patent application drafting and filing;
patent search reports and patentability Opinions;
we have an entire separate section on this, why these are mostly a scam and a con, please click here <not built yet>
we perform these, but we require using certain specific palliative language;
we have an entire separate section on this, why these are often a must-have for outside investors and venture capital, please click here <not built yet>
commercialization search reports (much more important than a mere patent search, involves canvassing marketplaces most likely to contain similar inventions, e.g. Amazon, YouTube, Google, eBay, various crowdfunding platforms.
It is very important for patent counsel to clearly understand an invention's intended marketplace. A patent application should act as a strategic document that should be worth something to a potential Licensee positioned within that specific marketplace. Many suitable inventions that could be considered competitors or of interest to a Licensee may not be patented at all.
trademark prosecution, trademark litigation;
We work with inventors of ANY education level, including those where English is not their first language. A PhD is not required to get a patent! Trabajamos con inventores de CUALQUIER nivel educativo, incluidos aquellos en los que el inglés no es su primer idioma.
COMING SOON remote docketing, add draftsperson services
COMING SOON commercialization services including investor-diligence documents, commercial landscape, etc
Part of our branding strategy for our law firm and other related business organizations are our specialized, proprietary services that reflect our unique style, and are typically not practiced by other law firms. Our billing practices are different than other law firms, and our service-packages are also different.
One of these branded services is our fast/quick Video-->Patent conversion service, which is useful for people who are facile with making videos, facile with mobile devices, but not deeply literate and do not enjoy proofreading long tedious documents. We shorten this into a quick, easy-to-remember expression VID2PAT(TM).
Those inventors wishing to leverage our skill in this area need to have one important capability. They must know how to upload videos to a cloud resource, any cloud resource, whether drive.google.com, DropBox, Microsoft OneDrive, or other resource.
This service of ours uses a variety of complex file-conversion, image-conversion, and software conversion steps and resources to create effective renderings that comply with all patent statutes, including International. When properly implemented, we have never received an Objection or Rejection from any patent office, including the USA, EPC, or Japan, among others, and we have experience with all of these as well as others. International patents are a difficult area, and its best to have someone on your team that can lay out proper patent drawings format, flow, and composition that fit into a common ground acceptable to all these varying Patent Offices and their varying requirements.
Our VID2PAT™ service typically costs $6000. To start working with us using this feature, we ask that you use the Contact Us resource, and please begin making preparations on your side regarding possible Cloud resources.
1) relieves the inventor of a lot of work;
2) assumes skills typically available to most inventors;
3) eventual disclosure much more likely to conform with the inventor's true intent and vision.
1) cannot e-mail MP4 files, video files. They are too large. The inventors must be familiar with cloud communications.
Our OmniProv™ service is a cluster of patent and document management services. Specifically, our OmniProv™ filing protocols involve specific techniques for cost-effective management of technical disclosures having varying scope, varying time-limits and deadlines. We achieve this by doing multiple Provisional filings, that may occur in a short period of time or may be spread out over time. We chose the expression OmniProv™ and made it our own brand.
The point, the gain, is a way for prolific inventors of providing efficiency in IP management for prolific inventors, who sometimes lose track of their papers or are not effective at keeping track of their papers and files.
Our OMNIPROV™ service typically costs at least $2500. To start working with us using this feature, we ask that you use the Contact Us resource, and please begin making preparations on your side regarding possible Cloud resources. Assembling your documents, your PowerPoint presentations, even/including paper print-outs.
1) relieves the inventor of a lot of work, the attorney does a form of "IP Cleanup™", where the attorney can determine what should be included and what should be excluded;
2) the prolific inventor, with a lot of papers, a lot of disclosures, over the years, scattered all over an office or computer file-system, can just throw the entire box, USB, CD-ROM, to the attorney and the attorney can sort out the mess;
3) the eventual patent disclosure is much more likely to conform with the inventor's true intent and vision;
4) if some of the box or USB or CD-ROM are inventions that have been publicly disclosed, aged beyond statutory limits, have problems with "orphan inventorship", or other issues, these filings are not invalid or void-for-error. Provisionals can be filed even when inventorship or other details are unclear or yet-to-be resolved.
Once it comes time for Utility filing, all those issues must be sorted out. But at the Provisional stage, its best to get it filed, and at least give it "patent pending" status and then sort out how to commercialize it.
