Discovering the World of Patent Prosecution: Where Science Meets Law!

Have you ever marveled at the latest gadgets or innovations, wondering about the creators behind them? Have you ever wondered if there was a lucrative path where you could expand your technical knowledge without being stuck in a lab or computer room for days? As a former computer science student that dreaded an impending programming career, I certainly have. Luckily, there’s a fascinating world out there, beyond labs, research, and programming, where I learned I could have a significant impact with my science background: the world of patent prosecution.
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Wacky Patents

Although patent law may be perceived as a very serious and sophisticated practice, it can also be fun! Other than practicing at the intersection of technical and legal knowledge, patent law also provides protection for a number of suprising and unexpected inventions. For example, a method of exercising a cat was found to meet the requirements for patentability. It is a common misconception that patented inventions must be groundbreaking or scientifically complex. In fact, inventions are patentable, or capable of achieving patent protection from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), despite their deceptive, bizarre, or menial purposes. In the United States, inventions are patentable if directed to patentable subject matter that is new, useful, nonobvious, and. But, you may be wondering, who evaluates whether these “wacky inventions” meet these requirements and how are the patents obtained?  Let me explain.

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