The preparation of an application for patent and the conducting of the proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office to obtain the patent is an undertaking requiring the knowledge of patent law and rules and Office practice and procedures, as well as knowledge of the scientific or technical matters involved in the particular invention.
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We are a full-service patent law firm providing due diligence & patentability searches, preparation and prosecution of patent applications, enforcing and defending patent infringement actions, and maintenance of our clients’ patent and IP portfolios.
Our background makes us particularly adept at writing patent applications that accurately capture an invention’s novel features while maintaining the broadest amount of protection possible. Our mission is to help you chart an effective and realistic path to obtaining an enforceable patent.
Whether helping our clients to assert their patent and IP rights against infringers or to defending against claims of patent infringement, we are here to assist. Our experience can help you determine an appropriate strategy for your patent litigation matters.
What is a patent?
A patent is a property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor “to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States” for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Utility patents provide protection for a new, non-obvious, and useful:
- Article of manufacture
- Composition of matter
- Improvement of any of the above
In addition to utility patents, encompassing one of the categories above, patent protection is available for (1) ornamental design of an article of manufacture or (2) asexually reproduced plant varieties by design and plant patents.
Inventors may prepare their own patent applications and prosecute the application on their own. However, the majority of patent applications filed by prose applicants go abandoned and the majority of the patents obtained by prose applicants fail to adequately protect the particular inventions being covered. Therefore, it is in your best interest to hire a patent attorney to ensure your patent application is prepared and prosecuted correctly.
A search of all previous publications and U.S. and foreign published patent applications and issued patents should be conducted to determine if your invention has ever previously been publicly disclosed. A prior publication or patent could prevent you from obtaining a patent or pose an infringement issue. A good patent search will determine if a patent is obtainable and will be broad enough to be enforceable, thereby allowing you to make an educated decision regarding investing your time and money into the invention.
No. However, it is important that you do not tell anyone else about your invention prior to applying for a patent without then first signing an NDA. A public disclosure of your invention prior to filing a patent application can invalidate a later issued patent in many instances.
There are several options available to inventors including filing directly in foreign countries within one year of filing your U.S. patent application or deferring the one year deadline by filing a patent application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Deadlines and filing requirements vary from country to country, so it is important to understand your foreign patent rights as early as possible so you can plan and budget for foreign filings.
The practice of sending a copy of your invention to yourself is sometimes called a “poor man’s patent.” There is no provision in the patent law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a substitute for applying for a patent.
You should immediately contact a patent attorney. Most states have individual laws setting forth strict requirements regarding patent cease and desist letters. Failure to meet those requirements prior to contacting an infringer could expose you to financial liability.
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