Before filing the patent: A business must evaluate the business case for filing a patent. Some inventions are not eligible for patents. Other inventions are eligible for patents but might not produce a return on the investment required to patent them. Before filing a patent, a Dallas US patent attorney can counsel businesses about the patentability of the invention, the readiness of the invention for patenting, and the scope of rights the client can reasonably expect in an issued patent.
Filing the patent: Preparing a patent application is only the first step of obtaining a patent. After filing, a patent examiner will conduct a patent search and determine if the invention is eligible for patenting under US patent law. In most cases, an office action will be sent that rejects or objects to the application. Bold Patents, a Dallas patent law firm, can help clients respond to an office action by presenting amendments and arguments. If the application receives a final rejection, a patent attorney has the knowledge and experience to help the client devise a strategy to continue to pursue the patent.
After patent issuance: US patents are not self-enforcing. Rather, the patent owner must file a lawsuit when an infringing use is identified. Before enforcing a patent, a patent owner and its patent attorney must take reasonable steps to investigate and analyze the allegedly infringing use. After patent issuance, a patent owner can also license rights under the patent to other entities. This provides the patent owner with revenue without having to manufacture or sell the patented invention. A Dallas US patent attorney has the knowledge and experience to advise a patent owner on the value of licensing terms and negotiate and draft licensing agreements.