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Applying for a Patent

Discussion in 'Student Research and Publishing' started by qwopty99, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. qwopty99

    qwopty99 Optometrist 7+ Year Member

    Feb 4, 2006
    Hi folks

    Does anyone here have experience with applying for a patent? Costs? Timeline? Any good websites that anyone can suggest? It's for a medical device.
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  3. Pinkertinkle

    Pinkertinkle 2003 Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2003
    I applied for a veterinary related patent. I had a patent lawyer take care of it and it has cost about 5000 total so far and may be a bit more when the reviewers get back to us.It took me about 2 months to prepare the application with him. Currently it's awaiting first action which can take at least 12-18 months. For a medical device this could take even longer (24+ months).
  4. qwopty99

    qwopty99 Optometrist 7+ Year Member

    Feb 4, 2006
    Do you know the details about patents internationally? I know of US vs Japan vs other country patents. Is the US patent basically the highest standard? Does one need to submit to more than one country?
  5. You would be best suited to discuss this matter with a patent lawyer or even an international business/corporate/patent lawyer. They would at least be able to guide you in the correct direction and possibly take care of the issue and alleviate the headache for you entirely. Good luck.
  6. cali12


    Jun 30, 2008
    There is a good book called "Patent yourself" from Nolo Publishing. It explains how to prepare and file your patent. I think it available at Amazon.
    Maybe you should go with provisional patent first: it costs way less (below two hundred bucks) and you could prepare one by yourself. This is not a real patent and it buys you time (1 year) to file patent paperwork.
    You may also wish to read about 'prior art' and all kinda stuff.
    Good luck!
  7. ipsychologist

    ipsychologist "Too Much Static in Life" 2+ Year Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    I have a mobile application in patent pending status in Japan. They said that it works the same as the rest of the world. dont know if that was true, but that is what they said... I think it would be wise to patent in usa and have them make it international.

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