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IP law can be complex, this is why we recommend everyone begin with a free consultation to best assess your needs. 

Patent Eligibility Opinion & IP Assessment

You have an idea, but is it patent eligible? Almost all inventors & businesses start here for an affordable analysis with a patent attorney providing you with a clear understanding if your idea is patentable and other IP considerations.

Patentability Search

After you have determined the eligibility of your invention, the next step is to do a comprehensive search. Here you will learn if your idea already exists and gain a legal opinion on the risks associated with moving forward or not!

Provisional Patent Application

A provisional patent typically comes after the patent search and gives you patent pending status. This allows you to start to market your invention, secure investors, etc. without the threat of someone stealing your idea.

Non-Provisional Patents

After you file for your provisional patent you have 1-year to file your non-provisional patent application to receive patent granted status. Without filing your non-provisional within 1 year you will lose your ability to protect your invention.

Design Patents

In many occasions the design of your invention will play a pivotal role in competing in the marketplace. Here we protect the look & feel of your product ensuring your visionary concept remains protected.

Patent Litigation

Been unfairly accused of infringing on a patent? Did another person or company infringe on yours? We stand by ready to help you through litigation defense and plantiff-side litigation.

Trademarks

Is it even possible to trademark your business name or logo? Is it eligible? What are the benefits? Together we will help you be protected and better understand your IP risks.

Trade Secrets

Trade secrets are legally protected information usually held by companies. They are what gives your company a competitive advantage over others. It's important to devise a plan to ensure the information is safe.

And More...

We offer an array of other IP services including plant patents, international applications, patent office actions & appeals, and more! Book your free consultation to learn more!

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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

A patent is the core legal protection for inventors and their inventions. The purpose of this protection is to provide an inventor with the necessary time and space to make, use and sell his or her invention without the threat of completion. In essence, it is the right to exclude others, for a specified time period, from simultaneously building, using or selling that particular invention the marketplace.

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A patent gives the inventor the right to stop others from making, using, selling or importing the patented good s or services without permission of the patent holder. Allowing you to retain exclusive commercial rights, which is a big deal for when you look to monetize your invention. Additionally, there is the altruistic reasoning for patents, and that is as a contribution to the world at large, participating in the advance of technology as a whole.

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According to the patent statute “Any person who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine manufacture, composition of matter or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent.” This gives us the four main categories of patents.

  1. Process: A set or series of acts, in a certain order and sequence.
  2. Machine: The apparatus itself. The sum of various physical parts that carry out a process.
  3. Manufacture: An assembly or system of apparatuses.
  4. Composition of Matter: The combination and mixing of substances that form a chemical union, and changing them at the atomic level.

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For a client that wants to know what patents or publications (known as prior art) are already out in the public. This helps answer the basic question of novelty: “Is my invention or improvement really new?”

A patentability search is a vital part of any IP strategy. Patent searches can help you refine your invention, complete a successful patent application, and fully protect your intellectual property. And, a professional and comprehensive patent search can help you avoid unnecessary expenses and delays. Learn more about patent searches below.

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A Provisional Patent Application serves to establish a foothold, it is a less formal cursory patent, that once accepted by the USPTO gives you one year to test, build and refine the description and claims of your Non-Provisional application.

A Non-Provisional Patent Application requires a much more in-depth and clearly defined summary of your invention, including technical drawings, Full Claims, description and more.

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The three major types of Patents available are:

Utility: Structure, operation or composition of a machine, product or process. This covers the function of the invention.

Design: The Non-functional aspect of your creation, protecting the physical appearance and design.

Plant: A patent awarded for the invention or discovery of an asexually reproduced variety of plant, requiring the creation to be reproducible in a lab setting without the aid of mother nature.

Bold Patents prides itself on being one of the leading patent firms in the country. We specialize in patents and providing business advice. 

  1. 1-1 Counseling: Knowledgeable, licensed, registered patent attorneys communicating with you directly throughout the process.
  2. Geographically Diverse: With our virtual network of Attorneys, we have a physical presence and foundation in most major cities across the country.
  3. Unmatched Convenience: Instead of driving downtown and making you wait in large Handle the whole process from home
  4. Transparent Pricing: With our flat-rates and clear fee schedules, there is no guessing or surprise monthly bills
  5. Lean Patent Service: We’re lean and mean. Our patent attorneys are all industry-experienced and have the scientific training to get to know you and your invention quickly and efficiently.
  6. Broad Bold Network: We rely on our internal team for most everything, but when special situations arise, we have a broad network of contract and of counsel attorneys to help our clients with anything.

