ABOUT BOLD PATENTS

Our clients are investors, entrepreneurs, and scientists who are pushing the limits, doing what hasn’t been done before, and taking risks in the spirit of progress and positive change.

We now serve clients nationwide with patent attorneys ready to enable visionaries with top-quality patents, trade secrets, and more to dominate the competition in the market!

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THE BOLD PATENTS TEAM

J.D. HOUVENER

Patent Attorney and Founder
Seattle, WA

MAEGAN HARRIS

Chief Operating Officer
Seattle, WA

CHRISTOPHER MAYLE

Patent Attorney
Tampa, FL

HOUDA EL-JARRAH

Managing Patent Attorney
Houston, TX

WOOSHIK SHIM

Patent Attorney
Los Angeles, CA

BINITA SINGH

Patent Attorney
Portland, OR

REED RISENMAY

Patent Attorney
Bellevue, WA

MICHAEL DODD

Consulting Patent Attorney

TROY SCHMELZER

Consulting Patent Attorney

DALLAS RICHARDSON

Business Advisor
Arizona

CODY MACK

Business Advisor
Arizona

RANAE PHILLIPS

Business Advisor
Arizona

RENO WARNER

Chief Technology Officer
Seattle, WA

MARK DEHRI

Sales Development

AMIRA CARDONA

Phone Receptionist
Seattle, WA

MAI HOUVENER

Chief Administrative Officer
Seattle, WA

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BOLD PATENTS CONTRACTORS

MAKI IMAKURA

Patent Attorney
Seattle, WA

DARLINGTON N. IBEKWE

Patent Attorney
Los Angeles, CA

RANDY FENTON

Patent Agent
Hermosa Beach, CA

MATT KULSETH

Trademark Attorney
Minnesota

WHAT WE DO

US PATENT ATTORNEYS

We provide world class legal help in everything around patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and intellectual property!

Our team of business-minded Patent Attorneys work one on one with inventors to help them fully understand the patent process, determine their goals, and think strategically about how the technology can be leveraged to get them there. It’s so easy to get lost in the technical details of invention and improvement and forget to take a step back and evaluate the market readiness for certain products or services. It’s the powerful combination of patentability and marketability that makes for truly successful inventions.

We pride ourselves in delivering world-class patentability opinions. A patentability opinion comprises four major sections and must be prepared by a registered U.S. Patent Attorney. A legal opinion of this nature comprises: eligibility, novelty, non-obviousness, and utility. Eligibility analysis takes a look at whether the invention fits within the confines of the Patent Laws (machine, assembly, process, or composition of matter), or if it is more akin to an abstract idea, natural phenomenon, law of nature, or pure algorithm. Novelty is the most arduous task, and evaluates whether the invention is truly unique, and is the first of its kind in the world. Non-obviousness analysis evaluates the state of the art and confirms whether the invention, even if unique would have been obvious for someone in the field of technology based on other publications and public knowledge. Utility analysis provides a determination on whether the invention has present day utility or benefit above and beyond the prior art. Having an opinion of this gravity helps our inventors and clients make big decisions on whether to pursue patenting on their technology based on fairly objective data and risk tolerances for different art units.

We never refer our clients to other attorneys. We instead introduce them to law firms that we are already affiliated with as Of Counsel. These law firms are top-notch and have been hand selected by Bold’s leadership as qualified enough to serve our inventor clients with the myriad needs of a start-up business, emerging new technology, funding, employment issues, etc. We found in a short time after starting our practice that we really love Patent Law, but don’t enjoy doing the corporate/transactional work as much and instead of just blindly referring out our beloved clients to attorneys or firms we didn’t know so well – the solution to proactively affiliate in advance with these firms has saved us a headache and worry about whether the quality would be there for our client. We know our clients will be taken care of by our growing Bold Attorney Network. In addition to attorneys, we have proactively engaged with banks, tax specialists, IP brokers, and other ancillary business support professionals in order to have a short list of referral partners that we know our clients will be taken care of.

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HOW WE DO IT

US PATENT ATTORNEYS

We specialize in one area of law – patents & intellectual property. We are the best in our craft, hiring world-class attorneys nationwide.

  • Big Law: Patent agents or paralegals are drafting applications and working directly with clients only from high-level/strategy
  • Bold Patents: 1-1 Relationship with Bold Patents attorneys
  • Big Law: Caters to larger companies and is out of reach for individual inventors
  • Bold Patents: We Got Your Back: Agility to fully serve small inventors and entrepreneurs
  • Big Law: The firm name is named after its proud founder/owners: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Bold Patents: The Name: Our firm name is not named after an owner/founder, it’s a company, not about pride.
  • Big Law: Is beholden to a few large corporations that prevent them from serving major market segments because of their singular loyalty to a select few large clients.
  • Bold Patents: No discrimination – We serve everyone, and every technology due to having very few subject matter/client conflicts.
  • Big Law: Outsources/farms out lots of projects/works to non-employees and non-US.
  • Bold Patents: In-house: We do all of our legal work within our firm so that our Attorneys are knowledgable about each step of the way.
  • Big Law: Traditional law firm – not virtual, brick and mortar, smoke and mirrors.
  • Bold Patents: Low Overhead = More Value for You: We constantly work hard to eliminate extra costs like driving, parking, buildings, meeting rooms and utilize the latest video chat technology and conferencing to allow our consulting to be as easy as possible.
  • Big Law: Focused on just the legal work, and with narrow mindset put all of the burden on the shoulders of the inventor to monetize their invention.
  • Bold Patents: Business-Focused: Our attorneys each have industry experience and an appreciation for our business-integration to our succeed with their patentable technology, not just end up with a ribbon of copy paper.

