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Patent Application Flow Diagram

Understand the process of getting your US patent application granted with the below patent application flow diagram.

STEP WHO? ACTIVITY
1.
Applicant
Has the idea already been patented?
Search: http://patft.uspto.gov
 Yes   end 
No
2.
Applicant
Design Patent(ornamental characteristics) What type of Application are you filing? Plant Patent
new variety of asexually produced plant
Utility Patent (most common)
(useful process, machine, artile of manufacture, composition of matter)
3.
Applicant
Determine Filing Strategy
File Globally?  Yes  Need
international protection?
File in U.S?  end 
No
Yes
4.
Applicant
File in U.S?  Yes  Which type of Utility Patent Application to file?
Provisional or Nonprovisional
5.
Applicant
Consider expedited examination
Accelerated Examination Program
First Action Interview
Patent Prosecution Highway
6.
Applicant
Who Should File?
File yourself (Pro Se)
Use a Registered Attorney or Agent (Recommended)
7.
Applicant
Prepare for electronic filing
Determine Application Processing Fees
Apply for a Customer Number and Digital Certificate
8.
Applicant
Apply for Patent using Electronic Filing System as a Registered eFiler (Recommended)
About EFS-Web

9.
USPTO
USPTO examines application
Check application status
   
 Yes  Allowed?  No 
 
10.
Applicant
Applicant files replies, requests for reconsideration, and appeals as necessary
11.
USPTO
If objections and rejection of the examiner are overcome, USPTO sends Notice of Allowance and Fee(s) due
12.
Applicant
Applicant pays the issue fee and the pulication fee
USPTO GRANTS PATENT
13.
Applicant
 end 
Maintenance fees due 3 1/2, 7 1/2 and 11 1/2 years after patent grant


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