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Week 7- Assignment 2: Signature Assignment - Submit Final Patent Application & Develop Dissertation

After many weeks of researching, writing, and drafting the necessary components for a patent, you will be submitting your final patent application in the format of a nonprovisional utility patent. Please review the USPTO website if necessary. Combine all of your work into one document in the proper order. Your patent must include:

  • A Title of Invention

  • Cross-References to Related Applications

  • The Background of the Invention (including prior art)

  • A Brief Summary of the Invention

  • A Brief Description of the Several Views of the Drawing

  • A Detailed Description of the Invention

  • Claim or Claims

  • Abstract of the Disclosure

  • Drawings

Feel free to improve upon or append any additional information to your original drafts as necessary. Your patent application should be comparable to other patents you came across in your prior-art research. Please review your prior art and ensure you follow the proper format for each section. You do not need to format your documents to look like a patent (the USPTO formats text and drawings after accepting a patent), but it should be organized for grading. Your patent application will be graded as if it were being reviewed by a patent examiner; you do not want it rejected for violating any rules or legality we have discussed throughout the course.

Throughout the course, you have researched, analyzed, and distilled many resources into a provisional patent application. This is a crucial skill for someone pursuing their PhD. In an additional 700-1000 words, discuss the implications of your patent research to your dissertation research. Be specific in discussing what you learned and its implications to your future work. Did any of your prior art research provide you with direction on your dissertation research or interest? Were you able to solidify a dissertation topic, if you have not done so already? How might you apply these research techniques in the future?

Length: 10-20 pages not including title and reference pages

Resources: 5

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University's Academic Integrity Policy.

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