Patent Law

For a list of patents our firm has registered at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, please click here. The following is a brief description of various patent related matters which our firm handles:

Patent Prosecution
In 2006, the firm obtained over fifty patents within the United States and foreign countries. We prepare, file and prosecute provisional, non-provisional, design and international patent applications. The relevant technologies include electronics, computer software, biotechnology, mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry, polymer chemistry, microbiology, medical diagnostic equipment, consumer products and medical and health care products. We maintain an in-house docketing system for all pending applications on file, both domestic and foreign, including maintenance fees and annuities. We can provide a customized report depending upon your needs.

Legal Opinions
We routinely prepare patentability, right-to-use, infringement, noninfringement and validity opinions and have worked closely with our client's for assisting in 'designing around' unexpired patents. We have also provided due diligence legal opinions concerning intellectual property rights of companies in connection with SEC filings and public offerings.

Appeals
We handle all phases of ex parte appeal practice before the Board of Appeals and Patent interferences in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and have had numerous favorable decisions for our clients.

Searching
We presently employ three full time searchers in the mechanical, electrical and chemical and biochemical arts each of whom conduct validity, infringement and patentability searches at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Each of our partners has no less than fifteen years experience in their respective fields. We are equipped to conduct assignment searches, index searches, maintenance fee checks as well as literature searches in the U.S. Patent and Trademark online and at the National Institutes of Health. We also maintain in-house computer databases for online searching of the World Patent Index and Lexis Nexis. Our office is fully equipped to obtain file histories from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and to deal directly with personnel at the PTO. Our support staff are very familiar with the personnel employed at the various departments of the PTO, and law firms and corporations throughout the U.S. utilize our services in this regard.

Authentication and Legalization
Our firm obtains certified documents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, routinely writes letters to state authorities to obtain state certified documents for further legalization, authentication of documents before the U.S. Department of State, and legalization of documents before all foreign embassies.

Assignments and Licensing
Our firm is fully equipped to handle all patent assignment and licensing matters. We routinely prepare assignments and have prepared and negotiated licensing agreements on behalf of our clients.

Monitoring
Our staff reviews the Official Gazettes, published weekly by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and provides specific monitor and watch services if requested.