Our Legal Services

PATENT DRAFTING

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.

PATENT PROSECUTION

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.

PATENT APPEALS

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.

TRADEMARK APPLICATIONS

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.

TRADEMARK APPEALS

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.

TRADEMARK SEARCHES

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).

COPYRIGHT APPLICATIONS

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:
Computer Software
Computer Hardware
Computer Architecture
Electronics
Electro-Optics
Electro-Mechanics
Robotics
Semiconductor Devices
Semiconductor Fabrication
Medical Devices
Mechanical Devices
Material Science
Image Recording
Image Processing
Communications
Virtual Reality
Augmented Reality
Machine Learning
Artificial Intelligence
Memory Management
Electromyography-Based Devices

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

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COMPUTING HARDWARE AND CONTROL

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ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND SYSTEMS

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  • Pat. No. 7428309 Analog Preamplifier Measurement for a Microphone Array
  • Pat. No. 8213598 Harmonic Distortion Residual Echo Suppression
  • Pat. No. 8077641 Echo Cancellation for Channels with Unknown Time-Varying Gain
  • Pat. No. 7746383 Photodiode CMOS Imager with Column-Feedback Soft-Reset for Imaging under Ultra-Low Illumination and with High Dynamic Range
  • Pat. No. 7460160 Multispectral Digital Camera Employing Both Visible Light and Non-Visible Light Sensing on a Single Image Sensor

HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERFACES

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  • Pat. No. 8170656 Wireless Electromyography Hardware for Wearable Always Available Input
  • Pat. No. 8264455 Mapping of Physical Controls for Surface Computing
  • Pat. No. 7725395 System and Method for Devising a Human Interactive Proof That Determines Whether a Remote Client Is a Human Or a Computer Program
  • Pat. No. 8099288 Text-Dependent Speaker Verification
  • Pat. No. 7519682 Wireless Programmable User Interaction System with Machine Readable Tags for Physical Objects

IMAGE PROCESSING AND ANALYSIS

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  • Pat. No. 8165389 Adaptive Interpolation with Artifact Reduction of Images
  • Pat. No. 7460730 Video Registration and Image Sequence Stitching
  • Pat. No. 7324687 Color Segmentation-Based Stereo Reconstruction System and Process Employing Boundary Matting
  • Pat. No. 7113185 System and Method for Automatically Learning Flexible Sprites in Video Layers
  • Pat. No. 8139650 Fast Noise Reduction in Digital Images and Video

MECHANICAL AND ELECTRO-MECHANICAL DEVICES

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MEDICAL DEVICES AND SOFTWARE

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  • Pat. No. 7860286 Medical Image Acquisition Error Detection
  • Pat. No. 7697741 Compression and Decompression of Medical Images
  • Pat. No. 6443307 Medication Dispenser with an Internal Ejector
  • Pat. No. 6155454 Pill Dispenser Employing a Sealed Pill Carrier and Integrated Dispensing Plungers
  • Pat. No. 5591135 Syringe Stroke Controller with Elastically Enabled Single Axis Slide Adjustment and Finger-Molded Pistol Grip

NETWORK DEVICES AND CONTROL

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OBJECT DETECTION AND TRACKING

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  • Pat. No. 7626889 Sensor Array Post-Filter for Tracking Spatial Distributions of Signals and Noise
  • Pat. No. 7382897 Multi-Image Feature Matching using Oriented Patches
  • Pat. No. 7924655 Energy-Based Sound Source Localization and Gain Normalization
  • Pat. No. 7039199 System and Process for Locating a Speaker using 360 Degree Sound Source Localization
  • Pat. No. 8098842 Enhanced Beamforming for Arrays of Directional Microphones

SEARCH AND DATA MINING

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SIGNAL PROCESSING AND DATA ANALYSIS

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  • Pat. No. 8731911 Harmonicity-Based Single-Channel Speech Quality Estimation
  • Pat. No. 8086465 Transform Domain Transcoding and Decoding of Audio Data using Integer-Reversible Modulated Lapped Transforms
  • Pat. No. 7082394 Noise-Robust Feature Extraction using Multi-Layer Principal Component Analysis
  • Pat. No. 7835904 Perceptual Scalable Audio Compression
  • Pat. No. 7965297 Perfect Hashing of Variably-Sized Data