Alan Wolf

Chair of Physics

Provisional patent application #1

In this course, students quickly (within 3 days) conceived of an invention, studied the "prior art," and then drafted a "provisional patent application."  Such an application does NOT give rise to a patent, but gives you some protection of your intellectual property, for exactly one year, during which time one is free to seek investors, develop a business plan, and 'test the market.'

Below is the effort of one such Cooper student, Michael Block.  It goes beyond the standard provisional application, in that he also closely studied the relevant close prior art, included a few claims, and considered how he might respond to a (hypothetical) 'obviousness' rejection of a patent examiner.

Provisional Patent Application + Relevant Prior Art + Mock Obviousness Analysis:  PPA-MB00