To those who dabble in patent law only occasionally, doing so can feel as disorienting as walking into a wild jungle.  And with good reason—patent law’s unique terminology makes it ripe with opportunities for miscommunication between inventors, business leaders, corporate counsel, and the patent attorneys who serve them.  Keep this simple infographic handy to increase your chances of staying oriented as we break down easily misunderstood words and phrases like provisional, patentable, and prior art.

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By Kyle N. Siegal of Lewis Roca Rothgerber