I am a solo entrepreneur. After twenty plus years in industry, I decided to take the risk and start my own business using my own capital. In the parlance of the law I am considered, almost affectionately, a micro-entity.
I knew I needed intellectual property protection and one of the first things I did was file for a trademark application. With my micro-entity status, I successfully prosecuted my own trademark application, without objection from the examiner. I also wanted to protect my underlying business process, and I assumed that my experience going through the patent prosecution process would go just as smoothly. I have come to learn otherwise.
As a micro-entity, getting my invention patented has proven to be a long and difficult road. With no political connections and very limited resources, it is painfully obvious that this system of multiple office actions, RCEs, and then perhaps appeals to PTAB and the Federal Circuit, was not designed for solo entrepreneurs. The complexity of the system put me at a particular disadvantage to the larger corporations who are clearly benefiting from my, now published, patent application.