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What Do Patent Attorneys Do?/Why Hire A Patent Attorney?

From protecting inventors from loosing potential patent rights to selling helping you sell a hard earned patent, patent attorneys provide many services.

  1. Avoiding A Loss of Potential Patent Rights: Patent Attorneys help clients and potential clients understand what steps are needed to seek patent rights and how urgently those steps must be taken to preserve patent rights. Not knowing about such deadlines can cause a total loss of potential patent rights.
  2. Search Patents to Find Out If Your Invention Is New: Inventors can patent search on their own, but attorney and third-party searches can improve your understanding about what is new. Patent attorneys can help you understand the meaning of the search results.
  3. File A Provisional Patent Application: A provisional application can be a good get-your-foot-in-the-door-application. They tend to be cheaper and generally do not meet all the stringent requirements of the more formal non-provisional application. There are risks associated with provisional applications, so it is important to understand those risks before proceeding with this type of application.
  4. File A Non-Provisional Patent Application: Non-Provisional patent applications are what most people think of when they think of US patent applications. These applications are the full applications that include claims and that are examined by a patent examiner.  Non-Provisional patent applications can be issued as patents.
  5. Patent Infringement Analysis: Clients ask for infringement analysis when they think that someone may be infringing one of their patents or when they are afraid that they may be infringing someone else’s patent. Because people regularly misjudge what patents cover, a clarification may be as simple as a 15-minute conversation.
  6. Patent Infringement Opinions: Sometimes infringement decisions are close and quick analysis will not suffice. In these cases, a formal opinion may be used to help make important decisions like whether to launch a product or whether to sue a competitor.
  7. Assignments: Assignments can be used to transfer the ownership of patents. Patent Attorneys help individuals and companies handle ownership issues relating to patents.
  8. Corporate Patent Decisions: Corporate entities are often used to protect business’ assets. Patent attorneys can assist with decisions relating to patents and business structures. They can guide clients through questions like, “Should I assign my patent to my LLC?”
  9. Clearance Work: Patent attorneys help clients determine if they may safely produce a product or practice a method. This commonly involves searching for problematic patents followed by an evaluation by the patent attorney.
  10. Evaluate Who Owns an Invention: Patent attorneys evaluate who the inventors may be for an invention and they also evaluate claims of ownership.
  11. License an Invention: Patent attorneys help with license negotiations and drafting patent license agreements.
  12. Sell a Patent: Patent attorneys help inventors and companies with patent sales.
  13. Approaching Potential Infringers: Because approaching an infringer can have legal consequences, patent attorneys can assist with the correct method and timing for approaching potential infringers.
  14. Taking Over A Patent Application: Clients change patent attorneys and sometimes clients start patent applications without legal assistance. Patent attorneys do take over patent cases of other patent attorneys and from unrepresented inventors. However, potential clients should be aware that the original application may create significant limitations and challenges.
  15. Cease and Desist Letters: Patent attorneys issue and receive cease and desist letters. Such letters can range from enormously consequential to trivial. It is important to quickly determine if these letters represent a large threat to your business.
  16. Analyze the Field: There are a variety of reasons businesses may want to know the general state of patents in a particular field.
  17. Patent Litigation: Patent attorneys are commonly engaged in patent litigation and in pre-litigation counseling. Avoiding or initiating patent litigation can be a business-critical decision, so good advice is paramount in these situations.
  18. Have an Initial Consultation: Getting the appropriate guidance for these patent activities and many more activities starts with an initial consultation. John offers free initial phone consultations and reduced rate in person consultations.

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