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Instruct Outside Patent Counsel

Following a patent committee meeting, the patent coordinator can be responsible for issuing instructions to outside IP counsel, subject to approval of the estimates of cost regarding the ideas actioned.

Instructions with respect to an invention disclosure could relate to one of the following:

  • Preparation of a provisional patent application
  • Preparation of a utility patent application
  • Preparation of a defensive publication

Instructions to outside IP counsel to file a provisional patent application and/or a defensive publication are simpler and the costs involved can be less than a utility patent application.

The patent coordinator can obtain estimates for the costs of any desired action and obtain approval from the patent budget owner before giving final approval to the outside IP counsel.


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