Patent Preparation and Prosecution in San Francisco, CA
The law firm of Dergosits & Noah LLP assists clients throughout the world with domestic and foreign patent preparation and prosecution. We have extensive experience handling provisional, utility and design patent applications from nearly every sector of technology, including life sciences, computer hardware and software, communication networks, artificial intelligence, internet systems and methods, automotive, medical devices and instrumentation, construction technology, consumer electronics, and clean technology research and development.
When a business or inventor creates an innovative process, device, or composition of matter, or they improve upon an existing item in a new and useful way; it is important to perfect patent rights as soon as possible, especially since the U.S. patent laws are now based upon a first to file system. For many of our clients, their patents are among their most important assets, and our goal is to help them maximize the value of this intellectual property in a strategic and efficient manner.
To accomplish this, the lawyers at our intellectual property law firm take the time to understand our clients' business and their financial and technological objectives, helping us to devise cost-effective patent strategies that are in line with their budget, product development timing, and overall goals. We can suggest a variety of options that help our clients defer attorneys’ fees and filing costs until market research justifies the investment in patent protection.
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In many circumstances, before filing the patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), we conduct a thorough prior art search and analysis to determine whether the invention is actually patentable. Once we determine that a patent would likely be granted, we carefully prepare and prosecute the application, describing the invention in such a way that will maximize the protection granted.
In addition to preparing and prosecuting patents, our experienced IP litigation attorneys frequently pursue and defend patent infringement litigation on behalf of our clients. This litigation experience gives us unique insight into how patents can be challenged or avoided, enabling us to prosecute patents better to ensure maximum protection. Our extensive litigation background gives us the ability to handle any problems that arise during the preparation and prosecution process, including appealing adverse patent decisions to the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
In addition to prosecuting U.S patents, we frequently work with experienced patent attorneys from around the world to assist clients with securing patent protection outside of the United States. For more information about this aspect of our practice, please see the patent transactions page.