Patents

The firm enjoys a premier reputation and well-established practice in all areas of patent law, including the preparation and prosecution of applications for patents, post issuance proceedings, patent licensing, and patent infringement litigation at both the trial court and appellate levels.

 

A Top Patent Law Firm

Our patent practice group is made up of experienced and dedicated attorneys and patent agents who are exceptional communicators with an in-depth understanding of U.S. and international Patent Office procedures. We have extraordinary depth and expertise in a broad range of technologies. All of our patent attorneys and patent agents have degrees in engineering or science, and many have real-world experience in the fields of engineering and computer science.

In nationwide surveys of patent quality, we are consistently ranked at the top in the following technology areas:

  • Computer software
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Medical
  • Chemical
 

Types of Patents

The firm handles various types of patents, including provisional, non-provisional, utility, design, and Hague Convention. We file domestically and with the Receiving Office of the Patent and Trademark Office. We also initiate and supervise foreign filings.

 

Patent Services

Our patent services include:

  • Drafting or filing U.S. and international patent applications
  • Responding to Office Actions
  • Filing for reissue
  • Filing ex parte reexaminations
  • Appealing cases to the Patent Trial and Appeals Board
  • Post-Grant Reviews
  • Covered Business Method Reviews
  • Inter Parte Reviews
 

Experience and Technical Expertise

Our thorough understanding of technology allows us to readily understand inventions and prepare patents which include the relevant technical details clearly and succinctly.

 

Patent Strategy

Our extensive understanding of technology is paired with our eagerness to understand the businesses of our clients. By understanding how each idea fits into a client’s business strategy, we play a significant role in the creation of a cohesive and strong patent strategy. Once a strategy is in place, we can assist in targeting spending, encouraging innovation, and maintaining a patent program that will produce optimal results.

 

Acting as Patent Counsel

We can provide full time IP services for our clients. Alternatively, we can supplement and enhance in-house IP counsel. Our attorneys can even work regularly at a client site to assist with IP matters.

 

Patent Opinions and Searches

The firm conducts patent-related searches such as the following:

  • Broad searches to explore the state of the art in a particular field as part of freedom to operate and right to practice investigations.
  • Patentability searches to determine the likelihood of obtaining a patent on a particular invention.
  • Infringement searches to determine whether the claims of any patent might be infringed by the manufacture, use, or sale of a client’s product.
  • Validity searches to uncover prior art patents that might be cited to support an argument that a particular patent is invalid.

The results of the above-described searches are analyzed and opinions are then rendered. Such searches can be domestic and international in scope, and usually include searches for pertinent literature in the field, as well as patents.

 

Post Grant Proceedings

The firm is well positioned to handle the range of post grant proceedings including post grant review, inter parte review (IPR), covered business method patent review, ex parte reexamination, reissue, and supplemental examination.

 

Portfolio Analysis and Due Diligence

The firm has the expertise to review and evaluate a patent portfolio. Portfolio analysis may be done as part of a due diligence process if a client is acquiring a technology-based company. Portfolio analysis can include the evaluation of patents, the research of records at the USPTO to confirm a clear chain of title, and the conducting of prior art searches to verify validity.

 

International Practice

IP law is now more international in scope. The firm has long-established relationships with foreign patent firms. These foreign associates assist in the international filings of patent applications.

Applications for foreign patents are filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, as well as directly in numerous nations and regions abroad. We have a large foreign clientele on whose behalf we file applications for United States patents claiming inventions made in other countries.

Let’s discuss your IP needs

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