The USPTO has begun to hold regular on line “chat” sessions where independent inventors can ask questions. Sample Q&A:
Independent Inventor: In a utility patent, are you only granted protection for your claims?
USPTO Expert: Claims define your legal protection.
Independent Inventor: Is there such a thing as a Business Method Patent?
USPTO Expert: It is a utility patent. Utility patent applications may be filed for business methods. For additional information go here
Independent Inventor: Can applicants call in a speak with the examiner directly?
USPTO Expert: Yes, this is called an “interview” and is generally conducted after the first Office action has been mailed. Please see MPEP 713 for a detailed explanation of interview practice look here.