December 12, 2006

The USPTO recently released a transcript of its online web seminar held on November 16, 2006, allowing those who did not participate in the web chat to review the questions posted and the answers provided. The transcript provides just over an hour of questions and answers, along with a number of hyperlinks to additional information provided by two “USPTO Experts.” Answers to the following questions are provided:

  • “What are the pros and cons of provisionals vs. non-provisionals?”

  • “What rights are established when a US non-provisional patent application is published? Do these rights, if any, extend outside the US?”

  • “If a US provisional application is filed, does the inventor have the right to use "patent pending' on literature and the product?”

  • “During prosecution, do examiners prefer telephone interviews or written responses to office actions?”

    Many of the answers provided are preceded with “EDITED ANSWER,” denoting that “the original on-line chat answer has been modified to ensure completeness and accuracy of the answers originally provided by USPTO staff.”

    USPTO Announcement: LINK
    USPTO “On Line Chat Transcripts” Website: LINK

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