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As a a business owner or entrepreneur, it is important to protect your ideas and inventions. Patents can play a significant role in doing this. The patent lawyers on UpCounsel strive to provide the best legal services for individuals and businesses seeking patents in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Our patent lawyers can assist you with everything from filing your patent to protecting it against potential infringers. If you are looking for a top San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Jose, Oakland, or Marin patent attorney, post a job or give us a call at any time. We would love to hear from you and see how we can help you protect your ideas.
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The San Francisco patent lawyers on UpCounsel can help inventors prosecute (the legal term for the patent application process) and litigate. The litigation refers to the effort of enforcing existing patents when infringement has occurred. Anyone can apply for a patent, but that doesn’t mean that everyone should, and the patent agents (another term for a patent attorney) on UpCounsel can help you determine if your intellectual property, manufactured item, process, or chemical compound is appropriate for a patent.
A successful patent application not only describes the invention in great detail, it also explains in detail exactly that this invention excludes others from doing without the permission of the patent holder. If an inventor has a truly original and useful idea for a product or service - particularly if it’s technologically complex - then it’s time to get in touch with a San Francisco patent lawyer. We are assisting clients in the 94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94107, 94108, 94109, 94110, 94111, 94112,94114, 94115, 94116, 94117, 94118, 94121, 94122, 94123, 94124, 94127, 94129, 94130, 94131, 94132, 94133, 94134, 94158 zip codes.
For ideas to flourish, they must be developed and protected - filing a provisional patent with the U.S. government through your patent agent is a great way to ensure that your idea is protected while it’s in development. A provisional patent is a little like an enforced grace period. It allows the inventor to claim ‘patent pending’ status for an entire 12 months and it involves only a fraction of the work and cost of a standard patent application. It consists of text and drawings that describe how to make and use your invention - all those things you were already using to describe it yourself - and it’s a short document (often five to ten pages).
When someone has a truly unique idea for a product or service, but hasn’t completed the development, they can work with a patent attorney to file a provisional patent and buy themselves a little time to complete the development while protecting their idea.
Determining whether someone has infringed on a patent depends on an informed understanding of patent claims, which are essentially like boundaries of the patent owner’s rights. If your patent was sufficiently documented and elaborated how your product or service could not be used, then you will have the definitions you need to protect your patent. If you believe you patent has been infringed, contact your patent lawyer - he or she will be able to explain how to proceed if you believe your patent has been infringed.
Patent law is a highly specialized form of law and while everyone has the right to prepare an application and file them on their own, having the knowledge of an experienced patent lawyer means you’ll avoid certain problems - like being granted a patent only to find out it doesn’t adequately protect your invention. In essence, the patent is only as good as the patent lawyer drafting it.
Patent attorneys often hold an undergraduate degree in engineering, which helps them in determining if your invention constitutes an original idea in a specific field or industry - it also helps them determine when your patent has been infringed. When protecting your patent is important to you, having a qualified and experienced San Francisco patent lawyer in your corner is the best way to be sure you and your invention are fully protected.