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Read on to learn how to SAVE UP TO $2000 in legal fees by using our PATENT PENDING technology over SECURE CHANNELS to participate in the preparation of your patent application ONLINE!!

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Information & Answers:
The Basic Idea
The Advantages
Addressing uncertainties about us and working online
First Steps
How it works
What are the costs?
Is this a gimmick?
Couldn't I just do it all myself?
Merely Requesting a Search
Confidentiality and Security Online
Can I do this from anywhere in the U.S.A?
Can I do this from outside the U.S.A?
Is this the Gravy Train?
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The Basic Idea This PATENT PENDING process is designed for the independent inventor, or the small business inventor, who is interested in investing some time and effort in order to save fees in the preparation of a patent application. It enables you to submit, through our secure channels over the internet, information and descriptions of your invention by following our simple detailed instructions. By providing your information in this manner, you are able to save valuable time in the preparation of your application. In the legal field, time equals money. The more you are able to include (clear descriptions, alternate embodiments, features, enhancements, drawings, etc.), the more you will be able to save in legal fees by saving us time.

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The Advantages This is a great route for seeking patent protection. Rather than assume the burden of preparing and filing a patent application on your own, this process allows you to become as involved in the process as you wish - saving you legal fees on portions of the application which can be efficiently prepared by your direct input. Furthermore, you have the opportunity to work with an experienced patent attorney and former patent examiner who will complete and scrutinize your patent application before filing and navigate through the complex legal requirements and procedures necessary to properly seek protection for your invention, without the full-blown expense normally associated with hiring a patent attorney.

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Addressing Uncertainties About Us And Working Online In these modern times of e-commerce, it is prudent to be cautious when doing business over the internet on an impersonal level. We understand and expect your hesitations. We would like to make the following suggestions to help increase your comfort level:

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First Steps Before proceeding with the E-Patent Your Inventionsm process, we request that you read our information in regard to Patents on this site to learn more about the patenting process.

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Here's How It Works

  1. You will first submit a general description of the field to which your invention relates (without disclosing any confidential information), along with some basic information about you/your company. We will perform a conflict check to ensure that we are able to work with you on this matter.
  2. Assuming no conflict of interest exists, you will hear from us promptly by e-mail, indicating that your Login and Password have been activated. You will then be able to enter our site and proceed to the next step.
  3. You will follow the detailed instructions which will take you through the steps of performing a simple search, preparing background and description information, and preparing drawings. You can leave and reenter the site using your login and password as many times as you wish, and your information will be preserved for revising. You can also work on various portions offline on your word processor, then copy and paste your information into our system.
  4. At any point, you will have the opportunity to submit any questions you may have through our online secure link.
  5. Some of the fields are required, and will be so indicated. Any step which is not indicated as required is optional. In the optional fields, you may include as much or as little information as you wish. Much of the information requested will need to be provided by you eventually in order to complete the application. Thus, it is most economical for you to provide this information online to the best of your ability.
  6. Once you have submitted your information, we will review it, and provide you with an estimate. At that point, if you choose to proceed, you will be asked to respond.
  7. You will then be mailed an engagement/retainer letter detailing the estimate and the terms with which we will work with you. Once you have signed and returned the letter, along with your check for the full amount, we will complete and file your patent application. In completing and filing the application, we will work with you personally off-line.

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What are the costs? Your initial use of the E-Patent your Inventionsm process is completely free and does not obligate you to incur any fees or to proceed further. If you request a service along the way or after completing the process, such as a search, analysis, opinion, or preparation of a complete patent application using your information, you will be provided an estimate via e-mail. At that point you are free to accept or decline the estimate. If you accept, a retainer letter will be mailed or faxed to you, and you will be asked to sign it and return it along with a check for the estimated amount.

So feel free to proceed; there are no traps or hidden expenses here. You will not incur any expenses or obligations until you decide to mail your check. As substantial time and expertise must be expended in order to properly draft claims and revise the application to meet legal requirements and conform to proper form, please expect your cost estimate after savings to include a minimum of $3,200 in legal fees plus draftsman's fees and government filing fee.

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Is This A Gimmick? The fees you will be able to save by using this process are due to the time you are saving your patent attorney. Much of the information requested of you can be efficiently provided by you, rather than conveyed to your patent attorney by other means. We will make revisions and complete the application to ensure that all legal requirements are met, however, by following our detailed instructions, you should be able to provide your information in a manner which will save us time. Therefore, this is not a gimmick. We are simply passing on the savings to you which you create by saving us time.

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Couldn't I Just Do It All Myself? You are not required to employ a patent attorney in order to file your patent application. If you are particularly ambitious, motivated, and have the time, there are resources available to assist you in filing your own patent application (It is important to understand that the use of our E-Patent Your Inventionsm system should not be relied upon to create a legally sound patent application without engaging patent counsel to review, revise, and complete the application). However, in order to increase the chances of acquiring protection of commercially reasonable scope, and obtaining a patent which will be marketable to a large company or enforceable in court, it is often best to employ an experienced registered patent attorney.

This process gives you the best of both worlds - you can do as much of it yourself as you wish, then turn it over to an experienced patent attorney to complete the job.

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Merely Requesting a Search. You can use the E-Patent your Inventionsm process solely for the purpose of requesting a patent search. Simply begin the process and follow all the steps through the "Search Stationsm." At that point you are given the opportunity to request a search with your specific instructions. You will be provided an estimate via e-mail which you are free to accept or decline. If accepted, you will be asked to sign our retainer letter and prepay the estimate by check. You are free to stop the E-Patent your Inventionsm process at any point.

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Confidentiality and Security Online Please do not transmit any confidential information to us via e-mail. The sender assumes all risks associated with interception of e-mail messages. Our E-Patent Your Inventionsm system is installed on a secure socket layer system, thereby insuring security and confidentiality of your invention. If you have any concerns about this issue, please Contact Us for more information. Also see our further information on Security and Confidentiality.

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Can I Do This From Anywhere In The U.S.A? Yes. Our practice is located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. However, we serve clients all over the world. In this modern age of e-commerce, fax machines, e-mail, and telephones, it is not necessary for you to be located near us. We are able to assist you anywhere in the U.S.A. If you are not a U.S. resident, see "Can I Do This From Outside The U.S.A.?"

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Can I Do This From Outside The U.S.A.? In most countries, you must file a patent application in your home country or receive foreign filing permission before filing abroad. Thus, if you are not a U.S. resident, please contact a local patent attorney to assist you with this issue. Feel free to tell your local attorney that you would like to work with us for the purposes of a U.S. patent application.

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Is This The Gravy Train? $$$Welcome to the Gravy $tation$$$ Well, let's be realistic. In order for your invention to bring you success, you will likely need to market it aggressively, and you will need a little luck as well. Whether you plan to manufacture and sell your invention yourself, license your rights to another, or sell your rights outright, there will likely be quite a bit of effort required on your part in order to make it work. There are no guarantees of success.

Acquiring a patent does not guarantee you will profit from your invention. There have been numerous incidents of fraudulent marketing firms which purport to bring you success. Please beware of with whom you choose to deal. Watch out for any companies which charge large up front fees and promise you results.

Read our information regarding What should I know about Marketing/Invention Promotion Firms?. If you know of reputable marketing firms, or you have had a positive experience with a marketing firm, please Contact Us with your experiences so that we can properly make recommendations.

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If this process is not for you, we are pleased to assist you in a traditional manner. Please feel free to Contact Us.

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