

How do I apply for a Patent?

Inventors may apply for one of two types of patent applications: (1) A non-provisional application, which begins the examination process and may lead to a patent and (2) A provisional application, which establishes a filing date but does not begin the examination process. Both types of patent applications can be filed either electronically by using the Electronic Filing System (EFS) http://www.uspto.gov/ebc/efs/index.html (for provisional applications, effective January 1, 2002) or in writing to the Commissioner for Patents. You can also request that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) send informational materials providing a broad overview of the process of obtaining a United States patent, including general requirements and a listing of the depository libraries. For a listing of the information available, visit the USPTO Web site athttp://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/catalog/products/pp-a2n-1.htm.

What can and cannot be Patented?

What can be patented – utility patents are provided for a new, nonobvious and useful:

  • Process
  • Machine
  • Article of manufacture
  • Composition of matter
  • Improvement of any of the above

 

Note: In addition to utility patents, encompassing one of the categories above, patent protection is available for (1) ornamental design of an article of manufacture or (2) asexually reproduced plant varieties by design and plant patents.

What cannot be patented:

  • Laws of nature
  • Physical phenomena
  • Abstract ideas
  • Literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works (these can be Copyright protected). Go to the Copyright Office .
  • Inventions which are:
    • Not useful (such as perpetual motion machines); or
    • Offensive to public morality

Invention must also be:

  • Novel
  • Nonobvious
  • Adequately described or enabled (for one of ordinary skill in the art to make and use the invention)
  • Claimed by the inventor in clear and definite terms

How long does a patent last?

For applications filed on or after June 8, 1995, utility and plant patents are granted for a term which begins with the date of the grant and usually ends 20 years from the date you first applied for the patent subject to the payment of appropriate maintenance fees for a utility patent. There are no maintenance fees for plant patents .

Design patents last 15 years from the date you are granted the patent. No maintenance fees are required for design patents.

Note: Patents in force on June 8, 1995 and patents issued thereafter on applications filed prior to June 8, 1995 automatically have a term that is the greater of the twenty year term discussed above or seventeen years from the patent grant.

How do I lookup a patent which already exists?

You can visit the following resources to help you with your search…

 

How much does a Patent cost?

Fees vary depending on the type of patent application you submit. Fees may also vary according to the way you “claim” your invention. More information on filing fees and the number and type of claims.

There are three basic fees for utility patents:

  • The filing fee, which is non-refundable whether or not a patent is granted. (This is the cost to have your invention “examined” by the US Patent and Trademark Office – remember, you may or may not get a patent!)
  • The issue fee (you pay this only if your application is allowed)
  • Maintenance fees (paid at 3 1/2, 7 1/2, and 11 1/2 years after your patent is granted – these fees “maintain” your legal protection).
  • Additional fees may be required

 

Basic filing fee – Utility (paper filing – also requires non-electronic filing fee under 1.16(t)) 280.00
Basic filing fee – Utility (electronic filing) 280.00
Basic filing fee – Design 180.00
Basic filing fee – Design (CPA) 180.00
Basic filing fee – Plant 180.00
Provisional application filing fee 260.00
Basic filing fee – Reissue 280.00
Basic filing fee – Reissue (CPA) 280.00
Surcharge – Late filing fee, search fee, examination fee or oath or declaration, or application filed without at least one claim or by reference 140.00
Surcharge – Late provisional filing fee or cover sheet 60.00
Each independent claim in excess of three 420.00
Each reissue independent claim in excess of three 420.00
Each claim in excess of 20 80.00
Each reissue claim in excess of 20 80.00
Multiple dependent claim 780.00
Utility Application Size Fee – for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets 400.00
Design Application Size Fee – for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets 400.00
Plant Application Size Fee – for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets 400.00
Reissue Application Size Fee – for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets 400.00
Provisional Application Size Fee – for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets 400.00
Non-electronic filing fee — Utility (additional fee for applications filed in paper) 400.00
Non-English translation 140.00

Getting Started?

A letter from our CEO

You’re starting your own Patent Lot profile. How exciting!

As you’ve done your research, I’m sure you’ve discovered that the casualty rate among finding the right patent attorney is high. It’s just a fact of life in American commerce and innovation.

We hope that we are able to provide some tips and advice you can trust to help your business and practice grow. We want the entrepreneur, inventor, and business community to benefit from your endeavors. Moreover, we want your enterprise to thrive, prosper and grow.

And yes, after you have been in business for years and have established a good customer/client service track record, we know there is still tremendous value in partnering.

In the meantime, we have compiled a variety of articles, tips and other resources that we hope you’ll find helpful. Please feel free to share any of the information in this resource if you feel it may be helpful to others, either as a patent attorney, business, or inventor.

