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- Fill out Armillary’s simple Non-Provisional Patent Application Form.

- The Non-Provisional Patent Application Form allows you to pay the application and government filing fees by credit card or PayPal. If you prefer to pay by check or cash, just give us a call after you've completed the Application Form.
 
- Within one business day, an Armillary patent attorney will call you to discuss your invention in depth. Any drawings, photos, or additional data can be sent to Armillary via email or U.S. Mail.

- An Armillary patent attorney will conduct a patent prior art search. This search is performed to uncover existing inventions (prior art) that may be similar to your invention. The search covers U.S. patents and patent applications, European patents, WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) documents, Japanese patent abstracts, and limited non-patent literature. A search report with attorney analysis will be forwarded to you, and an Armillary patent attorney will be available to discuss the results with you. A sample Armillary patent search can be seen here.

- Once we have the data needed to describe your invention in the application, your non-provisional patent application will be completed within 21 days. As this is a collaborative process, you may expect the patent attorney to maintain contact, providing feedback and status updates on a weekly basis.

- Your application will be filed with the USPTO and you will receive a USPTO receipt with your “Patent Pending” application number. You will also receive a copy of the application as filed.

- In 12-18 months the USPTO will publish your application, and Armillary will forward a copy to you. As of 2014, there is no longer an additional USPTO fee for early publication. If you choose the early publication option, the USPTO will publish your application in about 5 months.

- In about 24 months the USPTO will examine your patent application and forward to Armillary their first “office action”. This is the beginning of a process of negotiations with the USPTO where your Armillary patent attorney gives persuasive engineering and legal arguments in support of your patent application. You will receive copies of all USPTO office action correspondence.
 
- Sometimes just one office action is required, and the USPTO accepts your patent application. But many times a second office action is required to further clarify points in your application, before the USPTO accepts your patent application. You pay a government patent issuance fee and receive your hard-earned patent registration number.


NON-DISCLOSURE:

If you would prefer to have a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) in place before communicating on your invention, please complete and return via email Armillary's NDA form, which can be downloaded here. Email form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send as an attachment via Armillary's Contact Us webpage.


FEES:

Armillary offers the non-provisional patent application, written by an experienced patent attorney, at the competitive rate of $3000, plus government filing fee. For most inventors the government fee is $400, giving a total out of pocket cost of $3400. If Armillary previously wrote your provisional patent application, the fee for the non-provisional patent application is reduced to $2500, plus government filing fee, since we would already be familiar with your invention.

 

 

 

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