The most treasured assets for many entrepreneurs and inventors are intellectual properties (IP). But, without the right protections, these assets that give businesses a competitive advantage could be copied, massed produced by others, or otherwise exploited. Our San Diego patent attorney with Bold IP can help you safeguard your IP by creating a comprehensive IP strategy, such as utilizing patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, so you could retain your competitive edge.
Patent Law Overview
Patents are one way to safeguard your IP. It gives you a government-approved right or title for a set period, specifically the sole right to preclude others from making, using, selling or importing your innovative products and processes. In the U.S., the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) grants patents for novel, useful and non-obvious inventions for a period of twenty years from the date of filing of either the patent application or an earlier related application.
There are three types of patents we use:
- Utility patents – safeguard your invention’s functional features (how it works);
- Design patents – safeguard your invention’s ornamental, or non-functional, features (how it appears); and,
- Plant patents – safeguard your invention or discovery of a new variation or type of plant that you asexually reproduced.
Initial Patent Consultations
Our patent attorneys at Bold IP believe that initial consultations build positive, long-term relationships because you learn of a patent law firm’s approach and culture. During our free initial consultation, our San Diego patent attorney will focus on your present invention as well as your overall business strategies and objectives. With this information, we can then form a personalized IP strategy and solution to meet your long-term goals.
Before you file your patent application, it is imperative to conduct a thorough patent search. This search could reveal whether there are other similar patents, art or other challenges that could otherwise delay or cause the denial of your application. If the patent search reveals the existence of a similar patent, you have the opportunity to improve or redesign your invention so that it is non-obvious to the existing patent.
You must completely understand your invention before conducting the time-consuming patent search. These searches require a scrutinized review of the patent databases, scientific and technical literature, and other prior inventions and art. Our highly qualified San Diego patent attorney can perform a meticulous patent search, help you understand the likely success of your patent application, and recommend ways to increase your chances of success.
Provisional Patent Applications
Provisional patent applications (PPA) are frequently filed before the nonprovisional, or final, patent applications. PPA is advantageous because:
- You can designate your invention as “patent pending,” and
- You can preserve the earlier priority date (when the PPA was filed) but only if you file the nonprovisional patent application within one year of the PPA.
Nonprovisional Patent Applications
The final goal is to obtain a nonprovisional patent. You must adhere to the application’s stringent requirements to succeed, such as:
- Precisely articulate what your application covers
- Provide detailed technical data, including drawings
Your nonprovisional patent application could be delayed or denied if it is vague or over broad. Our thorough San Diego patent attorney will collaborate with you to make sure your patent application is well written and meets the USPTO’s strict requirements.
The USPTO reviews your application’s claims and validity during the process known as “patent prosecution.” USPTO may request you make amendments to your application, especially if it is vague or broad. Our highly skilled patent attorneys will work with you throughout the amendment and, if necessary, appeal processes.
Foreign Patent Rights
U.S. patents protect your IP only in the United States. Contingent on the scope of your business, you may desire to seek international patents. We can provide you with information regarding the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) – an international patent law treaty providing unified procedures to file patent applications in each of its contracting states. We will refer you to an experienced co-counsel to aid you throughout the PCT application process.
Consult an Accomplished San Diego Patent Attorney
A knowledgeable San Diego patent attorney with Bold IP – specializing in health care, aerospace, and software issues – can assist you in preparing and implementing comprehensive and personalized IP strategies and solutions to safeguard your IP and business interests. Our objective is to decrease any stress or anxiety levels associated with safeguarding your inventions and competitive edge by helping you seamlessly navigate the application process for a patent. For additional information or a free consultation, call our seasoned San Diego patent attorney with Bold IP at 800-849-1913.
The Bold IP Attorney of San Diego
Patent Attorney and Founder
John Ahn-Patent Attorney
Bold IP is an agile law firm whose main focus is to help inventors, entrepreneurs and business owners with their Intellectual Property. Bold IP focuses on patent law. For many inventors and emerging businesses, protecting patents is a big deal and often causes a lot of stress and anxiety. Our goal at Bold IP is to take the stress and worry off your shoulders and put it squarely on ours!