A patent is not simply a form your patent attorney fills out for you. It is a complex document detailing the scope of your invention. Too broad and the United States Patent and Trademark Office will not grant you a patent. Too narrow and your competitors can simply make a few changes to avoid the patent. Getting the mix just right is why patent attorneys with years of experience, like myself, can spend ten hours or more on a single sentence in the application.
The worst part is that it is difficult for most inventors to determine if the patent application is good or bad. Luckily, Phosita has posted a great video to help inventors determine if they are getting a good patent. Patent Attorney Katherine White guides you through each the step of reviewing your patent application. This is a must see for both new and seasoned inventors alike.