1) this process can be time-consuming. Most PDF files must be re-converted, as the US Patent Office has a specific PDF format that is not conventional. Thus, the attorney likely will have to pen up each file and review for admissions-against-interest, self-defeating statements, and then must save into a special PDF format.
2) PDF files can get large, especially if made from PowerPoint. this process can be time-consuming. Most PDF files must be re-converted, as the US Patent Office has a specific PDF format that is not conventional. Thus, the attorney likely
LLC filing and Operating Agreements;
Operating Agreements should not ever again be thought of as "set it and forget it" documents, but instead should be thought of as living documents that need to be periodically updated as business conditions change, please see our YouTube playList on the subject of LLCs, and see also the separate section of this website dedicated to LLCs;
We include this section in both the "legal services" and also our "non-Legal services" sections because many aspects of an Operating Agreement do not require an attorney, indeed many of the best authors of Op Agreement documents are not attorneys, and also, most Operating Agreements are not filed anywhere, and are not ever interpreted in any Court, they are just private Agreements between two or more parties
Contract documents defining relationships between inventors and service providers, including multi-stage "staggered" contracts in which payment only occurs when certain agreed-upon metrics are met, and where money may be held in Escrow and not released until all conditions are met; this is especially important for semiconductor projects, chip-development, and also other technical projects where items must be constructed, molds built, 3D-printing is involved;
Tax consequences and Schedule C issues for both inventors and LLCs;
Schedule C is a neglected area of individual and corporate governance, because its so dul and people don't understand it. We include this section in both the "legal services" and also our "non-Legal services" sections because many aspects of an Schedule C do not require an attorney or CPA, indeed many Schedule C documents and assertions are filed by individuals themselves, without any outside professional at all. Please our YouTube videos and playLists on Schedule C issues. A first playList of ours discusses Schedule C for inventors, and a second playList of ours discusses an episode of CNBC's show "the Profit" starring Marcus Lemonis in which a company clearly mis-handles their Schedule C representations;
Experienced expert witness in federal patent litigation, including invalidating patents, interpreting claims, explaining relevance of Prior Art, and testifying regarding exactly what happens inside the Patent Office and how things work;
Third Party IDS filings. This is a service for providing Prior Art references to an Examiner for a pending application belonging to a third party. This is a neglected area that many clients are not aware of, but should be using. Its important that an Examiner have the best possible Prior Art in front of her when making a decision about a patent application. This does not however, endear the submitter to their competitors. We can submit these documents without the Applicant knowing who the client is;
We offer a lot of different non-legal services, tasks related to the invention-process, but we put this on a different page. Click here for our schedule of non-legal services.
The typical law firm business model is fading away, becoming antiquated, and based on a flawed economic principle in the first place. Law Schools are also based on a flawed economic principle, that of immense student loan debt with very uncertain chances of getting a job as an attorney. This results in many law school graduates not getting employment, thus having to try to compete for business by themselves. However, some resources require proof of Malpractice Liability insurance, which a solo person cannot obtain without a co-signatory.
For those solos doing patents and trademarks, someone from our firm can sign, but will charge a lot for the service, e.g. $1100/year. We also require regular updates on your cases and clientele. This is not to steal clients or know your practice, but instead to clean up a mess in the event of disaster. No other reason.
Remember why solo attorneys are required to designation backup counsel in the first place. If a solo disappears or becomes unavailable or incapacitated, the liability carrier has to up the mess, and they use a Backup counsel. This Backup counsel is responsible for informing all clients that they must find new counsel, and also inform the various cases and tribunals of that same fact.
This service is not pleasant, roughly comparable to a total train-wreck or "MayDay" situation. If we get involved, we earn our money real quickly.
Insurers that require this have good reason for doing so.
If we are contacted by your Insurer, your practice is shot. Its gone, and un-recoverable. What we do with it afterward is none of your business, its likely you won't even know about it. You will lose every client you had. If you recover, or get out of jail, you will likely be pursuing some new career or profession.
Some Solos just fake the signature of a fictional backup counsel entirely, and hope the Insurer (or their underwriter) doesn't notice. If something goes wrong, this is a form of fraud and can result in an even bigger Mess.
