SPARK ATTORNEY PATENT SERVICES
Protect Your Brilliant Idea
Don’t let the spark of your idea or invention be snuffed out, or stolen, limited, or infringed upon by others. Seek our patent attorney services and create protection that can put an impenetrable shield around your original concept. We specialize in Patents and Intellectual Property (IP Patent Law), which are at the very core of Spark IP excellence, experience and expertise.
We work diligently with clients like you to obtain patent protection to protect an invention and exclude all others from making, using, selling, offering to sell, or importing any similar invention or unique product for a limited period of time. For this right, you agree to disclose the invention to the public – and let the universe applaud your idea. Speaking of disclosure, we specialize in agreements for non-disclosure (NDAs) to further protect your idea.
Entrepreneurs, those who need a start-up patent, ingenious technologists, and even dentists sink their teeth into our counseling and IP services because they know we can not only protect them; we can give them (and you) a keen competitive advantage and increase the business value of their idea once it is granted and protected.
Our Full-Protection Patent Process
Every successful patent launch is fueled by Spark IP Counseling Strategy—a carefully constructed flight plan we design with you to decide where you want to go with your idea and what you want to do with it. Are you seeking a U.S. patent alone or want to launch in global markets? Will a patent help you with capitalization and investor support? What are your budget constraints, and how can we creatively work with them to launch and protect your entrepreneurial idea?
If you need us to file a patent application, we need to know if it’s provisional or non-provisional. You may want to start with a Provisional Application, the simple, economical way to begin protecting your idea while you further develop it.
Dealing with Shifts
Change is always a constant with regard to new patent-related rulings. For example:
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled on several cases that have impacted patent law in the U.S., specifically with regard to what is eligible subject matter for patent protection under 35 U.S.C. §101. The fields affected by these cases tend to be in the life sciences and computer-related areas, as well as business method patents. In 2014, the USPTO released a set of guidelines to help applicants and examiners alike make sense of the new laws and determine what may qualify as an abstract idea and whether a claimed invention is directed to something more than an abstract idea. You might try to grasp the guidelines yourself, or use our understanding of “legalese” in the patent arena to provide a translation on how it all impacts you and your idea.
In 2011, there was major patent reform as a result of the Leahy-Smith American Invents Act (AIA). A number of the provisions have gone into effect over the last few years as the entire U.S. Patent system continues to move from a “First-to-Invent” system to a “First-to-File” system. Are you ready to file now or soon? It could make all the difference.
As an extension of the Leahy-Smith Act, AIA Post Grant Opposition Proceedings now allow anyone (although not anonymously) to file a petition and submit evidence to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to challenge the validity of newly-granted patents under limited grounds. There are a host of new options beyond traditional Ex Parte Reexamination. Let us assist you determining whether traditional Ex Parte reexamination or one of these post-AIA proceedings is best for you.
The Appealing Part of the Process
Even if your patent application has been rejected, we may be able to challenge the rejection and with an intelligent, carefully-constructed and dynamically-presented appeal to the Patent Trade Mark Appeal Board (PTAB). Let’s spark a conversation about options available to you taking changes to the America Invent Act of 2011 into account. In IP Patent Law, we know protecting your turf or claiming it is always appealing.
International Design Patents under Hague Agreement
Spark IP Law keeps you informed of the latest patent news and developments, such as how the US recently signed the Hague Agreement, and how it simplifies international design patent filing. Many of you will be pleased to know, that, as of May 13, 2015, U.S. applicants can conveniently file a single international design patent application for obtaining protection for up to 100 industrial designs using the international registration system under The Hague Agreement—and U.S. design patents based on applications filed on or after May 13, 2015 will have a 15 year term from issuance.
Our Complete Patent Services Include:
- Patent Strategy Development and Execution
- Preparation and prosecution of utility patent applications
- Preparation of PCT patent applications for international protection
- Preparation and filing of international design patent applications under Hague Agreement
- Patent portfolio development
- Non-Disclosure Agreements
- Opinions of Counsel
- AIA Post Grant Proceedings
- Filings of U.S. national stage patent applications for foreign firms
- USPTO appeals and re-exams