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Patent Prosecution

Patents provide indispensable strategic protections for innovative businesses and inventors. In addition to being accomplished legal practitioners, our patent attorneys each have degrees in various technical fields, including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemistry, microbiology, and neurobiology. Many have substantial legal industry experience as well making our patent prosecution team highly dynamic and cross-functional, meaning we will always find the right person to meet our clients’ specific intellectual property needs.

Our patent prosecution services include preparing, filing, and prosecuting:

  • U.S. patent applications
  • International and foreign patent applications
  • Domestic patent applications for foreign clients
  • Provisional and non-provisional applications
  • Continuation and continuation-in-part patent applications
  • Divisional patent applications
  • Utility patents
  • Design patents
  • Plant patents

Patents grant property rights on new and useful inventions, allowing the patent holder to prevent others from using, making, or selling that invention without permission for a limited time. U.S. patents are permitted by the U.S. Constitution and are designed to promote scientific progress and invention. By allowing inventors to profit from licensing or selling their patent rights, inventors can recoup their research and development costs and benefit financially for their inventing efforts.

There are three types of patents:

Utility Patents

Utility patents are the most common and protect certain processes, machines, articles of manufacture, compositions of matter, or any new and useful improvements thereof. Utility patents must be novel, nonobvious, and useful.

Design Patents

Design patents protect strictly ornamental designs for articles of manufacture such as the shape and design of a light fixture or, for example, one of the most well-known design patents protects the design of emojis.

Plant Patents

Plant patents vigorously protect new varieties of asexually reproduced plants, which are produced via methods other than the planted seed.

Utility and plant patents can last up to 20 years, while design patents can last up to 14 years. When a patent expires, the patented material enters the public domain, making it free to use by anyone without a license. U.S. patents are issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).