Also please note: while we seek to provide you with recognition for your work and experience as a patent attorney, we trust in the fact that you will provide us with accurate information regarding your USPTO filing history and track records

P.P.I. (Preferred Patent Identity)

Patent Lot is changing the way innovators and businesses connect with patent attorneys. Based on an attorney’s PPI (Preferred Patent Identity), we make it easy and simple for businesses to choose the best fit for their innovations.  It’s what makes us so special and what makes you so unique. Your PPI will tell your current and prospective clients your specific area of focus as a patent attorney. We are proud of giving patent attorneys the opportunity to brand themselves in a unique way that makes it easier to connect with prospects.  

 

Declaring your PPI on Patent Lot will help speed up the process of connecting you to prospective clients who are looking for your exact experience.

 

Join us in making the process of American innovation faster, smoother, and especially smarter!

 

We look forward to our partnership with you.

 

John F. Khalil

Founder & CEO

How does Patent Lot help me grow as an attorney?

Patent Lot gives attorneys the opportunity to be seen and connect with their ideal target market including but not limited to:

  1. INVENTORS
  2. ENTREPRENEURS
  3. BUSINESSES
  4. INNOVATORS
  5. FELLOW PATENT ATTORNEYS

How much does it cost to create a profile?

Patent Lot is 100% FREE to Sign-Up!

 

Why is Patent Lot different from other attorney membership sites?

Patent Lot is the first and currently only site made specifically for patent attorneys. We intend on acquiring capital to initiate a marketing campaign targeting the heart and soul of America which includes inventors, innovators, and small businesses looking to protect their tangible and intellectual property.

How does Patent Lot connect me to my ideal clients?

Patent Lot has created a proprietary index called “Preferred Patent Identity” or “P.P.I.” which gives patent attorneys the opportunity to uniquely brand themselves with their ideal area of confidence.

Visitors can easily look up, search, and find an attorney that has the experience and background that matches what USPTO filing class their innovation would fall under. This gives the inventor the best possible chances of connecting with the ideal patent attorney and acquiring a patent for their innovation.

In turn, patent attorneys are connected with the perfect client.

What is a Preferred Patent Identity?

Preferred Patent Identity or “P.P.I.” is our exclusive and proprietary way of helping attorneys brand themselves with their desired area of confidence.

For example, an attorney that has experience consistently filing and executing patent prosecution for Pharmaceutical patents would not want to take on a client that has innovated a new household product. In this case the attorney’s Preferred Patent Identity or “P.P.I.” would be Pharmaceutical.

In turn, this new, unique and necessary benefits of showcasing and adapting to the PATENTLOT  P.P.I. standard helps connect and pair up inventors with the ideal patent attorney.

 

Your Preferred Patent Identity is your niche, your area of confidence, your target market, and your customer base.

How to choose my Preferred Patent Identity?

Really think about how you plan to grow and improve your career as a patent attorney.

Your decision should reflect

  • your experience
  • your passion
  • your expertise
  • your USPTO filing history

 

What should I share on Patent Lot?

Share everything about you that makes you unique and deserving of your P.P.I.

Include recent patent prosecution victory’s through posts and blogs. Share valuable patent drawings and innovations you helped protect.

Also, your clients will be able to comment and review your work!

Good reviews allows for great chances of acquiring new prospective clients. Growth happens when viewers have the opportunity to see your work, experience, personality, and anecdotal feedback from your current clients. 

What are P.P.I. standards of trust?

PPI Standards for Trust help create a landscape of growth through professionalism and integrity.

 

Trust in the marketplace continues to decline. Americans encounter far too many businesses and charities with poor reputations who are unwilling to do the right thing for their customers, and clients. Evaluating trust is the first step in the purchasing process. Your Preferred Patent Identity (PPI) reminds businesses and innovators  that there are measurable and accountable standards for trust in showcasing your USPTO filing experience– high ones in fact.

And your Patent Lot profile ensures that these standards are set and maintained. Patent Lot’s PPI Standards for Trust are the foundation of our business practices. We expect all patent attorneys to agree to & comply  in Patent Lot’s Code of Business Practices and sound advertising. We represent you and you represent Patent Lot.

Here are the standards which we follow and exercise to our clients. Registering your name with our brand, we expect the same business practices from you:

 

Build Trust

Establish and maintain a positive track record for your profile.

 

Advertise Honestly

Adhere to established standards of advertising and selling your brand of expertise.

 

Tell the Truth

Honestly represent your services, including clear and adequate disclosures of your patent filing experience.

 

Be Transparent

Openly identify the nature, and experience of your practice. Clearly disclose your USPTO filing history. Decide which PPI (Preferred Patent Identity) best suites you and your practice moving forward.

 

Honor Promises

Abide by all written agreements and verbal representations with prospective clients.

