Intellectual Property: Lesson 2


Kevin Christopher, an attorney at Rockridge Venture Law, discusses patents.


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Video Lesson Topics

- What is a Patent?

A patent is a legal document that protects an invention. A patent is an exclusive right awarded for an invention, a product, or a technique that offers a new technical solution to a problem or provides a new way of doing something. A patent application must provide technical facts about the invention to the public to get one.

- How to File for a Patent

For a utility patent, you submit a provisional patent application or utility application. The provisional patent application is not a fully-fledged patent application, as it is a placeholder saying you are in line for the patent application process. This gives the inventor the opportunity to develop data, find investors, and iterate a bit. The next step is to file a US nonprovisional application or file for Patent Cooperation Treaty.
A US nonprovisional application will incorporate your provisional filing date and will be reviewed by a patent examiner.
The Patent Cooperation Treaty is an international treaty that governs patent law. It establishes a standardized method for filing patent applications in each of its contracting states to safeguard inventions.

Topics & Lessons

Each Below Topic Contains a Video Lesson and Helpful Downloadable Information


Intellectual Property Rights






IP & Contracts


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