Patent applications--what are they really like?
by Andy Oram
A huge amount of public discussion has gone on about how patent offics approve patents, and how they're litigated later. But why don't we go to the start of the process? Let's examine what inventors think about after they realize they have something patentable, and what they do to prepare the application.
I'd like to ask these people:
- How do you determine that something is patentable (that it's useful, novel, and not obvious)?
- How do you go about searching for prior art?
- How do you decide how much to invest in preparing the application, and how do you decide that submitting a patent application is worthwhile?
People with stories to tell can contact me by sending email to andyo at domain oreilly.com.
I am in the process of pursuing several patents and am curious what information you get from your inquiry.