PATENT EASE DELUXE
frequently asked questions
1. What is the PatentEase program and what does it does?
PatentEase is a revolutionary new software product designed to allow you to generate your own patent application that can be submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). PatentEase produces a multi-page, properly formatted patent application, including the necessary patent filing documents, that should be submitted to the PTO with your application. You have total control of the application process. You use your PC and your printer and, if you prefer, your own word processing software. PatentEase gives you exclusive One Click Claiming™, automatically generating the claims for your invention from the information you've already entered into the program. No other software has it! Another exclusive feature of PatentEase is the On-Screen Talking Tutor™ that actually talks to you in plain English and guides you through each step of the patent application process. It gives you the tools you need to protect your invention and paves the way for you to manufacture or license your invention.
2. Who should use PatentEase?
Individuals who are seeking to provide patent protection for their idea, with or without the aid of a lawyer, should consider PatentEase. On average, the PatentEase program can save you about $5,000 in attorney fees.
3. Is PatentEase easy to use?
PatentEase has several features that make it easy to use. First, the On-Screen Talking Tutor™ walks you through information and examples on each section of the patent application. A comprehensive user's guide and integrated help within the program make understanding how to use PatentEase very easy. PatentEase also contains sample patent applications that guide you through examples. PatentEase will even generate the claims, the most difficult part of a patent application, automatically.
4. How long does it take to write a patent application?
You should expect to spend a number of hours, days, or even weeks drafting your patent application, just as patent attorneys do. After all, you will be doing this yourself, eliminating the services of an attorney, and saving a great deal of money in the process. Isn't that worth some time?
5. What about drawings?
We have three ways to handle drawings: (a) you can sketch or draw your invention on paper and refer to the drawings; (b) you can scan your drawings into your computer and use them as part of the PatentEase program; or (c) you can import your drawings from another file and use them as part of the PatentEase program.
6. Where can I get PatentEase?
PatentEase is available here today. We ship by priority Mail.
7. Can I download the PatentEase program? Can I electronically file my patent application?
The PatentEase audio/visual files are so big that it is impractical to download them. Therefore, we provide the program on CD-ROM and mail it to you, along with a user's guide. The PTO permits filing of patent applications electronically. However, you must use the USPTO protocol (see the USPTO website), you must forward a check or money order for the filing fee, and you must handle drawings either electronically or in hard copy form.
8. What are the system requirements for PatentEase?
Minimum System Requirements:
* Windows 98, ME, 2000, NT, XP
* 133 MHz CPU
* 64 MB RAM (128 MB recommended)
* 50 MB available hard drive space
* CD-ROM Drive
9. How about a refund if I don't want it?
We had experienced problems in the past with people trying to copy the software and return it for a refund. As a result we don't offer a refund. All sales are final.
10. Must I perform a patent search before filing my patent application?
No. A search does not need to be performed to submit a patent application. The PTO examiner who is assigned your case generally performs an excellent search for no additional fee beyond the PTO filing fee. In fact, most professional patent searchers will charge you more than the PTO filing fee plus the cost of the PatentEase program combined. So it may make sense for you not to have a patentability search performed before you file your patent application. Of course, you can access the PTO website (www.uspto.gov) to perform your own search, if you desire. However, if you feel it is prudent to have a professional searcher pursue a patent search on your idea, Inventnet.com can help. Contact us for information on providing this service.
11. I have seen software for a provisional patent application and for another patent application preparation program. Why is PatentEase better?
Unfortunately, a provisional patent application NEVER matures into a U.S. patent, unless other significant and sometimes expensive steps are taken. Inventors are often lured into filing a provisional application because the filing fee is relatively low. But in order to perfect the application and convert it into a regular, non-provisional case, you will have to pay the full filing fee, eventually, IN ADDITION to the provisional application filing fee. The PTO will not allow you to add new matter to your original application while retaining your priority (filing) date for the new material, so why not do the job the right way from the beginning? The PatentEase program helps you draft and file your regular (non-provisional) patent application completely and correctly the FIRST TIME, so you won't have to revise the case later or pay additional filing fees to the Patent and Trademark Office. Finally, and most importantly, no other program actually generates the CLAIMS of your application from the information that you provide. Completing a patent application with the PatentEase program allows you to print the application and file it, period.
12. Should I consult with a patent attorney before and/or after filing a self-drafted patent application?
It is strongly recommended that you consult with a registered patent attorney or agent before filing a patent application. The fees should be lower at this point because you have done most of the work to prepare the application. Inventorprise can help you have your patent application reviewed by a registered patent attorney. Please contact us for information on providing this service.