Information Disclosure Statement

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) mandates patent applicants to submit Information Disclosure Statements (IDS) to disclose prior art references relevant to their inventions. An efficient IDS management strategy can significantly impact the patent prosecution process. This case study focuses on a technology company’s experience in handling IDS submissions within the U.S. patent system.
Filing and prosecuting patents in the United States can be a costly endeavour, particularly when Requests for Continued Examination (RCEs) become necessary. An RCE prolongs the examination process and increases expenses for patent applicants. One effective strategy to reduce RCE costs is to optimize the filing of Information Disclosure Statements (IDS).