This is another factor in attorneys pushing hard to have at least the appearance of liability coverage.
patents and trademarks are among the most commonly-misunderstood elements of economic development. They tend to adopt the wrong measurement metrics. This situation is addressable, but requires careful thought.
We work with various Universities, both in the United States and in Japan. We provide patent and branding services, but we also assist in matching up researchers with potential Licensees and partners. We achieve this through our active presence at numerous Trade Shows, through Google Adwords campaigns, and that best trade show on earth (if asserted properly), YouTube.
We have extensive experience working as outside counsel for small, medium, and large-sized companies. We understand the needs and requirements for companies can be very different than Universities and independent inventors.
We have been servicing independent inventors since 1997, back in the early days when our only credential was "Patent Agent". We are all about keeping your patent costs down and getting you to market and sales. Often this does not involve patents at all, but instead involves trade shows and YouTube.
Even among independent inventors, there are many different sub-categories. See our guide to types of independent inventors to see which type you are.
we provide litigation support for law firms, e.g. knockout searches, Expert Witness (former Examiner), subject-matter expertise, etc
This usually includes finding specialized vendors in e.g. electronic fabrication, plasticization. It also includes crowdfunding issues, and supporting Amazon-sellers who have had their accounts suspended (a death sentence if this occurs in December), along with people trying to survey their marketplaces. This also includes business with branding and trademark concerns; canna-inventors having difficulty getting bank accounts, many other problems in which a business law firm familiar with intellectual property can come in handy. These are usually situations that other non-IP counsel do not want to touch.
We work with inventors from every spectrum. However, there are some inventors we prefer working with more than others.
ALL CLIENTS SHOULD BE ASKING US
1) which is the best trade-show for my field of invention?
2) how can I make an unsolicited offer-of-product to a company? (e.g. Raytheon, Johnson & Johnson, Ford Motor, Grainger, WalMart, Cabellas, CVS, Rite-Aid, millions of others)
& THE COROLLARY
how can I determine which company would make the best licensee for me?
& THE OTHER COROLLARY
Prior to making any such unsolicited offer-of-product to a company, what precautions should I take?
3) how can I get started selling on Amazon. How difficult is the sign-up process, and how tough is Amazon to work with?
4) what is a good, effective layout for a YouTube channel, and how do I get this started?
5a) I need to find numerous suppliers and service providers to get my product(s) built and sold. I have found some assistance, but I need numerous others. Also, I need to re-structure and formalize my relationships with existing suppliers.
5b) How to I structure my contracts to ensure that all parties involved have a strong interest in seeing things go well. Does your law firm structure these contracts? Or guide me in structuring them myself?
6a) what is your law firm's EIN? (so that I may send a 1099)
6b) what is your non-law invention-assistance company's EIN? (so that I may send a 1099)
7) where do I list legal-service and non-legal invention expenses on my Schedule C?
8) where do I list non-law invention-assistance services on my Schedule C?
9) 7) I am flat broke, and want to fund my invention using some type of Crowdfunding Mechanism. Can you provide support for this?
VIEW CROWDFUNDING SUMMARY
10) I want to position my company and products for VC money and/or buy-out from a larger company. How can I go about pursuing this? How long does this take?
11) I am having trouble with branding and trademarks. Can you give me some ideas on how to resolve this? The law in this area is hard to understand.
12) Google Adwords, Google Adsense, and Google Analytics, which one can help me the most? Can any of them help me?
13) I have been trying to push this product for XX months, X years, and sales are very poor. I am thinking to pull the plug, but I want better more reliable data before I do so. How can I get a more definitive clear answer? I need a straight answer, does this product have any chance? Can I pivot, rather than stop entirely?
14) I have spent a lot of time myself, and also paid other service providers, for business research. Can I deduct this on my tax returns?
15) what is the difference between including an expense, and deducting an expense.
OUR INVENTORS SHOULD BE ASKING US ABOUT ALL OF THESE, BUT NO LESS THAN 7 OF THESE.
IF YOU ARE NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THESE, OR ONLY CONCERNED ABOUT A SMALL NUMBER OF THEM, THEN YOU MAY BE A HOBBYIST INVENTOR, YOU HAVE AN EXPENSIVE HOBBY, NOT A BUSINESS.
