Project Management is the ability to predict cost and schedule overruns well in advance.
Once a patent application is filed, the patent project is far from complete. Patent project management now includes monitoring the process of the patent application as it makes its way through the Patent Office system. The budget, especially, must be periodically reviewed.
Usually, within two to three years after filing the patent application, a Patent Office Examiner will review the application (especially the claims), conduct a search, and almost always reject the claims. Your patent attorney will then respond to this rejection. This process is called “prosecution.”