 

Be Responsive

Address client concerns quickly, professionally, and in good faith.

 

Safeguard Privacy

Our brand reflects the spirit of American Innovation. Innovation is complimented by inventors and businesses who value privacy and trust of their work and ingenuity. Addressing privacy offers confidence and the ability to smoothly move forward.

 

Embody Integrity

Approach all business dealings, client transactions and commitments with integrity.

 

Have Fun : )

Enjoy this awesome opportunity meeting and connecting with businesses, inventors, innovators, and fellow colleagues.

How should I handle client complaints?

Customer satisfaction is critical to Patent Lot’s success. Even the best companies receive complaints about products or services. But how we handle complaints can set us apart from competitors. A client complaint shouldn’t be considered an insult, but rather, an opportunity to improve. What distinguishes a great business from a poor one is how they work to resolve complaints, and then learn from them.

Patent Lot offers advice for handling complaints:

Thank the client for bringing the situation to your attention.

Sympathize with the client. Acknowledge the client’s feelings without necessarily agreeing with their position. Be friendly and open to listen to what they have to say. Use phrases like “We can understand how this would upset you” or “I can see how you feel about this.” Tell the client that they are important to your practice. Apologize for the misunderstanding, even if it was the client’s error, allowing them to “save face.” You want them to return to your practice and continue using Patent Lot’s service.

Get all the facts. Ask for details and listen to what the client has to say to grasp the understanding of the situation. When talking to the individual jot down notes to remember key facts. This will help convey that as a practice registered within Patent Lot, you do care and want to resolve the issue.

Don’t take it personally. Don’t let your ego get in the way. If a client is angry, stay calm.

Apply company policies to the situation. If an adjustment is warranted on a Patent Application or Document, make it then, there and cheerfully. If no adjustment is due, explain calmly.

Reassure the client. Let the client know that you do care and thank them again for bringing the complaint to your attention. Remind the client that you’ll work to ensure the problem doesn’t happen again. Remember, never let a complaint go unaddressed. It is important to resolve all complaints and ensure your clients are satisfied. Using these tips the next time your practice receives a complaint can help protect the integrity of Patent Lot, an organization which carries your name and the names of other patent attorneys.

Responding to complaints posted online

The old adage that a satisfied customer will tell three people and an unsatisfied one will tell ten is outdated. With blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more, disgruntled clients can now share their rants with the world. Regardless of where the complaint is found online, Patent Lot offers advice to patent attorneys on responding to client complaints posted online.

You should immediately contact your Patent Lot rep when you feel a client is not satisfied.

  • Pick your battles. It may not be possible to address every blog post, comment or tweet. Prioritize those that are less than a few days old, on prominent sites and are about problems you can solve.

 

  • Take the conversation offline. Keep online responses polite and direct while asking if you can contact the consumer directly via phone or email.

 

  • Don’t say anything privately you wouldn’t want public. Just because you’ve taken the conversation offline doesn’t mean your conversations and emails won’t end up on the internet.

 

  • Follow through on promises.

 

  • Know when to walk away. Some clients will never be satisfied. Offer a sincere apology and refer them to support@patentlot.com

 

Publishing on Patent Lot?

 

Why Write on Patent Lot?

 

  • It’s your chance to showcase your knowledge, insights and experiences
  • It’s one way to build influence and thought leadership
  • It’s a great sounding board for your thoughts and big ideas
  • It’s your opportunity to reach out to current and prospective clients, businesses, and inventors on a personal level.

 

What should I publish?

 

  • WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW: Draw from your own life experiences as a patent attorney. Write about patent prosecution or your latest issued patent, whatever it is…share it!

 

  • SHARE FIRSTHAND ACCOUNTS: What obstacles have you overcome? What challenges have you faced? What inspires you to do what you do? Share your experiences and any lessons learned.

 

  • MAKE OBSERVATIONS: Noticed any trends? Seeing something new or interesting? Had a conversation that got you thinking? Weigh in on what you see in the world around your career as a patent attorney.

 

How does Patent Lot help me grow?

Patent Lot is every inventors #1 Tool! Use Patent Lot to find an attorney that has experience with your innovations USPTO filing class.

Inventors can use Patent Lot to showcase their patents and innovations. This gives inventors the opportunity to list, share, and collect reviews of their patent.

In turn, through reviews – inventors have incredible leverage and are able to provide anecdotal data and market feedback of their innovation to prospective VCs, businesses, and interested parties willing to acquire their patent via licensing , royalty, or total acquisition. 

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Preferred Patent Identity

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  • Medical Devices
  • Chemical Process

What is a Preferred Patent Identity (P.P.I.)

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P.P.I. is Patent Lot’s proprietary way of giving patent attorneys the opportunity to brand themselves with a unique area of confidence.

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