MAIN PRINCIPLES (Summary)
No hourly billing, flat-fee pricing;
Our clients are BLUE COLLAR workers and inventors, but their IP is just as good, just as valid, and just as sellable as any PhD anywhere, hence our brand BlueCollarIP™;
Preference on inventors who can furnish us with narrated video of their invention, and confidentially submit via cloud;
Some expectations on the Inventors to be fully forthcoming, understanding how to upload video files whether .MP4 or otherwise, and understanding cloud uploads;
Fast communication, mostly e-mail and texting (some limited amount of phone calling is acceptable);
Instant automated docketing notifications;
INVENTORS: Always Avoid any law-firm "pyramid" business model. Our $prices at BlueCollarIP™ vary, please contact us for info on $pricing, but we are typically far more affordable than most law firms. Our prices also depend partly on your ability to provide key information.
Your legal tasks are not used as a training exercise. Do not pay three attorneys (originating partner, attorney, associate) to do the work of one person. Our people have years of experience, are already trained. Not learning at your expense, not training others at your expense.
Preference for inventors who work both from Mobile Devices (excellent for recording video) but also work from Desktop computer. We typically need our clients to use both. At any law firm, anywhere, the inventor/client should expect to read/edit patent disclosures, including using the "track changes" feature. This "track changes" feature does not work well in a Mobile context.
If you don't understand how to use "track changes", it will save you a lot of money to learn this feature.
11,711,484 System and method for image stitching
11,693,299 Camera mount
11,643,833 Modified pool skimmer
11,643,022 Tailgate bicycle rack
11,638,564 Medical monitoring system
11,628,523 Mount system
11,582,403 System and method for image stitching
11,520,557 Cognitive improvement system and method of testing
11,511,379 Storage mechanism
11,413,715 Storage mechanism
11,305,463 System and method for generating nipple prototypes
11,238,238 System and method for semiotic digital encoding
11,228,695 Camera enclosures and end effectors
11,208,121 Railcar system
11,207,219 Clip on electronics module
11,202,536 System and method for closing toilet lids
11,166,858 Module-housing system and method
11,123,232 Incontinence system
11,060,714 Compact device for illuminating bottles
11,048,466 Cognitive improvement system and method of testing
11,045,687 Adaptable exercise system and method of use
11,020,285 Module-housing system and method
11,012,596 Camera enclosures and end effectors
10,967,467 Wire twisting system and method
10,940,484 Conductive inks and method of manufacture
D911,160 Set of clamps for a carpenter level
10,918,596 Oral delivery system and method
10,863,903 Ocular system and method
10,832,542 Camera system and method
10,821,034 Garment manufacturing system and method
10,802,644 Assistive text-entry system and method
10,786,210 System for monitoring incontinent patients
10,766,121 System and method for mounting carpenter levels
10,731,353 Awning system
10,714,059 Method for manufacturing pickcatcher system
10,713,372 System for monitoring incontinent patients
10,650,193 System and method for semiotic digital encoding
10,609,856 Agriculture system and method
10,564,422 Cognitive function improvement system and method
10,563,857 Battery-operated laser or light source for performing surgical procedures
10,561,541 Garment manufacturing system and method
10,542,660 Agriculture system and method
10,482,779 Cognitive function improvement system and method
10,437,930 Method and system of semiotic digital encoding
D853,336 Desktop cable organizer
10,322,036 Incontinence system
10,300,751 Trailer weight distribution hitch system storage device
10,215,923 Nanopositioner and method of making
10,159,539 Battery-operated laser or light source for performing surgical procedures
10,139,936 Ergonomically optimized self-stabilizing leg mounted mouse pad
10,066,900 Firearm stabilizer
10,016,851 Clamping apparatus for a level
10,005,332 Trailer weight distribution hitch system storage device
D820,651 Double-edged offset blade
9,901,518 Fluid dispensing mechanism
9,752,490 Exhaust retention system and method of merchandising
9,751,161 Welding trailer
9,745,781 Replacement shackle for portable lock
9,719,761 Safe firearm system and method
9,204,976 Spinal surgery apparatus and method
9,017,4119 Spinal Surgery apparatus and method
D791,901 Firearm magazine holder
Our experienced attorneys can help you draft and file a strong patent application to protect your invention and secure your market position.
If you have already filed, attorney has retired or out-of-picture, we can help you navigate the patent prosecution process, including responding to Office Actions and conducting interviews with Examiners.
Litigation is expensive. Our litigators have the experience and expertise to protect your patent rights in court, whether you're the plaintiff or defendant.
Patent/trademark applications are typically complex documents requiring considerable preparation and thought, usually a combination of .docX and .PDF. It is well-established that reviewing any document on a Mobile Device results in a 40% reduction in reading comprehension. This leads to misunderstandings, and a lack of effective communication-flow. Its best to review patent/trademark documents from a resource where the reader can review the document in a full-page view. Mobile devices are great for short/quick review, and are certainly fast. But mobile devices also result in misunderstandings and oversimplifying.
We can work with any inventor, located anywhere in the world. Must have good Internet connectivity. Also, we can file in the USA, and establish Priority, regardless of language of the disclosure. We are located at the Intersection of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Can accommodate people with non-English as their native language.
Any inventor who can make a narrated video of their invention, and give us a secure cloud link to that narrated video, gets a $discount. Our low-overhead business model takes advantage of cooperation from inventors.