We will still work with you, but we will always be striving to convert your expensive hobby into an Actual Business. With products, cash flow, and a bank account which has money flowing IN as well as OUT. As such, some of our recommendations will not be pleasant.
We believe in Inventor ToughLove.
If you want someone to blow smoke up your butt, please contact an Invention Submission Corporation. They will take your money and tell you what a wonderful idea you have. If that's what you want, you are in the wrong place. Our services are geared toward persons who have been to an Invention Submission Corporation, and found out that's not what they want.
The one with the cool hat? Gutenberg
There is no way to know all the different avenues and origins that a potential patent infringer could arise. It is also close to impossible to read and clarify the claims within every patent, not without incurring huge expense. Further, even using the best search terms, synonyms, and AI algorithms, the most relevant patents or competitors who may bring actions for patent infringement can still be overlooked.
To address this, and still provide a reasonable degree of assurance, this law firm promotes a low-cost multi-step patent “laddering” strategy. Thus, in the event that issues of patent infringement arise, our clients will have defenses and ways of countering such issues, and/or reducing their scope and scale. To start, we always put our clients into a state of “patent pending” as earlier as possible.
Next, a typical Freedom to Operate Opinion can exceed $20,000, while Apple Computer or Amazon might in some case pay more than $100,000. Such spending would be an unwise use of $precious $cash for most of our clients. Instead, we provide scaled down, limited Opinions that discuss some key aspects of litigation-prospects, and provides some (limited) assurances and clarifications.
Along these lines, in order to keep costs down, we sometimes do engage an outside search expert, but may do some limited searching ourselves. However, we have extensive experience, and typically show initiative and promise in the area of digging for effective useful comparable prior art. We try to give assurance that if issues of patent infringement arise, our clients will have a good start at defending themselves. Further, Issued Patents can be a poor/misleading source of predictive intelligence.
NON-COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF PATENT CONCERNS
Here is another problem that occurs often. Other participants in a specific industry may be miles ahead of XXXX Developers LLC, developed commercial embodiments e.g. 3 or 4 years earlier than XXXX Developers LLC, but never bothered with filing their own patents, and do not have a widely known Internet presence. As shown in the attached graphic (blue-green Venn diagram), many successful companies do not even have patents at all.
Further, many companies, include some of our clients, automatically use non-publication requests at initial-patent-filing, as Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). That means a company competing with XXXX Developers could have filed for patent >4 years ago and there is no way for anyone to see it. Thus, there is no way to make a comprehensive Opinion that absolutely guarantees a “clean bill of health” regarding later accusations of infringement, and my law firm will not endorse or use this language.
Next, companies can be building and selling products in such a way that it does not show up in any search, any local business journal, any trade show, anywhere on YouTube, or perhaps provides services rendered under terms of confidentiality, government secrecy requirement, or many other reasons. Nobody may even be aware of these competitors, and yet these stealth-operators can be the most dangerous, the most damaging, and the most unpredictable including but not limited to potential assertions of patent infringement.
MORE AND MORE, U.S. PATENT OFFICE RELYING ON HELP FROM GENERAL PUBLIC
Another issue that throws an element of randomness and unpredictability in the patent process, and thus makes prediction of infringement even more difficult, is a patent procedure known as “3rd party IDS”.
Still, when this competitor sees the patent applications of XXXX Developers LLC, they can approach the Patent Office and insist that all patents to XXXX Developers LLC can be invalidated, using e.g. Inter Partes Re-Exam. If there is enough money at stake, companies can and will do this. And there is no way to assuredly guarantee that this can’t happen, or to anticipate this ahead of time with a high degree of certainty.
Further, in any patent application that is pending, published and thus known to the public, competitors can provide assistance to the Patent Examiner responsible for that application. These competitors achieve this in the form of an Information Disclosure Statement (IDS). This type of Examiner-assistance is known as a “3rd party IDS” and is increasing in usage among competitors. The US Patent Office and the general public both gain as a result of this feature, in that the patent integrity always improves when a Patent Examiner is better-informed about the state of a particular field.
Moving onto some of the Issued enforceable patents discussed in the various Appendices provided herewith, there are several factors at play here that need to be considered. The first is that XXXX Developers still has a considerable amount of latitude in how they architect and code up their various products. Thus, if they see a competitor of real concern, where the patents are Issued and thus the claims are fixed, known, and enforceable. XXXX Developers at this young stage can still make such adjustments are necessary in order to step around or “design around” any claims considered to be of concern, such as the claims within the Issued Patents related to the “Rave” product (discussed in the Appendices attached herewith).
