Simplified Patent Process Flowchart

Since clients frequently want to know the process of getting a patent, we have made a simplified flowchart of the basic steps. 
To be clear, this simple flowchart does NOT purport to cover every possible scenario; there are other possible complexities, and an application can have several “final” office actions. It should only serve as a general idea of the basic process for obtaining a US patent. PCT and other foreign patents are different.