A patent covers an invention and represents the grant of a set of exclusive property rights to the patentee-inventor. Patents are issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), or by a similar agency in a foreign country, for a fixed period of time in exchange for the public disclosure of details of the invention. A U.S. “utility” patent lasts for 20 years from the date of filing.
Patent “prosecution” is the process of drafting and filing a patent application, and then negotiating with the Patent Office examiner for a set of “claims” that describe the invention which are suitable for allowance in an issued patent.
The firm provides a range of patent services for clients, including prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications. Our attorneys have technical degrees in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and manufacturing engineering. A number of our attorneys have previous experience as scientists and engineers in the industrial, academic, and government sectors. This range of technical training and hands-on experience permits our attorneys to handle the technical issues encountered in intellectual property matters and patent prosecution.