A patent amendment is a change or correction made to a patent application.
Sometimes, you need to clarify or fix parts of your application.
Why Would You Need a Patent Amendment?
- Clarification: Make sure everyone understands your invention.
- Errors: Fix mistakes in the application.
- USPTO Feedback: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office might ask for changes.
Types of Patent Amendments:
- Amendment in Preliminary Amendment: Made before the examiners even start looking at a filed application.
- Regular Amendment: Made after the examiners have given feedback.
- After Final Amendment: Made after receiving a “final” rejection but if small changes can address the issues.
Steps to Make a an Amendment to a Patent Application:
- Identify the Need: Understand why you need a change. It can be from feedback or spotting a mistake.
- Draft the Changes: Use clear language and follow USPTO guidelines.
- Submit to the USPTO: Send the amendment to the USPTO for review.
Things to Remember:
- Be Specific: Clearly point out what you’re changing and why.
- Timing Matters: Some amendments have strict deadlines.
- Stay Within Scope: Don’t add new information that wasn’t in the original application.
Amending a patent application can be crucial to getting your patent approved. It’s about clarifying, correcting, and improving.
Contact us for assistance with your patent amendment today.