Image Image Image Image Image
Scroll to Top

To Top

Featured Projects

What is a patent?

By Andrew

On 01, Jun 2013 | In | By Andrew

What is a patent?

In the last decade, patents have gotten a lot of attention.  We think of them as denoting  products that are “high tech.”  We think of a lone inventor toiling away at a workbench, trying in Herculean fashion to solve some intractable problem.  Lately, we’ve been taught to think of massive patent lawsuits, of tech titan versus tech titan, battling for millions of dollars.  Yet we do not often take the time to think about what a patent actually is, and what it is not.

Read more…

“I think I need a patent. I don’t know where to start.”

By Andrew

On 01, Jun 2013 | In | By Andrew

“I think I need a patent. I don’t know where to start.”

I always smile when I hear this, and being a patent agent, I hear it at least once a week. When you don’t know where to start, calling someone who does is always a good first step, but it’s difficult to know when to take that step.

Read more…

Provisional Patent Applications: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

By Andrew

On 01, Jun 2013 | In | By Andrew

Provisional Patent Applications: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

I’ve always been surprised by the number of potential clients who ask specifically about provisional patent applications. Since their introduction in 1995, provisional applications seem to have achieved a sort of “rock star” status – or, at least, more public awareness than most other aspects of the patent process.

Read more…

Getting a Patent in the U.S.

By Andrew

On 01, Jun 2013 | In | By Andrew

Getting a Patent in the U.S.

Getting a patent in the United States is an odyssey that begins when a patent application is filed. As I’ve written elsewhere, many clients begin with a provisional patent application, which remains pending for one year and then expires. Before the end of that year, if the inventor wishes to continue pursuing patent protection in the U.S., a regular utility patent application must be filed.

Read more…

International Patent Protection

On 01, Jun 2013 | In | By Andrew McAleavey

International Patent Protection

International Patent Protection

The U.S. is a part of several treaties that allow U.S. patent applicants to file patent applications abroad and get the benefit of their U.S. filings. (Foreign patent applicants get the same benefits by filing their applications in the U.S.) In short, a U.S. patent applicant can pursue patent protection virtually everywhere in the world, but the process is expensive, and the deadlines are strict. Read more…

Writing a Patent Application

By Andrew

On 01, Jun 2013 | In | By Andrew

Writing a Patent Application

Over the years, I’ve had clients give me invention disclosures in all sorts of forms, ranging from a quick phone call to a complete, written document that looks a lot like a patent application. More often, clients are uncertain at first: “What do you need from me?” they’ll ask, “What is the process of writing a patent application like?”

Read more…