The core assets of many entrepreneurs and inventors’ businesses are intellectual properties (IP). However, your competitive advantage could be compromised if trademarks, patents, and copyrights are not put in place. By creating a comprehensive IP strategy, a New York patent attorney at Bold IP can help you protect your IP, giving you the freedom to concentrate on attaining your long-term business goals.
Patent Law Overview
To maintain the technological edge over your competitors and copycats, it is imperative that you safeguard your IP. Patents can provide protection by giving you the exclusive right to preclude others from making, using, selling or importing your innovative products and processes into the U.S. This is for the life of the patent, which in the U.S. is about twenty years.
We use three different types of patents:
- Utility patents safeguard the functional features of your invention (how it works).
- Design patents safeguard the ornamental, or non-functional, features of your invention (how it appears).
- Plant patents prevent your competitors from using your invention or discovery of a new variation or type of plant that you asexually reproduced.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) review and evaluate patent applications. If all criteria are met, the USPTO will approve and issue the patent. The time-intensive process of receiving a patent necessitates meticulous technical and legal analyses.
Initial Patent Consultations
Before retaining a New York patent attorney, it is essential that you understand the patent law firm’s approach and culture. At Bold IP we believe that the foundation for a positive, long-term relationship is set by honest and informative initial consultations. At this consultation, we will concentrate on your current invention as well as your overall business strategies and goals. Equipped with this information, we can develop personalized IP strategies and solutions to meet your long-term goals.
Before filing your patent application, a thorough patent search is crucial to ensure that there are no patents, challenges, or other prior art that could cause a delay or denial of your application. The purpose of patent searches is to verify that your invention is non-obvious, novel and useful. If the patent search reveals that a similar patent exists, then you have the opportunity to improve or redesign your invention in a manner that is non-obvious to the prior patent.
Patent searches are time-consuming, requiring a detailed review of patent databases, technical and scientific literatures, and other prior inventions and art. Additionally, you must fully understand your invention before conducting the patent search. A meticulous New York patent attorney can perform a diligent patent search, help you understand your patent application’s likely success, and recommend approaches to increase your chances of approval.
Provisional Patent Applications
A provisional patent application (PPA) is often filed before a nonprovisional patent application. The PPA is beneficial because it:
- Allows you to designate your invention as “patent pending,” and
- Preserves the earlier priority date as long as you file the nonprovisional patent application within a year of the PPA.
Our New York patent attorney can help you determine if filing a PPA will be favorable.
Nonprovisional Patent Applications
Attaining a nonprovisional, or final, patent is the ultimate goal. To succeed in this, you must adhere to the patent application’s strict requirements, such as:
- Clearly articulate what your application covers
- Provide comprehensive technical data, including, if needed, drawings
A vague or overly broad application could be delayed or worse, denied. Our New York patent attorney will work with you to ensure your patent application meets the USPTO’s rigorous requirements and is well drafted.
“Patent prosecution” is the process whereby the USPTO reviews your application’s claims and validity. Frequently, the USPTO will request that you make amendments to your application, especially if it is vague or broad. Our seasoned patent attorneys will work with you throughout the amendment and, if needed, the appeals processes.
Foreign Patent Rights
U.S. patents only safeguard your IP in the United States. Depending on your business’s scope, you may desire to obtain international patents. We can educate you on the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which is an international patent law treaty that provides unified procedures to file patent applications in each of its contracting states. We will refer you to an experienced co-counsel to assist you with the PCT application process.
Consult an Accomplished New York Patent Attorney
A knowledgeable New York patent attorney with Bold IP can help you develop and implement a personalized IP strategy to safeguard your inventions and business interests. We can provide you with comprehensive IP solutions. Our goal is to reduce any anxiety or stress levels associated with protecting your inventions and competitive edge by helping you seamlessly navigate the patent application process. We specialize in health care, aerospace, and software issues. For a free consultation or more information, contact Bold IP at 800-849-1913.
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