The next group of blog entries will cover the preparation of a patent application. The first step in this process is for the inventor to record his or her invention to facilitate the preparation of a description of the invention that is commonly referred to as an invention disclosure, invention disclosure record or invention disclosure form. The next step is for the patent attorney to conduct a patentability search, so that he or she can render a patentability opinion. The final step is for the patent attorney to draft the application for review by the inventor.

We will begin by addressing how an inventor records his or her invention disclosure. Next, we will address patent searching. Then, we will address the different parts of a patent application. Finally, we will address the most important part of the application, the claims.

Before addressing the preparation of an invention disclosure, we will address the concept of inventorship.