A patent is an official document issued by the United States Government giving the owner (either the inventor(s) or his/her assignee) the right to exclude others from making, using, offering to sell or selling his or her invention in the United States for the life of the patent. The life of a United States patent is typically twenty (20) years from the day that the application for the patent was filed. The United States grants this exclusionary (legal monopoly) property right to encourage the public to fully disclose technical advances and improvements so that, through this disclosure, further technical innovation can be undertaken. While developing new technological advances, and obtaining United States patent rights can be costly, the expense is offset by the exclusionary rights granted by a patent that give the patent owner the opportunity to profit from the valuable and innovative work.
The Witherspoon Law Group, with a team of trusted, licensed intellectual property legal experts is experienced and prepared to assist patent owners in the enforcement and procurement of patents. The complexity of the United States patent laws and regulations, as well as the formal application requirements for a patent can be misunderstood or misinterpreted by persons who are untrained or unfamiliar with patents. To minimize these misunderstandings, patent owners and inventors often retain the services of a patent attorney to assist in the enforcement or in the procurement of patents. Using techniques and knowledge acquired first-hand through invention sessions pioneered by a few select Fortune 500 companies and large patent aggregators, we can prepare, coordinate and lead focused inventions sessions to help our clients “push” the envelope in their respective field in a way that will normally yield several strategic high value patents in areas clearly identified beforehand.
Here is a typical description of the types of patents through initial preparation and prosecution through Final Office Action at USPTO
Design patents protect the ornamental features of your products (How they look)
*Depending on complexity
Non-Provisional applications utility patents to protect the functional features of your products and processes (How they work)
In today’s global business environment, inventors must consider international markets in order to reach maximum market potential for new technologies. An “international” Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patent application streamlines and provides more flexibility in the filing and expenses of international patent applications. (Where they reach and how the work)
U.S. grants plant patents to any person who first appreciates [discovers] the distinctive qualities of a plant and reproduces it sexually. (How the plant was grown)
Covered Business Methods
Patents that claim a method, apparatus, or operation used in the practice, administration, or management of a financial product or service.
(How the business process works)