The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
The steady work done to grant patents to those American inventors that laid good plans and made an invention that counts fills the days at the United States Patent Office (USPTO). The main office is in Washington, DC.
The patent examiners make sure the latest collection of patented inventions again keeps the nation on the frontier of productive enterprise.
Taking In Inventions at the Patent Office
Without delay, an examiner at the patent office judges that an American's contribution to invention is a job well done. Their judgments weigh heavy in deciding who is the first person to gain their footing in making a product and lead American enterprise. They do the most popular work at the Commerce Department. Successful inventions get the examiner's approval on a patent, and the inventor, after the patent is put in their hands, gets the opportunity to plan to use their invention to accomplish new goals.
The Official Seal
They make their examination work official by placing the official USPTO seal on the patents and the papers. The letters that came off the press to give an American the patent are made authentic.
The office produces patents after a thorough examination is done. Examiners examine the inventions and applications to find that all requirements are met and the inventor was able to make real progress. In exchange for the patent fees paid to the office, they persistently use their knowledge, their skill, and their practical wisdom to warrant that the invention is a sound one, or reject the contribution as unworthy of a U. S. patent. On average, the office handles thousands of applications. The many stacks are sorted to separate the genuine inventor from the imitators and the followers.
Examinations are done by the book. But, every inventor, and any American that can experience a change in the standing of their patented invention, has their opportunity to prove by evidence the judgment is certain. Patent. Or no patent. The proceedings are a time to either give testimony and hand over the papers, or do nothing and wait.
Regularly, the office prints copies of patents to give the public the facts on the inventions. The facts come on printed papers, in type written papers, and in electronic form. The patent. The invention described in a specification. The invention illustrated in a drawing. And the count of papers that tell Americans a patented invention changed the things produced, and get all the points on the invention across in notes.
The Director and The Examiners
Model inventions and well made copies are the responsibilities handled by a director that serves 5 years. For an inventor to take a patent into their hands, they have to follow the regulations the professional with a background and experience in patent law makes using their authority. Patents are granted only when the Director can approve the title. Any certified copy of a patent paper has the certainty in the facts the Director can stand behind. And, they keep all those that give testimony straight and honest by setting the rules for taking affidavits and depositions.
They tell patent professionals the right things to do and take answers. Agents, attorneys, and other persons that work on applications and proving claims can get a reprimand from the Director. The office governs their conduct.
Inventors' applications have to stand up to their tests. The examiners use the Director's classifications of subject matter to readily judge the novelty of an invention.
All Clear for Discoveries
An impending patent, at the patent office, tells everyone another round of productive work is near an end. Doing all one's own work is honest work.
United States Patent and Trademark Office, Consolidated Patent Laws (Revision, September 2007).
United States Patent and Trademark Office, A Guide to Filing a U. S. Patent Application (2008).