Dallas Lawyers Assisting With Patent Applications
If you are an inventor who wishes to obtain a patent in the United States, you should consider filing a U.S. patent application. At the law firm of Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C., we can walk you through the application process and answer your questions along the way. We assist with both provisional and nonprovisional patent applications.
Before filing a patent application, a prior art search can be conducted to determine whether your intention is novel and not obvious. While the results of the search can be advantageous and helpful in deciding whether to pursue patent protection, the law does not require that a search be completed. However, in the event that you do have a search performed, we can assist you in that patentability or prior art search.
Procuring a patent for your invention is a lengthy process and involves many steps. Patent grants are not easily obtained. That is why it is important to have a knowledgeable and aggressive patent attorney representing you. We will assist you throughout every step of the process, standing by your side and fighting for you and your rights.
If you have already filed a patent application and received an Office Action from the Patent Office, we can help you determine how to respond. Additionally, we provide assistance and representation in preparing and filing patent application appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Contact us by calling (214) 317-4448 or filling out an online contact request form.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Filing a patent can be a complicated and time-consuming procedure. Patent protection is often limited to what is included in the patent application, so it is essential that the application is prepared correctly. Patent applications must include all the necessary information that demonstrates an invention as new, useful, and non-obvious.
Although a patent application can be filed without the help of a legal professional, this is not recommended. If there is any improper or incomplete disclosure, the invention or patent may result in little protection, or the patent application may be rejected. You need experienced patent attorneys licensed with the state and registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office who will guide you through the patenting process to ensure that your application is granted, and your invention is protected.
Why Choose Us?
The Dallas patent law attorneys of Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C. have represented a variety of business clients for over three decades in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area and throughout the state of Texas. Our attorneys are committed to helping you fill out both provisional and nonprovisional design and utility patent applications. One of our founders, Aaron P. Peacock, is a registered attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office with years of experience in intellectual property and patent law.
Our lawyers understand the complex processes that are involved with registering and protecting patents for both businesses and entrepreneurs. When you hire us, we will provide guidance on getting your patent application through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office smoothly and efficiently, without complications that you may encounter on your own. We also use a unique group work system, so your case will benefit from the unique and varied perspectives of a diverse group of lawyers, rather than one single person.
Provisional and Nonprovisional Patent Applications
Our lawyers have extensive experience providing counsel and guidance for provisional and nonprovisional utility and design patent applications. We understand the significant financial implications associated with each type of patent application. Depending on your goals, you may benefit from filing a provisional patent application, which provides specific legal advantages for one year from the filing date. During that time, you could conduct market research, pursue investors and evaluate licensing options. However, if you do not file a nonprovisional patent application by the expiration of the one-year period, you lose the benefit of the provisional patent application.
If a patent is issued by the USPTO, the patentee generally retains the rights in the patent for 20 years from the date of filing. Our attorneys can guide you through the decision-making process and filing process for both utility and design patents.
Additionally, if your patent application has been rejected, we can help you identify and take the next appropriate legal steps.
Utility and Design Patent Applications
If you are the first person or business to invent something, it does not guarantee that you will automatically own a patent or even have a right to a patent. Sometimes all it takes is to be the first person to submit the application with the USPTO. Don’t miss your opportunity; let Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C. handle your patent application.
You may not be sure what type of patent is needed: either a provisional or nonprovisional application that covers your invention’s functional aspects or a design application covering the aesthetics related to your product. Our attorneys can explain the advantages and disadvantages of the types of patent applications as well as propose a particular patent application that will work for your needs.
Utility patents help protect the functional aspects of an invention. Utility patents also prevent others from making, using, selling, offering to sell or importing competing goods or services that would violate the patent. Utility patents protect inventions that are new and not included in any existing state-of-the-art search. A utility patent can be directed to any manufactured goods or a process, which may include the following:
- Computer systems and software
- Medical devices
- Financial technology
Design patents cover manufactured goods that are in the market based on their design. Design patents protect the aesthetic factors of these goods. For example, a design patent might include a specific tread pattern on the bottom of a shoe that has a unique appearance, and this design element is included as part of the patent.
What Happens After a Patent Application is Filed?
Once a patent application is filed, the patent office receives the complete patent application, and it is placed in the examiners’ queue. It takes 21 months on average for a patent examiner to get to your patent application; longer if there is a huge backlog of applications. Sometimes the time may be shortened if a priority examination is requested and granted.
When the patent application is received, the examiner conducts a prior art search (which means a search of the prior patents that were filed) to see whether your invention is considered new and meets certain patentability requirements.
Most applications are rejected (or another objection is raised) the first time the patent application is filed. Examiner’s rejections or objections are outlined in an office action that explains the reasons for the denial or objections. Most of the time, the office action is not the end result, and it allows the attorney to start a patent prosecution negotiation with the patent examiner.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
If you need assistance with patent law, the attorneys at Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C. can help. To find out how to apply for a U.S. patent, schedule a consultation at our Dallas, Texas, law office. Contact us online or call (214) 317-4448.