OBTAINING A GRANTED PATENT--
For how do I hold thee but by thy granting?
And for that riches where is my deserving?
The cause of this fair gift in me is wanting,
And so my patent back again is swerving.
William Shakespeare: Sonnet 87
|Types of Examination||88|
|Procedure in the United Kingdom||95|
|Preliminary Examination and Search||95|
|Procedure in the USA||103|
Once a patent application has been filed, it must at some stage be examined. Every country which grants patents has some type of examination, however rudimentary. At the bottom of the scale are countries in which the only examination is a purely formal one, to check that the papers are in order and the fee has been paid. Belgium, for example, had until very recently such a registration system. Now a search report is required, but, even so, a patent will be