Patentability Search

  • Takes 4-6 Weeks
  • Answer on Patentability/Scope
  • Recommended Path Forward

Initial Consultation

  • Eligibility Issues
  • Discuss Opportunities
  • Inventorship/Ownership
  • Long-Term Business Goals

Provisional Patent Application

  • Takes 6-8 Weeks
  • “Patent Pending” Status
  • Develop Enabling Disclosure
  • Specification & Drawings

Non-Provisional Patent Application

  • Takes 8-10 Weeks
  • Update Specification/Drawings
  • Draft Claim Language
  • Formal Submittal to USPTO

Note: Submittal of the Non-Provisional Patent Application “C” must be done within 1 year of submittal of the Provisional Patent Application “B” date to secure the early Provisional Priority Date.

It’s in our Name

The firm is named Bold, because that’s who we serve – the bold and brave. Our clients are inventors, entrepreneurs, and scientists that are pushing the limits, doing what hasn’t been done before, and taking big risks in the spirit of progress and positive change.

Expertise in Patent Law

Our main focus at Bold is to help inventors and business owners secure top-quality patents on their inventions. The process of getting a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is called ‘patent prosecution’, and that is our primary focus. We specialize in aerospace, healthcare, and software innovations – and stand ready to help in most any other area of patent law including utility, design, or plant patent applications. For many inventors and emerging businesses, protecting inventions (as well as other areas of intellectual property) is a big deal and often causes a lot of stress and anxiety. Our goal at Bold Patents is to take the stress and worry off your shoulders and put it squarely on ours.

Blazing our Own Trail

We serve our clients in a world-class, high-quality, high-efficiency manner. While the rest of the legal profession hangs on to what’s left of the traditional firm notion of layers of paralegals, staff, and ivory towers, we are proving again and again to our clients how much more agile, tech-savvy, and responsive Attorneys can and should be in today’s world. When you work with Bold on your invention, you’ll work directly with a USPTO registered Patent Attorney – no associates, paralegals, or unanswered questions just direct access to your attorney to get resolution quickly.

Virtual Firm

No savvy client wants to spend their time driving an hour in traffic, finding/paying for parking, and then waiting in a stuffy lobby for 30 mins more. Instead, our Bold Attorneys will set up a video conference so that we can see prototypes, drawings, sketches of your invention as if we were standing right in your own shop, office, or place of business. We want to make the process as simple and easy for you as possible, and minimize the disruptions to your day so you can get back to creating the innovations of tomorrow.

Nationwide Presence

We have direct employee Patent Attorneys that have been hand-picked from different parts of this beautiful country. In addition, Bold has proactively sought out relationships with top-notch business law firms in key technology and innovation hubs around the United States. By having these relationships, we can assure you that we have a solid connection for you should you need help with basic business law needs such as entity formation, employment law issues, or more complex investment deals, licensing, or M&A.

Federal Practice

Bold Patents, as the name suggests, specializes in patent law. Patent law is largely governed by the federal statute, Section 35 of the United States Code. Because the law is federal, and not state specific, we can serve clients and represent inventor clients nationwide. Our firm hires Patent Attorneys to represent inventors because they are highly qualified. Patent attorneys have earned a science or engineering degree, attended law school and earned a Juris Doctorate degree, passed at least one State Bar exam and then passed a separate Patent Bar examination. It is important to understand and consider how a patent may be litigated (argued in court) before or at least while the patent application is being drafted. Thus, having the credentials they do, and practicing law under only federal statutes, our Bold Patent Attorneys may serve you as long as you reside in the United States. Let us help you Go Bold!

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Three published books, hundreds of blog articles & videos around patents and intellectual property. 

WHY WE DO IT

Individuals who take action will make a positive change in humanity. We find joy in helping you change the world in your own small way by being providing world-class patent attorneys.

Each of our Patent Attorneys has a deeply aligned passion to serve inventors who innovate to not just change lives, but to make a positive change in the world. That means that our inventors cause more good in the world around us than bad – whether that’s through their invention or their business or both! Being a part of the positive change is our mission statement here at Bold Patents – it has helped us stay invigorated. Having a social cause that our team can unite around has been very powerful and keeps us all going when things get hard. It is also a very good (albeit sometimes difficult to do) filter for some clients that just don’t seem to be a good fit.

