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A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by the United States (through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) or from another country, to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time, in exchange for the public disclosure of the invention.  An invention is a solution to a specific technological problem.  In the U.S., a utility patent protects inventions that comprise any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement of those inventions.  Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original and ornamental design for an article of manufacture.Knowing when to pursue a patent on a developed technology is essential, as significant time and resources are involved in the process, which may take many years.  A patent procurement strategy is more than protecting a form of Intellectual Property – it goes to the heart of the business model of the company.Developing a successful new technology involves more than designing a desirable product or service and executing an effective marketing campaign.  A thoughtful patent strategy is critical to a successful business plan.  Szaferman Lakind helps our clients fully exploit the commercial value and growth potential of their inventions through effective preparation and prosecution of patent applications.Our services include:

  • Patentablity/Novelty Searches and Opinions
  • Infringement/Non-Infringement Opinions
  • Clearance/Right to Use Searches and Opinions
  • Provisional and Non-Provisional Utility Applications
  • Design Applications
  • Re-Examinations
  • Appeals
  • Invalidity Opinions
  • Enforceability Opinions
  • Enforcement
  • Licensing
  • Accelerated Examinations
  • Assignments/Structured Transactions
  • Strategic Portfolio Management and Counseling
  • Prosecution of diverse arts, including mechanical, software, electrical, computer, Internet, business methods and processes, sports nutrition, telecommunications, wireless communications and network technologies, encryption, computer hardware and electrical devices, networking and systems integration technologies, among other sophisticated technologies and arts.


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