In-house training programs:
7 Core Concepts: Fundamentals for patent protection
This is the first step for all training programs and forms the knowledge base under which all other decisions are made. Presentation time is 1 hour. Q and A will typically be another 10-30 minutes depending on the crowd.
DIY Patent Search
In this training program, I teach your engineers and sales team the process of conducting a patent search. It isn’t simply a text based keyword search. Rather, it involves understanding how the patent office classifies or places the patents and published patent applications into categories. This is how the pros do it.
IP strategy and counseling
Development of an intellectual property strategy depends on numerous factors. E.g., state of the industry, trends in the industry, general and specific economic conditions, personnel, available intellectual property rights. There is no one size fits all strategy. However, a basic format for discussing the issues is available. The basic format includes a discussion of how your company is:
1. Identifying IP
2. Procuring IP
3. Exploiting IP
This basic format will help us to discuss the major issues involved in developing an IP strategy. Also, there are common pitfalls that companies consistently fall into. Part of developing an IP strategy is avoiding these common pitfalls. The ability to listen to the client, probe the client’s situation and provide sound recommendation is crucial to formulating an IP strategy. This is accomplished at the initial consultation.
We zealously represent the client before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in all stages of patent prosecution. Before we file your patent application, we conduct an initial consultation where we spot check issues to make sure that preparing and filing your patent application is a smart decision for you in your situation. We also provide you with a general outline of the patent process so that you know what to expect in the future. After filing your patent application, we guide you through the process of responding to the USPTO, issuance and continuation practice. Our goal is to provide you options with the pros and cons of each option while providing you with general guidelines and our recommendation based on our discussion. The decision is always your each step along the way.
After your patent is granted or your trademark registered, you can enforce your intellectual property rights against competitors. During an initial consultation, we discuss and implement a strategy based on the strength of your case, your financial strength, business goals, and other factors.
The choice may include actively policing the marketplace or reactively responding to competitors that enter your market space.
You’ve been served. This is not a pleasant experience for anyone since litigation is not the preferred route for most defendants. However, sometimes, it is necessary to go through the process.
Beginning from the cease and desist letter, we guide clients through the process of resolving the dispute. Based on your desired outcome and our assessment of the situation, we provide an even handed approach to litigation.
Your product name and business name are important intellectual property assets of your company. We guide you through the trademark process of:
1. Conducting a trademark search.
2. Filing your trademark application.
Domain names are also discussed since it is sometimes more important to register the domain name before clearing a trademark for adoption and use.
Software, books, artwork, sculpture are but a few types of products can be protected with a copyright.
Virtually every business and start up has a trade secret. Upon conception of an idea, inventors know that they should keep their idea secret because of its value. Unfortunately, most businesses don't actively protect their trade secrets. They take more of a reactive approach, and are not proactive.
When someone else is cybersquatting on a domain name incorporating your trademark, call us to discuss how we can file a quick arbitration based on the uniform dispute resolution policy that all domain name registrants agree to when registering a domain name.The process is quick and quite effective when you have a good case. Call us now for an estimate.
Now that you've procured your intellectual property, you may be interested in licensing your technology to others in your competitive field. If your patent is broad enough, you could also seek a royalty to businesses in other fields outside of your business market
Worldwide IP Procurement
Our practice incorporates prosecution of intellectual property rights. Over the course of 25 years, the firm has built relationships with other intellectual property firms around the world to help you acquire intellectual property in foreign markets when needed.