When you are considering pursuing a patent, it's important to know what to expect. The patent process can be lengthy and intensive, sometimes taking two years or more until the patent issues. Preparing a strong application - and filing it in a timely manner - are two of many keys to success.

At the Eldredge Law Firm, our attorneys have invaluable experience prosecuting hundreds of patent applications. Intellectual property law is the firm's sole focus. We partner with entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators in the Houston area and nationwide.

Here, you can obtain experienced representation throughout the patent application process for a reasonable flat-rate fee - which means no hidden costs.

Key Steps

Depending on what type of patent you are seeking - provisional or nonprovisional, utility or design, international or domestic - the process may involve varying steps. Generally, these steps include:

  • Determining whether your idea is patentable. To qualify, it must be useful, novel and nonobvious.
  • Conducting a patent search. You must ensure that the idea has not already been patented.
  • Analyzing whether to pursue a design or utility patent. Utility patents involve machines, methods, composition, processes and the like. Design patents concern ornamental characteristics.
  • Deciding whether to pursue a provisional or nonprovisional application. For utility patents, there may be some advantages to filing a provisional application before proceeding with the full, nonprovisional application.
  • Filing the application. Nonprovisional and design patent applications will go into the queue to be examined by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Responding to any office actions. The examiner may request clarifications, raise concerns or deny the application.

Leveraging All Opportunities For Success

Whichever type of patent you decide to pursue, our lawyers can help you leverage every opportunity for success. Both have backgrounds in law and science. As a result, we prepare computer assisted drawings (CADs) for patent applications in-house, saving clients the delay and expense of outsourcing this important step. We also take proactive measures to prosecute patent applications in a timely and efficient manner. For example, we will personally contact the patent examiner to discuss potential issues and resolutions - a step few other lawyers take.

Learn more about the patent process and discuss the merits of your claim during a free initial consultation. To get started, call 800-653-6423.