Steps to increase your chances of getting a utility patent grant

  1. Conduct a thorough prior art search:  Conduct a thorough Prior Art search to find relevant prior art that affects novelty and non-obviousness. That includes a search of published patents and patent applications, publications, and products being sold in public. A prior art search is important because it helps determine whether an invention is novel, non-obvious, and therefore eligible for patent protection. It also helps identify potential infringements of existing patents, which can help avoid future legal issues. Conducting a thorough prior art search can save time and money by ensuring an invention is patentable before investing in the patent application process.  

2. Draft a detailed patent application: This is a crucial step that is best done by Patent professionals. Drafting a patent requires not only legal expertise but also technical know-how. A well-drafted patent application that includes detailed descriptions, drawings, and claims can significantly increase your chances of obtaining a patent grant. A good patent draft will help in not only getting a patent grant but making it challenging if not impossible for competitors to reverse engineer your invention and circumvent your patent. 

3. Seek the advice of a patent attorney or agent: Consult a patent attorney or agency for advice. The patent system is well understood by patent attorneys and agents, who may offer helpful advice on how to prepare and submit a successful patent application.

4. Emphasize the practical applications of your invention: Place a focus on your invention’s useful applications by way of practical demonstration; how to use them in practice.  Demonstrating the practical applications of your invention and how it solves a real-world problem can make it more convincing to patent examiners.

5. Respond promptly to any communications from the patent office: Respond promptly and completely to any correspondence from the patent office, including office actions or requests for more information. It is crucial to answer quickly and effectively to any correspondence from the patent office.

6. Consider filing an appeal: If your patent application is denied for flimsy reasons even though you have a strong invention, patent application, and arguments, you might have the ability to appeal. A patent may be issued after a successful appeal, so don’t give up.