November 14, 2023

“10 Tips for Evaluating Patent Applications Prepared by Outside Counsel,” Association of Corporate Counsel

Harness IP Principal and patent attorney Michael J. Thomas co-authored an article with John P. Dilger, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Lead Intellectual Property at Emerson Electric Co.

Published by the Association of Corporate Counsel’s ACC Docket, the column provides in-house lawyers with guidance on reviewing the efficacy of patent applications prepared by outside law firms.

“Evaluating a utility patent application prepared by outside counsel can be a daunting task, particularly if you are not a registered patent attorney,” the authors wrote. “Follow these tips to streamline the process and help you ensure the application describes, claims, and illustrates the invention properly — necessary steps to provide your company with a competitive advantage.”

You may read the article and the 10 tips for streamlining and evaluating the patent process here.




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