Patent Law Firms
KWD: 13/462 = 2.81%
Patent Law Firms
Patent law firms provide clients with highly specialized support in all areas of patent law, including the application work and preparation for patents, patent licensing and patent infringement litigation (at both the trial court and appellate levels). Patent law firms are skilled and experienced in the procedures of the U.S. Patent. Patent law firms devote a majority of their practice to patent law. Practicing attorneys of patent law firms are skilled and experienced in the areas of patent application work, litigation, and counseling services. Patent law firms promote the advantages realized by clients for patent application work, litigation, and counseling services.
Patent law firms procurement of patent begins with inventor describing his invention. Patent law firms evaluate the utility, novelty and obviousness of the invention, and based on that evaluation, advises the client as to whether a patent application should be filed on the invention.
If the decision is to apply for a patent, the patent law firm drafts a patent application for filing in the USPTO. After the application has been filed in the USPTO, it is assigned to a patent examiner, and the issues surrounding patentability are defined. The patent law firms seek to obtain favorable final action for the applicant. If the patent law firms succeeds, a patent issues on the application, conferring on the patent owner the right to exclude others from making, using and selling the invention in the U.S. for a term which is normally twenty years for the date of filing of the patent application, unless extended under certain exceptional circumstances. On the other hand, if the examiner decides that the invention is not patentable, the applicant, with the lawyer’s assistance, may appeal the decision to the USPTO’s Board of Appeals. If the Board’s decision is unfavorable, a further appeal may be taken to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Patent law firms are especially valuable in court. Throughout the trial and discovery phases, knowledge of technology and of the patent law is obviously important. Only someone who understands the technology should be entrusted with evaluating technical documents and interrogating technically trained witnesses. Moreover, unless the attorney understands the subtleties of patent law, he or she may not grasp the significance of the documents and testimony being obtained. At trial, the attorney’s training can become critical. In the eyes of the jury, the decisive event in the trial of a patent case is often the cross examination of the inventor or expert witness.
Most patent law firms have relationships with foreign patent law firms throughout the world. These foreign associates assist in the international filings of patent applications on behalf of their clients including national stages for applications filed under the Patent Cooperative Treaty, as well as direct filings.