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The Inventor's Guide To Patents

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A San Francisco patent attorney can help you protect your valuable intellectual property and achieve your long-term business objectives. In our increasingly competitive and global economy, patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secret protections are a vital part of your business strategy. We help our clients understand and protect their IP rights and help them build a strong foundation for their entrepreneurial success.

The Basics of Patent Law

Whether you manufacture goods, create software, or breed new plant varieties, patents are a vital part of your IP strategy. Once an invention is patented, others cannot make, use, sell, or import it into the U.S. for twenty years. Typically, obtaining a patent is a time-intensive process involving a detailed technical and legal analysis.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) evaluates and issues American patents. However, the USPTO does not enforce a patent holder’s IP rights. Instead, patent holders must assert their rights against the infringing party– typically through legal action.

Pre-Application Planning and Consultation

An initial consultation with a San Francisco patent attorney is the first step towards protecting your intellectual property. During this consultation, you should discuss a variety of issues, including:

  • Your current invention’s purpose and technical specifications,
  • The invention disclosure and patent application process,
  • Your short and long-term business goals, and
  • Possible solutions for your IP needs.

Our kickoff meetings are the foundation of a long-term and beneficial relationship. We will work with you to craft your personalized IP strategy.

Patentability Searches and Opinions

You should never apply for a patent before performing a thorough patentability search. While you can perform a basic patent search yourself, this search may be inadequate. Too frequently, we meet with clients who failed to uncover existing patents, prior art, and other issues– and now face unnecessary delays and USPTO appeals.

Once your San Francisco patent attorney understands your invention and objectives, he or she will perform a thorough review of patent databases, technical and scientific literature, and other prior art. Based on this review, we will issue a report discussing your patent application’s likelihood of success and suggestions on how to proceed with your patent application.

Provisional Patent Applications

Many inventors and entrepreneurs file a provisional patent application (PPA)  before filing their nonprovisional (or final) patent application. A PPA is a relatively simple and inexpensive means to preserve an earlier priority date for your invention. (A PPA also allows you to designate your invention as “patent pending.”) Sometimes, entrepreneurs file a PPA while they assess their invention’s commercial viability and obtain funding. A San Francisco patent attorney can help you determine whether a PPA is in your best interest.

Nonprovisional Patent Applications

A nonprovisional patent awards you full intellectual property rights to your invention. However, the application process has strict requirements. Your patent application must clearly state what your application covers, provide detailed technical data (including necessary drawings), and other important information. An overly broad or vague application may result in unnecessary delays and a USPTO denial. We co-draft patent applications with our clients, ensuring they meet the USPTO’s rigorous criteria and are technically accurate.

Patent Prosecution

Once your application is filed, the USPTO will review its claims and validity. This process is commonly called “patent prosecution.” Sometimes, the USPTO will request amendments (especially if your patent application is very broad). A San Francisco patent attorney will help you understand the USPTO’s concerns, respond with appropriate amendments, and help you with any necessary discussions or appeals.

Foreign Patent Rights

In addition to protecting your U.S. patent rights, you may benefit from a patent cooperation treaty application. Or, if you want to file patents in specific countries, we can educate you about the general application process and connect you with skilled, international co-counsel.

Work With a San Francisco Patent Attorney

Without a San Francisco patent attorney, the process of preparing and filing a patent application can feel overwhelming. At Bold IP, we provide our clients with agile and comprehensive intellectual property services. We specialize in aerospace, health care, and software issues. Contact us for a free consultation today.

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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!

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