“Include proofreading as a final step to patent prosecution. Quality proofreading reports delivered within 1-3 business days.
Patent proofreading is crucial and the final step of patent prosecution. The original patent application may undergo a series of amendments and errors that may creep into the application which if not corrected may lead to serious consequences. Proofreading helps filter out any errors that might have gone ignored while drafting the application.
Patent Proofreading provides an opportunity to make sure that no important element, detail or part is being missed or overlooked. Elements of proofreading embrace descriptive linguistics, punctuation, spelling, formatting, visual consistency and structure.
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Patent Proofreading is a prerequisite for all looking at error free patent – patent drafters, attorneys, licensees to name a few. Our proofreading process mandates that the contents of a patent application must be carefully read, analyzed and methodically re-checked to find out the errors which might be left during the creation of an application and then process to be repeated at post grant to correct errors via Certificate of Correction. We assist in identifying and correcting Substantial and Non-Substantial errors.
Substantial errors are those that have a substantial impact on the invention and scope of the invention gets compromised. Errors can be in title, inventor names, priority, references, drawings etc. These errors have a huge impact on the invention and can lead to opposition, infringement and even abandonment. These errors should be corrected immediately via preliminary amendment, 312 Amendment, CoC, Article 19, Article 34 etc.
Non-substantial errors are those that have a non-substantial impact on the invention and scope of the invention does get compromised. Errors can be double or missing words, apostrophe problems (whose/ who’s), grammar, punctuation, full stops. These errors are marked but corrected only after attorney’s dissertation and approval.
We deliver ready to file Preliminary Amendments, Certificate of Corrections, Translations, Clean version of claims, suggested error and our observations along with marked patent and error summary report. We offer proofreading at Application, Publication, Post allowance and Patent stage.
Application Proofreading gives an opportunity to attorneys to correct applications with help of filing preliminary amendment by reducing the chances of rejections and provides opportunity for early publication and early allowance likewise grant. The application is checked for spelling and grammatical errors, priority information in the cross reference section of the specification, figurative text comparison, reference description in the specification, antecedent check and dependency errors in Claims.
The process involves a thorough browsing, comparing and confirmation that all the documents till notice of publication are correct logically and grammatically along with the published copy. Publication Proofreading advises attorneys to correct the published application beforehand to save time, cost and efforts while preparation and filing of a response and increasing an opportunity for allowance and grant. The published application is checked for incorporation of preliminary amendments and bibliographic data.
Post NoA Proofreading helps attorneys to correct the allowed application before paying the issue fees and getting patent granted. At this stage, the aim is to capture applicant errors to eliminate correcting them post grant and thereby avoid paying the CoC fee.
The process involves comparison of originally filed application and the granted patent to capture the errors that may have occurred at the PTO’s end as well as applicant’s end. The granted patent is checked for errors conforming uniformity in typefaces throughout the document, validating table of contents with elements like titles and subtitles, validating the appropriateness of in-text illustrations, checks on incorporation of amendments through the patent life cycle and bibliographic data that comes on face page. Post Grant Proofreading helps attorneys to correct errors in granted patent via CoC, reduces the chances of re-examination, re-issue and infringement.
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