Welcome

This site is hosted by a Houston patent lawyer dedicated to serving the needs of small business and entrepreneurs in the protection of intellectual property, including copyright and intellectual property on the internet. My practice includes patent applications & trademark applications filing and prosecution.  Provisional patent applications are filed, as well as design patent applications.We offer services focused toward achieving the full…

Read More →

REPRESENTATIVE PATENTS

6,597,177      Through Casing Resistivity Measurement In Permanently Installed Downhole Production Environment.   A tool installed within a well casing that can saturate a portion of the casing with magnetic flux and send an oscillating magnetic flux that can be used for resistivity measurement of the adjacent geologic formation.  6,630,831      Measurement of Electrical Properties Through Non Magnetically…

Read More →

RESTRICTIONS REQUIREMENTS: I’VE FILED MY APPLICATION, WHY CAN’T THEY TELL ME IF IT’S PATENTABLE?

The first communication a patent applicant may receive from the USPTO patent examiner is that the applicant must choose among different claims of the application in order to proceed with examination. This is a Restriction Requirement. Typically, a patent application is filed with 3 independent claims and a total of 20 independent and dependent claims….

Read More →

RESTRICTION PRACTICE III

RESTRICTION PRACTICE III MPEP §806.5 pertains to combinations of embodiments such as an apparatus and method of utilizing the apparatus. Alternatively, it may pertain to a process and a method for practicing the process. The section also pertains to combinations and sub-combinations. (This arcane subject matter. I have borrowed heavily from the text of the…

Read More →

RESTRICTION REQUIREMENT II

RESTRICTION PRACTICE II Remember a restriction requirement is frequently the first communication the Applicant receives from the examiner. A restriction requires that the Applicant select or elect among multiple “inventions” asserted by the examiner to be contained in the original application. I have written an introduction to this “puzzling topic” entitled Restriction Requirements. I want…

Read More →

RESTRICTION PRACTICE

This Article was updated October 21, 2013. See Blog Restriction Practice II. The basic rule is that each patent can claim only one distinct and independent invention. This is subject to the rules pertaining to restriction practice and the filing of divisional applications. A related rule is that two patents can’t claim the same invention….

Read More →

INTER PARTES REVIEW

INTER PARTES REVIEW For patents having a filing date of earlier than March 16, 2013, i.e., the date the America Invents Act is fully implemented, an issued patent can be challenged under the Inter Partes Review provisions of the AIA or “first to file” statute. Such patents are not subject to the Post Grant Review…

Read More →