Need to Submit Prior Art with My Patent Application

Posted by Michael Shimokaji | Mar 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question: Do I need to submit prior art with my patent application?

This is for a design patent. Is it required to submit prior art with my application? If it's not required are there benefits in including it with the application?

Answer: All applicants for a patent have a legal duty to disclose to the patent office prior art that is material to the patentability of their invention. What specific prior art must be disclosed is not a black and white answer. Therefore, many applicants err on the side of disclosing, rather than not disclosing.

The benefit to disclosing prior art is that your patent application goes through a more rigorous examination. In turn, this increases the “strength” of your patent.

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Michael Shimokaji

Michael’s expertise includes the strategic development of patent and trademark portfolios. He identifies those patents and trademarks that are valuable to his clients by providing them with a competitive advantage. Then, Michael obtains patent and trademark registrations in the US and abroad.

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