A utility patent is far and away the most common type of patent issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In fact, according to the USPTO, roughly 90 percent of patent documents have been utility patents. Specifically, a utility patent protects a new and useful process, machine, manufacture or composition. A utility patent can also cover a new and useful improvement of a process, machine, manufacture or composition.
The process to acquire a utility patent is very complex. As a result, knowledgeable legal counsel is a must at the earliest stages. Based in Fort Worth and Houston, with an additional location in Denver, Colorado, utility patent lawyer Richard G. Eldredge of the Eldredge Law Firm has the extensive experience and skill required to effectively manage this process. While based in Texas, our firm represents clients nationally and internationally.
How Does The Utility Patent Process Work?
Before deciding to file a specific patent application, there are a number of strategic considerations. For instance, you must determine whether you need international protection or if you only require domestic protection. In addition, it is important to consider whether you require a nonprovisional or a provisional patent. Having completed the patent process for hundreds of clients, Mr. Eldredge can advise you as to the immediate and long-term consequences of each of these courses of action.
Once we have determined how to proceed, our law firm will expedite your patent application as quickly and effectively as possible. Because we have handled so many of these processes, we recognize what the patent examiners are looking for, and how to overcome possible obstacles. For example, a patent examiner, when reviewing your application, may find features associated with your patent application in multiple other patents. This could prevent your idea from receiving a patent or create unnecessary delay. By knowing what to look for, our attorney can present a compelling application that avoids potential pitfalls.
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