Patentability: An invention must be novel and non-obvious to be patented. To assess patentability, Bold Patents, a Tampa patent law firm, conducts a patent search and compares the invention to the prior art. Novelty means that the invention includes at least one feature not found in the prior art and non-obviousness means the invention is not a combination of, or variation on, features found in the prior art.
Patent drafting and prosecution: The patent filing process begins by drafting a patent application. A patent lawyer uses the patentability analysis to focus the patent application’s claims on the patentable features of the invention. After filing, the patent lawyer shepherds the patent application through the US Patent Office.
Patent infringement: A patent is infringed when a patented invention is made, used, sold, offered for sale, or imported without the patent owner’s permission. A patent attorney can analyze a potentially infringing use for an accused infringer or a patent owner to assess the merits of the patent infringement claim.