E-dicts


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Oath

Part of a non-provisional patent application that affirms the identity of the inventor listed on the patent application and other information in the application, such as claims. 

Obviousness

A condition of non-patentability in which an invention cannot receive a valid patent because a person with ordinary skill in that technology can readily deduce it from publicly available information (prior art). 

Omnibus Claim

Refers to a special claim that details the preferred form of your invention with reference to the description and/or drawings.

Opposition

A procedure whereby an application made to a patent, designs or trademark office can be challenged by a third party and ruled on by that office. It can lead to refusal of applications for registration. 

Outsourcing

It refers to the act of contracting one or more suppliers external to a business to undertake a specific task(s).