Patent Application And Infringement Protection

A company's patent portfolio can be one of its largest assets. Patents can be versatile and a robust patent portfolio may be desirable for funding purposes or exit strategies.

Patents can allow companies to exclude others from practicing or making use of their inventions. For example, a patent can potentially allow your company to raise barriers to entry for its competition, provide a source of licensing revenue, or provide a counter punch to any threats of infringement by other patent owners.

At the Irvine law firm of MYERS BERSTEIN, our experienced patent law attorneys focus on the intellectual property and business needs of clients not only in Orange County and elsewhere in Southern California, but throughout the U.S. and around the world. With over 40 years of combined experience, domestic and international clients — as well as other attorneys — come to us for skilled legal assistance with all matters of intellectual property.

Types Of Patents

Usually, there are two types of patents:

  • Utility patents cover new processes, machines, articles of manufacture and compositions of matter.
  • Design patents cover ornamental design for an article of manufacture.

Before deciding to file a patent application, your invention should be captured through an invention disclosure. Also, it may be desirable to perform a prior art search to determine the novelty and originality of the invention.

Our legal team will assist you with the invention disclosure process and with conducting prior art searches. We will also advise you of potential issues with the prior art.

Once you decide to proceed with a patent application, we will help you prepare and file your application.

Utility And Provisional Patent Applications

For utility patent applications, a determination should also be made whether to file a utility patent application or a provisional patent application, which can be converted into a utility patent application. Provisional patent applications must be converted into a utility patent application within a year, but have fewer formal requirements and are thus less expensive. We will assist you in evaluating your unique circumstances and making this determination.

We are your go-to advisers and legal counsel in all matters related to your intellectual property, including patent litigation, should disputes arise. We have extensive experience in matters related to patents such as licensing and drafting freedom to operate opinions, noninfringement opinions and invalidity opinions.

Speak With Us About Patents And Our Comprehensive IP Services

Please call our firm in Irvine at 888-415-4373, or contact us by secure email today to schedule a meeting with one of our lawyers.

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