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Applying for a Patent Online

John Andrew, P.E.

Course Outline

This online course describes the inventing process from idea conception to writing a patent application and filing it online at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. An example contract for outsourcing the patent manufacturing and sales to a company is also included. It is of great value  to be innovative if you work in an industrial environment.

The course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course the attendee will:

Intended Audience

The information will be especially useful to students, entrepreneurs, engineers, and innovators who want to search the US Patent library and apply for a patent.

Benefit to Attendees

Attendee of this course will be able to apply for a patent online.

Course Introduction

Patents provide exclusive rights to manufacture and sell new products. Almost all products and enterprises must progress along an innovation path or they will be able to compete.

Course Content

In this lesson, you are required to study the following course content in PDF format:

Applying for a Patent Online

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first save the file to your computer by right clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you still experience any difficulty in downloading or opening this file, you may need to close some applications or reboot your computer to free up some memory.

Course Summary

Making a patent search online and writing a patent disclosure are described. A method for writing a utility patent application and submitting it online is presented.

Existing items are improved and new items are created by combining and modifying items to meet a need.

Related Links

See the related continuing education course G186 “Inventing by the NCMR Method” at

Innovation Articles, Guides, and Newsletters at:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office Home Page at
Provides links to information about all aspects pertaining to invention patents.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.