Instruct Outside Patent Counsel
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.