A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by the United States (through the United States Patent and Trademark Office), or from a sovereign state, 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, and 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.
Importantly, what is granted by the rights of a patent is not the right to make, use, offer for sale, sell or import, but the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, selling or importing the invention.
Developing a successful new technology involves more than merely designing a desirable product or service and developing an effective marketing campaign. A thoughtful patent strategy is often a critical component of an overall business plan. Szaferman Lakind is committed to protecting our clients’ emerging and new technologies through effective preparation and prosecution of patent applications based on our clients’ objectives, commercial value of the invention, target markets, and growth potential of the involved innovation.
- Patentablity/Novelty Searches and Opinions
- Infringement/Non-Infringement Opinions
- Clearance/Right to Use Searches and Opinions
- Provisional and Non-Provisional Utility Applications
- Design Applications
- Invalidity Opinions
- Enforceability Opinions
- 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 and Nutraceuticals, VoIP and wireless communications and network technologies, encryption, computer hardware and electrical devices, networking and systems integration technologies, and other sophisticated technologies and arts.