Every inventor is important, no matter their background, demographic, or current life position. At Bold, we believe strongly, that no matter your company size, financial position, or education, inventors everywhere deserve to be heard and afforded the same rights and protections under the Patent law as anyone else. Let us be your advocates! We know that larger downtown type firms will discriminate, not call you back, or ask for unreasonable amounts of money up front in order to scare you away. So much in the legal profession has been lost in this harsh filtering and classist behavior. That said, I’m calling all garage inventors, start-up companies, and emerging products from larger companies…we will not discriminate – we will not treat you any differently than a large company with hundreds of patents.

Without getting political here, Bold is very vested in inspiring and encouraging a strong U.S. economy. To have a strong economy, while there are many factors – keeping a competitive edge on other world market place ranks near the top. The U.S. in the 1900s enjoyed a huge leg up on the world in the industrial revolution. Now, well into the 2000s, we are finding that we no longer have the edge we did in the prior century – and need to continue to innovate. What the Patent Laws do, is encourage inventors to share their invention with the public via filing of a Nonprovisional Patent Application (published 18 months after filing). This sharing of information is incentivized by a limited (20 year) monopoly where the inventor is the only one that may make, use, sell, or offer to sell said intellectual property.

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BOLD PATENTS IS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY

Bold Patents is a proud donor and board member in support of Bold Innovations, which is a non-profit adolescent after-school program that focuses on project-based learning and creativity. Providing the framework, Bold Innovations strives to help inspire young minds into solving real-world problems by fostering a safe, fun and inquisitive environment. Bold Innovations has created a community for learning based out of the University of Tacoma campus. Plans to expand to the North end are underway.

Bold Patents strives to educate and inform the public about IP Law and Business Law. Our firm wants clients and non-clients alike to familiarize themselves with IP and Business Law. In order to accomplish this, Bold Patents is teaming up with The Inventor’s Launchpad in 2018 to start a podcast on the 4 pillars of IP Law: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets, and how businesses should be identifying, protecting, enforcing and monetizing those IP assets.

Bold has partnered with SURF in an educational alliance to help startups and emerging businesses in the Greater Seattle area. SURF Incubator provides open community work environments and professional resources so that businesses may receive the mentorship, facilities, and educational events to support efficient and effective growth. Bold Patents will be providing 3 courses so that businesses may Learn, Plan, and Implement patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law to grow their businesses.

Bold Patents loves to give back to the community through pro-bono legal services for low-income and modest-means artists, inventors, and those starting businesses. Bold Patents offers these intellectual property legal consulting services for those who register through and qualify for legal assistance through Wayfind. Wayfind provides business transactional pro bono opportunities to Washington attorneys, so they can efficiently and meaningfully share their expertise with nonprofits, enabling the nonprofits to focus on their missions. Wayfind finds nonprofits in need and screens them to ensure they are viable and have a ripe business transactional legal need for our volunteers.

Bold Patents is a proud sponsor of Team Child and especially the Team Child Hackathan which was a focused effort to use advances in technology to think of new ways to help serve the underprivileged youth of today with a focus on legal challenges/access to justice. From the website: “TeamChild works with youth, generally between the ages of 12-18, who come from low-income families and are involved, or at risk of involvement, in the juvenile justice system. Some of the youth we serve are facing criminal charges. Some have already been convicted and are on diversion, probation, or parole. Other youth might have contact with juvenile court because of dependency matters (foster care), or because of a Child In Need of Services (CHINS), At Risk Youth (ARY), or truancy petition.”

Bold Patents is a proud sponsor of Economic Alliance Snohomish County, which is an organization promoting stronger economic communities, increased job creation, expanded educational opportunity, and improved infrastructure. EASC accomplishes these goals by expanding partnerships, developing key resources, and building infrastructure systems to create local and regional employment centers.

Bold Patents is pleased to receive in recognition of our support of PNAA and the Northwest Aerospace Industry, a PNAA Membership Certificate. To be kept as a reminder of our involvement and to show staff and visitors that we are committed to helping maintain and improve our industry.

Bold Patents is a proud member of Washington State Patent Law Association. The WSPLA is the leading organization for patent attorneys and other patent professionals in Washington state, providing a forum for patent and other intellectual property law issues, and serving as a valuable resource for patent attorneys, agents, educators, students, and owners of intellectual property.

Bold Patents is a proud member and diligence committee member of the Keiretsu Forum, which is a global investment community of accredited private equity angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate/institutional investors. Keiretsu Forum was founded in the San Francisco East Bay in California in 2000 by Randy Williams.  Keiretsu Forum is a worldwide network of capital, resources and deal flow with 52 chapters on 3 continents. Keiretsu Forum members invest in high-quality, diverse investment opportunities. Keiretsu Forum and Keiretsu Capital (the exclusive worldwide fund partner of Keiretsu Forum) are ranked as the most active venture investors in the USA. The Keiretsu community is also strengthened through its involvement in social and charitable activities.