Entries by Yuri Eliezer Esq

The 2 Most Common Rejections of a Patent Application

Several months after your patent application has passed preliminary examination, the process of substantive examination will begin. During substantive patent examination, a patent examiner is assigned to review your application. The patent examiner will, among many other actions, assess your patent claims and perform a patent search based on your claims. If the Examiner finds […]

Nest Patent – Occupancy Pattern Detection, Estimation and Prediction

OCCUPANCY PATTERN DETECTION, ESTIMATION AND PREDICTION   Inventors: FADELL; Anthony Michael; (Portola Valley, CA) ; ROGERS; Matthew Lee; (Los Gatos, CA) ; ROGERS; Kipp Avery; (Chicago, IL) ; ISHIHARA; Abraham K.; (Palo Alto, CA) ; BEN-MENAHEM; Shahar; (Mountain View, CA) ; SHARAN; Rangoli; (Sunnyvale, CA)   Applicant: Name City State Country Type NEST LABS, INC. Palo Alto CA US Assignee: NEST LABS, INC. Palo Alto CA Family […]

Patent Expiration – Should You Reapply on Your Provisional?

I have not started manufacturing and my provisional patent application has expired. Should I re-apply for a provisional patent or apply for a full utility patent? Once a provisional patent application has expired, you may refile the same provisional application on condition that you have not publicly disclosed the subject matter of the application more […]

My New Invention Has Many Uses – Do I Need Multiple Patents? Part 3

You’ve decided that the best approach to protect your invention is by filing patents separately for all the different functions/uses and components. This approach, if affordable, provides numerous benefits (e.g., licensing benefits). Starting the filings out as provisional applications while the invention, as a whole, is still undergoing development or ‘proof-of-concept’ can be an affordable […]

My New Invention Has Many Uses – Do I Need Multiple Patents? Part 2

A single invention (for example – an automated cleaning robot) may have many different innovations (let’s call them ‘components’) making up the entire invention. Inventors often struggle to decide if separate patent application filings are necessary for each innovation. To assist you in deciding, answer the following questions. 1. Could the Components be used independently […]

My New Invention Has Many Uses – Do I Need Multiple Patents?

A single invention (for example – an automated robot) may have many different uses and functions. Inventors often struggle to decide if separate patent application filings are necessary for each use and function. To assist you in deciding, answer the following questions. Does the single invention have different uses? Generally, a patent application should only […]