In our FTO's, we often use language like the below.
OPINION SUMMARY PART 1
“Based in the patents that we found, and other non-patent literature that we found, along with a detailed competitive analysis of who else might be participating in this marketplace, we find it unlikely (though always possible) that XXXX Developers LLC will be sued for patent infringement based on their mobile app invention(s) and configurations. Further, if XXXX Developers LLC properly structures their own patent applications, and emphasizes X features and Y features, the XXXX Developers LLC is likely to have reasonably good defenses against any charges of infringement”.
Next, it is a common occurrence where business-entities are surprised by the existence of a long-time competitor that they never knew about. Many companies think they know about all of their competitors, but are often mistaken. In my mind, they should not be that surprised, as there are many ways to operate a company in a specific industry and yet stay off anyone’s radar screen.
Next, a lot of incompetents file for patents, get patents Issued, but never build anything. Even when they build something, their patents are often mis-matched with their actual produced item. Thus, reading Issued Patents as a way of predictive intelligence on potential litigation risk is often one of the dumbest and least meaningful data-indicators that can possibly exist. Repeating from earlier, the blue-green chart below is a quick and easy way to convey this.
Many parties who have Issued Patents never make a dime, thus they “have the blues” within the above (blue-green Venn) image. Meanwhile, some parties who have no patents at all are often very successful, thus “in the green” within the above (blue-green Venn) image. Again, of course I am aware that investors and outside capital usually wants to see lots of patent filings, and legal Opinions that make them feel more safe about their investment. I only want to clarify that while I can provide these documents, and have done literally hundreds of them, I am going to insist on some palliative language.
Another way of stating it: reading Issued Patents can be a great way to find Issued Patents from failed, embarrassing companies that wasted their money, and never had any good products. For example, at the time of this writing, Theranos has over 135 Issued U.S. patents. Not one of their devices worked. How did Theranos get 135 Issued Patents? How much value do any of these patent have? Thus, trying to extrapolate a potential litigation-risk from the database of Issued Patents is one of the worst ways, least effective ways, to predict potential litigation-risk. Any Freedom to Operate Opinion, even ones that cost >$100,000, cannot escape this clear fact.
Additionally, plenty of good developers make products, sell products, engage in commerce, do well, get funding, and they engaged with the patent system. Not for one second. However, their products and documents can still be asserted as Prior Art in an e.g. Inter Partes Reexamination proceeding. Thus, the XXXX Developers LLC may not be infringing anyone, but could still have their patents taken away.
Another problem is that the United States patent system alone has given rise to ~12 million Issued Patents. Japan and China, by themselves, have each also separately Issued some number near to that. Allowing for some overlap, that may mean ~30 million patents in 3 different languages are extant, of which some reasonably large % are still enforceable. Whatever the number is, it is not possible for one single law firm to search, find, and review every one of those patents, even using the most rigorous Artificial Intelligence search algorithms. Further, word-searching, especially across multiple languages, can overlook important synonyms, contexts, and unusual word-usages. Thus, any assurance that “there are no other Issued Patents in our area” (thus no litigation risk) is likely to be a bogus assurance. This also does not address the submarine effect of non-published patent applications in one’s field being filed potentially years before XXXX Developers’s product never even existed. Again, any Freedom to Operate Opinion, even ones that cost >$20,000 or >$100,000, cannot escape this clear fact.
Still, outside investors sometimes still want some kind of statement, some kind of semi-assurance of a technology or process being proprietary. Investors want some kind of assurance that their money will be kept “safe”, or at least wisely invested. Such assurance is prudent and reasonable. This Opinion provides such assurance, within reason.
The Appendices attached herewith discuss 30 companies and 2 inventors in what XXXX Developers, LLC describes as their “space”. Some of the patents held by these entities are discussed in the Excel files and Word documents that comprise the Appendices.
Again, in our FTO's, we often use language like the below.
