Patents2019-02-06T16:09:02-04:00

YOUR PATENT JEDI

You’ve worked day and night to create something you believe is unlike anything else. Creating a sound IP business plan and strategy early on is one of the smartest moves you can make as a startup. Not only does it help protect your ideas and inventions, it gives potential investors the peace of mind they need to approve the funding you need.  

But if you’re like many of my clients, you may have limited capital. You don’t need a huge law firm that’ll drain your already-limited resources.

You need an experienced patent attorney who…

  • Can work within your budget and develop a cost-effective IP strategy, so you can continue hiring and innovating, without draining your bank account

  • Has a background in complex electrical engineering technologies and speaks your language
  • Can help you determine whether your idea is patent-worthy within a few hours
  • Takes a holistic look at your business and your goals and can help you plot out a five-year intellectual property plan with your budget in mind
  • Understands how to help you avoid common pitfalls that can lead to loss of rights, or a “useless” patent that’s full of defects and difficult or impossible to enforce.

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PATENTS, DECODED

What is a patent?2018-12-14T17:01:22-04:00

A legal certificate that gives you the right to protect your invention for up to 20 years. That means no one else can make, use, sell, offer to sell, or import your invention.

What can be patented?2018-12-14T17:01:26-04:00

Products, services, processes, methods, and uses.

What can’t be patented?2018-12-14T17:01:32-04:00

Genius ideas you dreamt up last night but haven’t set into motion … like a teleporter.

What makes an idea patentable?2018-12-14T17:01:36-04:00

It must be new and “not obvious” and solve a technical problem.

What kinds of patents are there?2018-12-14T17:01:41-04:00
  • Utility patents — This is what most of us think of when we imagine the word “patent.” It’s an in-depth technical document that protects the functional features of an invention, detailing exactly how your invention works so others can’t replicate it. They include drawings, a detailed description, and claims as to what makes it unique.
  • Provisional patents — A provisional patent gives inventors 12 months to decide whether and how to file a utility patent.
  • Plant patents — A plant patent protect new kinds of plants produced by traditional horticulture.
  • Design patents — This protects the nonfunctional or aesthetic features of an invention (think the iconic shape of a soda bottle or the unmistakable sleek, white silhouette of a certain tech giant’s products). It’s all about the appearance.
What are the benefits of getting a patent?2019-01-11T13:22:37-04:00

Not only can a worthwhile patent enhance your brand image and add value to your business, it can help you fend off competitors, attract investors, and negotiate financing. You can also license or sell your patent in the future (and get royalties).

How much will it cost?2019-01-11T13:28:50-04:00

The cost can vary widely depending on the complexity of your technology. In general, the application could cost anywhere between $6,000 and $12,000. Once your application moves into the examination or prosecution phase, the cost would mirror the application fee.

So your total cost from start to finish could be anywhere between $12,000 and $24,000.

Sometime it costs less. Sometimes it costs more. I can give you a much more accurate estimate after an initial complimentary consultation.

How long does it take?2019-01-11T13:22:53-04:00

Once you’ve filed your patent application, it will be reviewed by the USPTO within 1-3 years, typically. For a higher fee, you can hyper-speed this process and have it reviewed within 4-6 months.

Once the review process begins, the examination process ensues. This is where having an attorney is even more beneficial. During this negotiation phase (known in the legal world as “prosecution”), I’ll work tirelessly to make a case for your technology. Because here’s a not-so-fun fact: A very high percentage of utility patent applications are rejected or objected on the first round. My job is to get back up and keep throwing legally strategic punches on your behalf.

Why do I need an attorney to help me file a patent application?2019-01-11T13:23:00-04:00

Aside from the complex legal jargon and tedious paperwork, the right attorney won’t just help you file a flawless patent application. They’ll make sure your invention is patent-worthy to begin with and work with you and/or your entire team to develop a patent strategy that works within your budget and business goals. And as I mentioned above, filing your application is just the beginning. You’ll need an experienced Patent Jedi in your corner come prosecution time.

The Patent Process

What to expect when working with me

The patent preparation process begins with an invention disclosure. This means you write down the details of your invention, including how it works and what makes it original and non-obvious. Your document can be as long as a paragraph or as detailed as a manuscript prepared for publication. I have a standard invention disclosure form that many of my clients choose to use.

Typically, we’ll have a more thorough invention disclosure session by telephone or in a face-to-face meeting.

Before I can recommend the right patent strategy, I’ll need to understand your business goals. Do you plan to license the patent rights, sell your product, or both? Once I understand your long-term goals, I can make strategic recommendations to help maximize your resources and your time.

While you continue running your business, I’ll cross every T and dot every I on your patent application. I’ll make sure your description is detailed enough to be a strong contender among thousands of patent applications. Once your application is filed, your product or process is now considered “patent pending,” and you can start marketing your idea.

*Once we’ve filed your patent application, it will be reviewed by the USPTO within 1-3 years, typically. For a higher fee, you can warp-speed this process and have it reviewed within 4-6 months.

International IP Protection

If you need to take your IP business plan or strategy international, I’ll collaborate with foreign firms to make sure your patents, copyrights, trademarks, and domain names are legally protected anywhere and everywhere.

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