What Is the Utility Patent Process?
A utility patent means the same thing as a non-provisional patent application (NPA). A NPA is more formal than the provisional and it must contain all of the detailed sections such as brief description of drawings, summary, background, field of invention and most importantly claims. Unlike the provisional, the non-provisional application must point out and distinctly claim the invention they are claiming is their own. The language of claims is nearly a language unto its own – and requires a true skill to craft language in such a manner to grant the inventor as much rights as they are deserved under the invention without falling victim to encroaching into another’s patent rights. The non-provisional application may supersede and claim the priority of a provisional application which means it alleges that the invention as described and claimed in the non-provisional was fully described in the provisional. The non-provisional is what gets examined by the USPTO and is the application that may eventually be granted.