This module will cover the basic facts about patents. We will explore the different types of patents, including utility, design, and plant. We will define the difference and use of both provisional patent applications and non-provisional patent applications. Further, we will discuss the process of patent prosecution, the role of the U.S. patent examiner and what to expect when working with the USPTO. Information regarding a number of patent prosecution programs and initiatives available to applicants will also be provided. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the session.
The speaker will be Stephen Yanchuk, Special Advisor to the Eastern Regional Outreach Office — U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.