Protect your ideas and inventions.
In general, utility patents protect “inventions” – novel devices or methods that achieve a tangible or transformative result – by allowing the owner to exclude others from practicing the invention. By excluding others, the owner (or the owner’s licensee) can retain its competitive advantage. Examples of patented inventions include the vacuum cleaner, the game of Monopoly, the systems and methods that enable text messaging. Design patents protect the ornamental design of an item and can be used for jewelry design, clothing design, and the overall look of various products. Utility patents last for 20 years, but only if maintenance fees are paid regularly. Good patent research and analysis is essential to avoid wasting resources on unprotectible features.
The key to building a valuable patent portfolio without wasting resources is planning. A smart IP plan protects what is valuable, not just whatever can be protected. If your intellectual property advisors are not asking about your business – past, present and future – then you are not getting solutions tailored to your needs. We start with identifying the protection you need for your business. Once we have quantified the value of that protection, we’ll come up with a budget that makes sense. Then we look at how we can put your protection in place within your budget, using patents, trademarks, copyrights and contracts. Because we believe that smart IP strategies should be focused on the needs of your business, not the needs of your law firm.
We help clients investigate, obtain and enforce patents spanning industries from chemical and biotech to manufacturing, consumer products, software, business methods, energy and telecommunications. Let us show you how much value we can add to your business by building a strategic portfolio designed with your business plan in mind.
Strong and strategic patents, trademarks and copyrights provide passive protection by deterring would-be infringers. But with enough money at stake, your competitors will be motivated and you will need to enforce your IP. We have years of experience drafting Cease & Desist letters that deliver results without litigation, or at least builds a strong foundation for your best case.