OPINION SUMMARY PART 2
"Although XXXX Developers LLC can never guarantee the non-existence of other patent-claims within their territory or locus of operation, working with counsel, XXXX Developers LLC has an aggressive, low-cost and low-intrusion 'laddering' style of multiple patent filings that will ensure significant defenses and weapons against a possible accusation of infringement. While some patents may be vaguely within the ballpark of XXXX Developers, LLC, such patents always exist and often end up meaning nothing. For example, by the time XXXX Developers, LLC is known to the Rave company, the Rave company may have pivoted in a different direction, no longer producing relevant products, and/or stopped paying their maintenance fees on these or other patents."
Our Freedom To Operate (FTO) Opinions are usually quite lengthy, but contain an Execute Summary and Conclusion which may look like the below.
Based on the materials shown herein, it is my professional Opinion that the products and configurations Assigned to or owned by XXXX Developers, LLC, are unlikely to be found to be infringing of any patent known to us thus far.
chris tanner, esq. May 13, 2020
Many patented inventions never make a dime. Meanwhile, many successful inventions have no patents.
This is mainly a law-firm site, and this specific page is directed at persons/entities seeking Legal Representation. However, we also offer plenty of non-Legal services useful for inventors.
We have worked with and counseled >400 independent inventors and small businesses. We have some idea of the struggles you are going through. While we are a law firm, STILL, we recognize that some inventors do not legal services as much as they need to get their inventions selling and cash-flowing as quickly as possible. That often involves non-Legal non-Law services.
Often what inventors really need are non-legal, non-patent services. They may think they need a patent, but may be mis-prioritizing. Patents may have their place, but are usually not a good first step.
Florida Attorneys are required to designate an inventory attorney as per Rule 1-3.8(e). The only exceptions are for members not practicing in Florida and for any portion of the member’s practice as an employee of a governmental entity.
The intent is that clients need to be protected if one suddenly becomes incapable of practicing law due to accident or illness. Each year, The Florida Bar has to open inventory cases when a lawyer’s sudden unavailability jeopardizes clients. This happens a lot and the Florida Bar is tired of having to clean up this type of mess.
We are willing to act as inventory attorney, but we will require both $$ payment and also a lot of information about one's practice, docket, and pending tasks. This requires that the attorney regularly update us on all their various cases and filings. To learn more, click here.
Remember, an inventory attorney is a type of "nuclear button". Chances are, if an inventory attorney is brought in, the original attorney is either Dead, Incapacitated (e.g. Permanent Vegetative State (PVS), or has Dementia/Alzheimers (these are not the same) and is no longer able to look after their own interests.
As such, the information the Inventory Attorney needs is pretty harsh and dire. The Inventory needs all docket numbers and locations of all pending Actions. If you hire us for this task, we are going to ask for some information in this area, in advance, try to get to know something about your practice. But we will not ask very much. By the time the Inventory Attorneys get brought in, things are pretty bad and the original attorney is almost certain to be never practicing law again.
One good thing: our law firm is hugely better suited to being an Inventory attorney for a solo patent or trademark specialist. We know exactly where and how everything is buried inside of the US Patent and Trademark Office, far more and far better than a non-patent and non-trademark attorney.
OBTAINING LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR A SOLO
Many solo practitioners have difficulty purchasing liability insurance, partly because the policy requires that they designate a "backup attorney", who can step in during emergency, injury, incapacity, etc. We can help with that, and can sign the forms, but we will require both $$ payment and also a lot of information about one's practice, docket, and pending tasks. Further, the extent of our duties will be to close out the files where possible, and arrange for appointment of substitute counsel. If its necessary for us to take anything over, you can kiss those clients goodbye. You may be kissing the clients goodbye anyway. A solo attorney who misses deadlines will have difficulty getting new clients, regardless of their reasons for missing.
As an insurance co-signer, we would operate as a type of safety net, but in general will not operate to make pleadings or file documents (except for patent/trademark issues). Instead, we would hustle to find substitute counsel as quickly as possible, notify all clients to the extent possible, and get the client to sign the necessary forms, and pay all the new attorneys retainer, to change the designed counsel on any particular action.
We operate as a safety net only, and operate mainly as an emergency mechanism. In this capacity, we are unlikely to make any pleadings or file any documents.
To learn more, click here. Do not hire anyone to sign this important form until you know a bit more about them, and how and whether they will be effective in a time of crisis for your law firm. This is a tricky area to briefly explain.
