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The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast

Jul 9, 2018

The Patent Process Explained – James Wilson – Ep56

This episode is one that you inventors out there should definitely listen to. Most people know what a patent is but not many understand the process it takes to get one.

In this episode I talked with James Wilson from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). James is the Assistant Regional Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office in Detroit.

We talk about the entire patent process, from idea creation to provisional patent, to non-provisional application and the review process. We uncover all the details inventors want to know, like costs, time frames, and the process.

There are some links from the podcast I will add once I get them from James. But those will be for the resources he described including how to get assistance on patent applications.

James’ parting advice is that the UPSTO strives to be one of the best government entities and that they are looking to hire more examiners. So if you are a professional with a technical degree, there might be an opportunity for you at the USPTO.

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