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Skillfully crafting a patent application is a practice best left to the experts.
In preparing a patent application, existing art should be critically analyzed and compared to any potential invention. This critical analysis increases the likelihood that any resulting patent application will pass the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s review process. This critical analysis also increases the likelihood that any resulting patent will be rendered enforceable in view of legal, practical and real world constraints.
For 20 years or more, each of our three patent attorneys has been registered to practice patent law with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This registration requires an appropriate technical degree, a law degree, and passing both a State Bar (in our case California) and the USPTO’s Patent Bar.
Our patent attorneys all have significant technical and engineering experience. Each has written and filed hundreds of patent applications in the U.S. and has used the firm’s established business relationships with law firms all over the world to obtain international patent rights for their clients. This experience and legal expertise allows them to competently evaluate your invention, the existing art, and applicable laws with an eye towards drafting a patent application that is both technically understandable and legally enforceable.
Our patent attorneys stand ready to write a patent application for your invention, whether it relates to, for example, a mechanical device, an electrical device, computer hardware or computer software utilizing complex mathematical models, or a combination of any or all of these things.
Navigating the rough waters at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where Patent Examiners rigorously scrutinize patent applications, requires an understanding of the complex intersection of patent law and technical innovation.
All of our patent attorneys have the skills needed to negotiate with Patent Examiners to obtain the broadest possible coverage for your inventions.
Our patent attorneys have the education and technical experience to understand the technology in a variety of fields, and have a deep understanding of the relevant law to obtain broad patent protection possible for your invention. They have successfully obtained over 900 patents for our clients.
Whether you are looking for outside counsel for your corporation to expand an existing portfolio in a highly competitive market, or a small business striving to build a unique and marketable product, our attorneys can get you there.
PATENTABIITY SEARCHES AND OPINIONS
Preparation is often half the battle.
Prior to drafting and filing a patent application, it often makes sense to conduct a search for existing art related to a potential invention.
Obtaining a search of prior art can serve two important goals. One, a search can allow us to anticipate the challenges ahead in patenting your invention and thus act as a cost saving feature if marketable features are already covered by an existing patent. Second, even if no on-point prior art is discovered, a search can still help us to focus the application on the novel and non-obvious aspects of your invention.
By identifying and understanding relevant art prior to drafting your application, arguments against your invention’s patentability can be won before they begin.
INTERNATIONAL PATENT PROSECUTION
We offer clients a small law firm experience with a large law firm reach.
Absent special international agreements, patent protection extends only to the countries in which they are filed. Obtaining patent protection outside the United States therefore is not something you can do without partners operating in foreign jurisdictions.
We are experienced in pursuing international patent protection and we have established long-term relationships with patent attorneys and law firms all over the world.
If you are considering international protection for your patents, our network of partners is available to extend the protection of your inventions across the globe.
PROVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATIONS
Under certain circumstances it can be advantageous to file a provisional patent application. We recognize there are times when you are either not ready or have not yet decided whether to file a full-fledged patent application. Our attorneys have extensive experience in preparing and filing provisional patent applications for these situations, whether this entails a simple “coversheet” provisional using an academic or technical paper or a more extensive provisional application. We also have extensive experience in preparing and filing follow-on patent applications based on a previously-filed provisional application.
PATENT CLAIM CHARTING
In the event that a product comes on the market during the pendency of your patent application that embodies your invention, we can prepare a patent claim chart that compares the claims in your patent application to the competing product.
We can then amend the claims if necessary to "read" on the product and ensure any claim changes made during the prosecution of the application continue to "read" on the product for possible infringement actions.
In the event that a patent Examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office unfairly refuses to allow your patent application, we are quite adept at pursuing a successful appeal of the rejection with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
We will prepare and file applications for registering your trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and zealously argue for the successful registration of your mark.
In the event that a trademark Examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office unfairly refuses to register your trademark, we are quite adept at pursuing a successful appeal of the rejection with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Prior to filing an application to register your trademark, a search for similar marks can be ordered.
We are experienced in evaluating these reports to provide you with an informed opinion on the likelihood of success in registering your mark.
DOMAIN NAME DISPUTES
When a domain name that is confusingly similar to your trademark is registered, it can confuse your customers and harm your business.
If the registrant has no legal right or interest in the domain name and is using it in bad faith, we can help.
We have been successful in cancelling such domain name registrations using the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)'s Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP).
We will prepare and file applications for registering copyrights with the United States Copyright Office, to assist you with obtaining a successful registration.
Patent Filing and Prosecution
Lyon & Harr, LLP attorneys have extensive technical education and experience, and have written and prosecuted well over a thousand patent applications in a wide variety of complex technological fields, including the following:
Exemplary Issued Patents
Listed below is a small sample of the hundreds of patents that members of our law firm have prosecuted to final issuance.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, NEURAL NETWORKS AND LEARNING SYSTEMS
COMPUTING HARDWARE AND CONTROL
ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND SYSTEMS
IMAGE PROCESSING AND ANALYSIS
MECHANICAL AND ELECTRO-MECHANICAL DEVICES
MEDICAL DEVICES AND SOFTWARE
NETWORK DEVICES AND CONTROL
OBJECT DETECTION AND TRACKING
SEARCH AND DATA MINING
SIGNAL PROCESSING AND DATA ANALYSIS