How We Are Different
When it comes to simple inventions, that are shy of rocket science, we beat the huge and prestigious patent law firms at patenting. We do it by meticulously honing in on the special needs of independent inventors like you, who have homegrown inventions and limited resources. Your needs include the most thorough searching, detailed examination of invention ideas, and expert legal advice, all at an affordable price.
Contrary to what you may imagine, patenting small, simple inventions is not simple. The reason is that the examiners in the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) may view your proposed patent as 'obvious'. Here obvious means that one with average skill may be able to conceive of your invention based on already existing patents. To 'show' obviousness, the examiner may put together several diverse patents to 'suggest' your invention. This is a very common response to patent applications, and you are then forced to convince the examiner that your idea is not obvious. If you respond to the examiner, answering every point he raised, and he still insists that your invention is 'obvious', you've pretty much had it. Appeals from final rejection are expensive, time consuming and less than 13% successful.
Our route to avoiding these pitfalls begins with a very thorough patent search and evaluation. This gives us an excellent knowledge on all the prior patents that relate to yours. This knowledge helps us to write your patent application in such a way, that it will not appear to be the obvious result of existing patents. Many patent lawyers typically subcontract out their patent searches. You never know what kind of results youll get. Some researchers are very good and some are not. The second most common breach of ethics found of patent agents before the USPTO, is the failure to conduct adequate patent searches.
Thoroughly knowing the prior art (the existing patents) is especially critical for patenting 'simple' inventions. Therefore we take several steps to make sure we cover as many angles as possible. First, we make sure that we establish teaching in your patent application that is not in the prior art. Second, we work hand in glove with you, the inventor, to quantize the information whenever possible (i.e., specify the range of this or that physical, chemical or mathematical parameter). Third, we do a 'Lemelson' on your invention. Jerome Lemelson is an inventor who literally made billions of dollars conceiving improvements on others' inventions and patenting them. We try to follow in his footsteps by helping you devise as many improvements on your invention before your patent application is filed. Fourth, we believe that we have the best patent counsel in the business for independent inventors. No matter how well our research is done the USPTO examiners will almost always respond with very difficult questions that must be answered to their satisfaction. This requires the intimate knowledge of patent law and procedure that our legal counsel provides. Our counsel has at least 2632 patents issued under his aegis. Simply put, he is a master.
In short, we beat the living daylights out of the prior art, thoroughly evaluate your invention and then file and fight for your patent under the aegis of a master. You could not afford to pay most law firms to do this, assuming that you had the good fortune to find one both willing and able to so perform.