We may be among the most astute and knowledgeable docketing persons in existence, regarding both patent and trademark issues. With 23 years experience in these fields, we have encountered a lot of different types of patent and trademark deadlines, and are very familiar with the various pendency requirements and processes for filing extensions. We also don't rely strictly on any typical patent/trademark docketing software package, but instead know how to go behind the software and make sure that any anomalies or blems are taken care of and addressed.
Law firms often purchase docketing software, and this can be helpful, but like with many situation, the docketing software can go screwy, not work well, or be improperly loaded or installed. Further, such software can be working properly, but have invalid data entered. Understanding patent and trademark deadlines is difficult, and there are also many different word-usages and trade-jargon that make the process even harder to understand. Its best to have a human reviewer to supervise and oversee the docketing processes, regardless of any software presence. Further, a typical law-firm liability insurer will not accept the excuse "the errors were not our fault, our docketing software did not properly warn us".
Regarding patents, for us to best help you, we prefer that you send us a monthly XML download of your Private PAIR account within EFS. We can then regularly sort and parse the XML file and forecast the various deadlines contained therein. To learn more, click here.
LAW FIRM SUPPORT
There is a way to combine all 3 of the above, as they have some intersection and overlap. Or, combine 2 of the 3. As the law firm business model changes, and more and more people act in a solo capacity, there will be more and more demand for these type of services.
If your law firm is going to hire an inventory attorney, and you provide patent and/or trademark services, we might make a better inventory attorney than other competitors.
THIRD PARTY IDS
These are a great way to attack your business competitors, but unfortunately, many small and medium-sized businesses don't know how to take proper advantage of this.
The US Patent Office started offering this feature around 2014, and somewhat modeled it after the Trademark process known as "opposition", with some significant differences of course.
THIRD PARTY SUBJECT MATTER NOTIFICATIONS
These are a great way to attack your business competitors, but unfortunately, many small and medium-sized businesses don't know how to take proper advantage of this.
Again, the US Patent Office started offering this feature around 2014, and somewhat modeled it after the Trademark process known as "watch lists", with some significant differences of course.
FREEDOM TO OPERATE OPINIONS
This specific product is so complicated to explain, and so hugely misunderstood, that we set up an entirely separate section, below.
EXPERT WITNESS (patent processes)
REVIEWING OF PATENT ASSIGNEE DATABASE
As companies are bought and sold, the purchasers begin their diligence by checking the US Patent Office Assignment Database. However, an error in the Assignment process may not be noticed, and important patents could be overlooked in the diligence process.
Reviewing patent Assignment documents is extremely tedious, and the US Patent Office Assignment Database search engine is not robust. Nevertheless, this work has to be done, and law firms or companies should be willing to pay someone to get it done. This is also the type of semi-legal research that does not need to be performed by an attorney.
REVIEWING OF TM OWNER DATABASE
REVIEW\DOCKETING OF PUBLISHED PATENT APPS (Using Public PAIR)
Because all trademark filings are publicly available from the instant they are filed, it is easy to see a law firm's entire trademark portfolio. Anyone can see this, whether that law firm wants us to or not. Missing a trademark deadline or a trademark filing can have serious adverse consequences, and is preventable. But its tricky, and difficult, to review all the different papers in a particular trademark application. Now multiply that by hundreds and/or thousands of trademarks in any law firm.
Next, its no longer necessary that a particular law firm have their trademark docketing clerk work in their office, or deal with their paper files in their file room. In the past, this was necessary, but its no longer necessary.
It is my goal to staff up a team and provide docketing services to other law firms, and do so remotely. Attorneys providing docketing services to other attorneys. That is a business model that could work well. It all depends on price and efficiency.
We may be among the most astute and knowledgeable docketing persons in existence, regarding both patent and trademark issues. With 23 years experience in these fields, we have encountered a lot of different types of patent and trademark deadlines, and are very familiar with the various pendency requirements and processes for filing extensions. Law firms often purchase docketing software, and this can be helpful, but like with many situation, the docketing software can go screwy, not work well, or be improperly loaded or installed. Its best to have a human reviewer to supervise and oversee the docketing processes. Regarding patents, for us to best help you, we prefer that you send us a monthly XML download of your Private PAIR account within EFS. We can then regularly sort and parse the XML file and forecast the various deadlines contained therein. To learn more, click here.
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