The journey from an idea to a patent can be a long, sometimes arduous process. Any business or individual considering obtaining a patent should work closely with a lawyer who understands the legal, technical and procedural issues potentially in play. At the Eldredge Law Firm (based in Fort Worth and Houston, with an additional office in Denver, Colorado), we have successfully guided hundreds of clients through the patent process. Our combination of value, skill and client service makes our firm a strong choice to protect your intellectual property rights.
Richard G. Eldredge has a master's degree in mechanical engineering in addition to a law degree. As an engineer and a lawyer, he has the education and experience necessary to deliver the highest levels of representation.
How Does The Patent Process Work?
At the Eldredge Law Firm, your patent starts with a free initial consultation, where attorney Eldredge will discuss candidly whether your idea meets the requirements (novel, useful and nonobvious) for a patent. If your idea is likely patentable, we will conduct a patent search to make certain that your specific invention has not already been patented.
If our patent search is successful, we will write and file the application. This is an area where our law firm excels. Attorney Eldredge can prepare the computer assisted drawings (CAD) himself, saving our firm's clients time and money. Most patents are utility patents, meaning that they are seeking patent protection for a machine, process, article of manufacture or composition of matter. There are also design patents, which cover various ornamental characteristics. Typically, we have the initial application for our client to review within a week.
At this point, we will file the application before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). At this time, you may also want to file your patent internationally. The USPTO will have a patent examiner review the application and either approve or deny the application. During this process, the patent examiner may send what is known as an office action. In an office action, the patent examiner will notify the applicant of any potential issues with the application. If there is an office action, we are prepared to present a compelling argument to the patent examiner.
Sometime after this point, the patent will either be approved or denied. This is a simplification of the process, but can give potential applicants a general idea of what to expect when working with our law firm.
Contact The Eldredge Law Firm
With offices in Fort Worth, Allen, Mansfield and Plano, as well as Denver, we represent clients across Texas, Colorado, the United States and the world. Call 682-990-2073 or contact us online to get in touch with our lawyer.