As part of our Patents practice, we provide patent protection services.
Patents can be a central component of an intellectual property (IP) portfolio. Once issued, a patent can exclude another from engaging in certain activities that would compete with the patent holder. Therefore, seeking to protect an invention through patent registration, clients can develop and maintain a competitive position in the marketplace. We provide patent protection & counseling at all stages of patent prosecution.
Patent Protection & Counseling: Patent Prosecution
Effective patent protection & counseling can allow the patent holder to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing the patented invention. Protection of patent rights can also extend internationally. We offer patent counseling for both domestic and international protection and work with our foreign associates to register worldwide rights. Our patent prosecution practice covers all types of patents (domestic as well as international):
Provisional – Provisional patent applications can be filed for strategic reasons. For example, prior to business negotiations as either leverage or protection. A provisional patent also gives you time to consider whether to file an application for registration.
Non-provisional Utility – Nonprovisional applications are filed for registration of a patent.
Design Patents – Designs protect the appearance as well as the aesthetic features of a product.
Plant Patent – Plant patents cover living organism plants.
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Patent
We recognize that patent registration can get costly depending on the scope as well as number of claims desired. In addition, the amount of Office Actions taken by the patent examiner can increase patent prosecution expense. We work with clients to minimize unnecessary costs and obtain the broadest patent protection possible while keeping within business budgets. See Patent Cost and Pricing Options for more information.
Other Forms of Patent Protection
Protection can be achieved through numerous means. For example, protection can be in the form of:
Patentability and Infringement Opinions
Patent Portfolio Management
IP Diligence Reviews
Prior Art and Clearance Searches
Competitive Intelligence Reviews
Evaluation of Ownership and Assignment Issues
In-house Patent Policy Reviews
Other Related Patent Services
Our patent lawyers have comprehensive experience in intellectual property as well as in business law. This gives us unique experience to handle a variety of patent related matters and issues including:
Enforcement of Patent and IP Rights
Business Planning for Patent Strategies
Inter Partes Reviews
Post Grant Review
Patent Agreements and Indemnification