Patent Law Attorneys

What is a Patent?

A patent is simply this - its legal protection for your idea that allows you to profit from your idea for years to come. And it gives you the legal right to stop others from "borrowing" your idea unless they:

  • Obtain your permission first, then;
  • buy the patent from you, and
  • pay a yearly licensing fee - or - a royalty payment based on sales

By utilizing our nations Patent Laws, you are documenting ownership of your idea and backing-it up with some of the strongest business protection laws in existence.

Are you looking for a Free, Confidential, No Obligation evaluation on whether your idea is patentable?

Then submit your idea now for a free evaluation.  Both Glenn and I are Registered Patent Attorneys and specifically licensed to practice before the U.S Patent and Trademark Office.  We will review your idea and then forward an information packet outlining the steps involved in obtaining protection for a new or improved product or process....and provide a fixed-fee estimate of fees and costs that you might incur should you decide to move forward and turn your dream into reality.

It's really no secret that maintaining a competitive edge in today’s “idea economy” demands that you guard your intellectual property rights by taking advantage of our US patent laws. Because the real value of most businesses, big and small, isn't the value of the real estate they own. Nor is it the value in their equipment, manufacturing facilities or other physical property they own.

In today's economy, the most valuable assets that many companies may own are knowledge-based assets such as proprietary know-how and how the creative ways these "ideas" are applied to their existing business....or even a new business.

You see, the first company to capitalize on a new idea or innovation usually has a huge advantage in putting manufacturing, marketing, and distribution channels in place. But, these advantages are typically only a temporary barrier.

Because when one business begins to implement a successful idea, other businesses find out about it very quickly and move immediately to try and mimic or copy the idea.

That's when a patent goes to work. It establishes strong and effective monopoly rights for your business by setting legal barriers that prevent the competition from copying your idea. Without adequate patent protection, it'd just a matter of time before existing competitors and even new ones, enter your market and steal your idea. Ultimately, it results in these other companies taking money out of your pocket.

When you're granted a US Patent, it becomes a business assets that can increase your profit margins, your market share, and contribute to broader name recognition for your business and its product lines. And in a crowded technical field, it's not at all unusual for a business to protect improvements for an existing device with a broad array of patents.

These multiple patents are very often used as leverage during negotiations between business rivals and often lead to licensing arrangements between the parties.

In its simplest form, a patent is your monopoly - a monopoly granted by the United States Government to an inventor to let that inventor monetize his or her creativity.

Patents Are Essential Assets

When looking at patents, it's important to remember that there are different types of US patents available in the United States.  They are:

  • Utility Patents
  • Design Patents
  • Plant Patents

A utility patent protects the function of an invention and will protect you for 20 years from the date you filed the patent.

Design patents, on the other hand, only protect the overall appearance of an invention and have a term of 14 years from the date your patent was issued.

And a plant patent is one where an inventor has produced a plant "asexually", meaning without seeds.  Plant patents will also provide you protection for 20 years from the date of filing.

When filing a patent, and inventor must meet certain deadlines so that they do not lose their patent rights.

One of the most important deadlines is that an inventor must file a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office within 12 months of the date on which the invention was offered for sale or made public.

If the inventor fails to do so, they will lose all their patent rights.  So, inventors and entrepreneurs should be very careful in revealing an idea, innovation or business method to another business entity such as a manufacturer or venture capitalist.

When looking at the terms “offer for sale” and “public disclosure” keep in mind they are interpreted very broadly. In fact, in many foreign countries, your patent rights disappear once a public disclosure or offer to sell an invention or idea is made.

Bottom should always consult with a Patent Law Attorney before you "reveal" your invention.

Both Glenn and I have dedicated our practice exclusively to securing and preserving the intellectual property rights of our clients.  And as Registered Patent Attorneys our primary focus is providing strong legal barriers to your competition or other entities looking to take your idea.

If you have a couple of minutes and would like to discuss your particular situation, go ahead and use the contact form located on this page, or call us directly at 1-866-433-2288.

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