The process of preparing and filing a patent application has never been easier, this is the best time in history to need a patent filed. Small law firms can now do complex IP tasks that previously required a larger legal-staff. CONGRATULATIONS!
Hourly billing is a really STUPID, ANTIQUATED mechanism, yet many law firms still practice this way! Exorbitant fees — complex billing software, complex docketing, too many cooks, too many chefs, too many partners, too much $skimming.
No matter where you're located, we can help you (as long as you have decent Internet). It is not even necessary that you speak English, hablamos algo de español, 私たちは日本語を少し話します, 我们可以粗略翻译您的一些中文通讯.
Combined 31 years of patent and federal law practice,
TRACK RECORD> At this firm (~9 years) 200 patents Issued, >140 trademarks Registered. Have never filed for extension of time, always comply with US Patent/Trademark Office standard deadlines.
We stand behind our work. However, we don't make promises we can't keep. After 26 years, we have a pretty good idea of what an Examiner will tolerate, either a TM Examiner or a Patent Examiner. We can head off problems before they happen. But sometimes that involves giving clients bad news, rough news, disappointing news.
Traditional "pyramid-style" law firms and online services don’t always tell the full picture when it comes to the true cost of IP protection.
PHONE CALLSWe don't have the capacity to take random calls from potential new clients. Our low-overhead low-staff business model means we can save money, but it also means we need to work via e-mail quite a bit. We need literate clients that can be content with text and e-mail. Literate can be in a number of languages, we can translate.
Spoken-word communications do not lend themselves well to the patent process.
Business & CorporateWe do LLC Operating Agreements, a we find these important and neglected. We also do Escrow Agreements for our clients and their service providers.
Trade Secrets We don't practice in this area, the conditions for this are so narrow and unlikely that we have never found this doctrine to be suitable. Not one client in 26 years fit the criteria for Trade Secret. Its just too narrow. Forget it.
DIY Patent DrawingsNot possible. Don't ask for this, it will not save money in any way. If you insist on this, go somewhere else. No money will be saved. Not once in 26 years has a client furnished their own drawings that were satisfactory for patent filings. We always have to modify them and control the final edits, especially during the application-drafting process.
Also, the patent drawing costs are included in our flat-fee quotes. We want your VIDEO, We do not mind if you give us drawings, STL files, SolidWorx, etc. But we will change them a lot. The patent law firm, not the inventor, must control this process.
SPECIALTIESWe have carved out some specialties, mainly because no one else wants to practice in this area.
Tattoos and CopyrightSee our section on tattoos, which includes both copyright and trademark principles. It is funny, but a strange exploitation of IP law which clearly has grown beyond what our policing mechanisms can handle. This usually results in strange situations, difficult in enforcement, etc.
Cover Bands and CopyrightAnybody with any thoughts on how we could get more clients in this area, please let us know! See our section.
Checklists & Templates
Located in the Southeast USA, but serving clients throughout the USA, Europe, and Asia.
Patents are complex and difficult. Many inventors struggle with giving the patent attorney the right information. There are a lot of ways to goof this up.
1) how far along is your product or service for which you are seeking patent? is it still subject to change and evolve? is it at least 70% completed?
2) have you made any $sales, and/or offers for sale?
3) can you make a video of your invention and upload it to the cloud?
can you narrate that video and explain all the ways you want your invention to work?
4) can you at least make hand-drawings or sketches of how you want it to work?
5) how are are you from $selling $units?
6) will you eventually sell on Amazon?
7) do you already have an e-commerce presence, and can you please provide that?
1) what is the specific brand (word-mark) or graphic (image-mark) for which you are seeking protection? its important that we see the specific IP you need, and all submission are kept confidential. We absolutely cannot help you unless you furnish this. No attorney or law firm can help anyone without knowing this. We do not stand to gain anything by stealing people's brands. Keeping your brand secret, is a guarantee you will never sell anything.
2) do you already have an e-commerce presence, and can you please provide that?
3) how long have you been using the brand? who is the Owner? who created the Brand?
4) do you understand about marking TM (not (R), just TM)? please do not mark (R).
5) do you understand the difference between a Descriptive (bad\unfavorable) brand, and Distinctive (favorable) brand? If not please review here.
6) will you eventually sell on Amazon?
7) are you utterly committed to a certain brand, even knowing that it may not be eligible for Federal Trademark Registration?
8) is there a way you can consider multiple brands, sub-brands, slug-lines, and other source-indicating aspects?
1) Does your company have 2 years EBITDA? If not, why not?
2) does your company at least file their own (non-personal) tax returns?
3) have you made any attempts at Crowdfunding?
4) Do you already have senior investors, such that any later capital will
be required to be used to pay off earlier investors?
5) can any such Senior Investors be made to accept that they must waive their Priority Rights?
Still deciding on the right questions, but please watch our Operating Agreement Playlist on our YouTube channel.
1) have you received a Takedown notice?
2) what is the specific band-name or brand-name for your Tribute Band?
3) are you willing to change this band-name?
4) what have you done about the takedown notice?
Initial Phone-Consult: $25 for 30min (hard-stop). Discussing complex IP topics by voice, this often doesn't work well. The "words get in the way". But some people just want to hear a live Human, not some kind of bot. We get that. We can arrange that.
The home base of FYPA PLLC is near to the Intersection of FL, GA, and AL (USA).
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