Tinley Park, IL asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Illinois

Q: Question about patent scope

I am writing a patent that consists of separate components that could also be patented. My question is whether it would be better to patent each piece of technology individually or to include them all within the final marketable product.

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Moorestown, NJ

A: Well, it is generally easiest and cleanest to put it into separate applications (because inventors typically come up with different components at different times, but I generally tend to put it all into one patent application, let the examiner restrict it, and then choose which way you want to go. It is also the cheapest way to go. But whatever you do, make sure that you don't skimp on the description.

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