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  1. Not Yet: We have a very comprehensive invention disclosure process that will allow any inventor to fully disclose their invention such that any of our attorneys can fully grasp the inventive concept behind the invention.
  2. Value of NOT Knowing: We know the law, that’s our job. There comes a vast array of values that come from working with a Patent Professional. One of those is having a technical writer that does not know your particular invention yet. This will benefit you because we will not overlook any detail, or assume anything about your invention (which someone in your field might).
  3. Technical Attorneys: Each of our USPTO registered Patent Attorneys has at least a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD in a STEM or Science field, has passed a rigorous Patent Exam and gone to Law School as well as passed a State Bar. This background of intensive learning, both technical and analytical, will no doubt be of great help to understanding your invention fully
  4. Sometimes Better than You: Yes, I said it. We probably know more about your invention than you do. It’s part of our training actually, and it’s a wonderful thing for you. As you will see – in our process, our Attorneys will actually help you broaden your scope of invention to include other applications that you might not have even considered when you first disclose your first version of your invention.
  5. Research is Included: Because its our job to fully articulate and properly claim your invention – some technical research may be necessary. However, you will not be charged any additional fees for this research – it’s part of the job!

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  1. It’s up to You: Patents are a very valuable asset to any company. However, you need to be able to find a market need in order to monetize them. We provide you with the legal tools enabling you to be successful. Ultimately, you are responsible for marketing your invention. We recommend doing a patentability search with us before filing an application to determine the likelihood of your invention receiving a patent
  2. And then some. You’ll find that through the invention process, it will open up your eyes to a multitude of innovation spin-offs that stem from one core technology. You want to get a patent not only for the immediate technology you’ve developed, but also to secure your place in emerging markets related to that technology.
  3. Liability Avoidance: Going through the patent search process, will enlighten you to a landscape of enforceable patents that others own, and will guide your path into the market to avoid infringing someone else’s rights
  4. Money, Money, Money: Patents bring most of their financial benefit by preventing competition (for a limited time). This means that you are the only one able to make, use, sell or import your invention into the US. Patents can also be transfered, like any other piece of real or tangible property in order to reap a license royalty or through a lump-sum sale.

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  1. Absolutely: You get protection in the sense you have a right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States.
  2. Preventing Infringement: US Patent Laws enable rights holders to prevent those infringing activities AND collect a reasonable royalty OR your lost profits from the infringement
  3. Exclusivity for Improvements: You can continue to develop your technology and make improvements within the claimed scope of the patent while others would need to license it from you.

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  1. Without a Patent, there’s nothing to license: The idea of “licensing” is providing to one or more party some subset of your rights you own; without havnig documented IP ownership, there is essentially nothing to license.  
  2. Know when to Patent: If your invention, once sold on the open market, can be reverse engineered, you need a patent if you want to continue to monetize it. Otherwise, disclosing your invention for manufacturing without a patent could lead to it passing into the public domain. Then you would have no intellectual property rights to your product!
  3. Beware of Sharks: There are many invention brokering companies that will tell you “you don’t need a patent” to do a deal…but be VERY wary of these organizations. Without a patent, there is NOTHING keeping Kevin O’Leary from stealing your product and selling it without your permission – not so “wonderful” is it?
  4. Protection Outside of Patents: Don’t worry if your product isn’t patent eligible, we might be able to secure intellectual property protection under copyright or trademark.

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  2. Not for your “Baby”: There may be a time for using bargain legal services, but protecting your intellectual property is not one of them. A subpar/unskilled drafted patent application likely claims less protection than a properly drafted patent from a patent attorney
  3. Patent Attorneys, not merely Agents: Many low-budget patent operations are comprised of Patent Agents (those technical writers that do not have law degrees). Without law degrees, an understanding of recent case law and how patents should be crafted to broaden scopes and avoid rejection/issues down the road is invaluable.
    1. We are specially trained professionals who focus on securing intellectual property protection for our clients and supporting their business needs.
    2. We know the law – recent cases, decisions, and latest updates on how examiners will review claims
    3. We know the lingo of the examiners at the Patent and Trademark Office.
    4. We know legal nuances and rule exceptions that can get a difficult/complicated/ patent application approved and issued.