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Caleb S.

Caleb St.-Jean Licensed in IL, Patent Bar

After working for more than five years in software development and technology consulting, Caleb St.-Jean earned his JD from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. As a patent attorney at the Law Office of Caleb St.-Jean, he is committed to seeing long-term success for his clients. He provides small companies with individualized strategies and better business ideas at an affordable price.
24 reviews
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Jonathan G.

Jonathan Grossman Licensed in IL, NY, Patent Bar

Jonathan Grossman is a business attorney and an entrepreneur. He has eight years’ experience and have worked with some of the leading law firms in the United States. He has a degree in law, which he obtained from the University of Kansas School of Law. Jonathan is licensed to practice law in Illinois and New York. He operates his own law firm and have also worked as a patent counsel at Fresenius Kabi USA for three years before starting his own business.
12 reviews
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Adam U.

Adam Urbanczyk Licensed in DC, IL, MI, Patent Bar

Adam Urbanczyk is Principal Attorney at the law group Au, LLC in Chicago, Illinois. A successful litigator, he specializes in intellectual property, business law, and patent law, and has particular expertise in software, internet, and social media issues. Adam received his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School. He is admitted to the DC, Illinois, and Patent Bars, and is also Of Counsel at Progressive Law Group.
7 reviews
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Sean G.

Sean Goodwin Licensed in IL, Patent Bar

Sean Goodwin may be located in the Midwest, but he serves clients across the United States. He focuses on entrepreneurial needs and his practice areas include everything from patents to copyrights to IP strategy. A particular area of strength and expertise for Sean is intellectual property. He is also a registered U.S. Patent Attorney.
5 reviews
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Kevin K.

Kevin Keener Licensed in IL, Patent Bar

Kevin Keener is an intellectual property attorney with almost a decade of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and he is also a member of the Illinois Patent Bar. Kevin holds a Juris Doctor in law, which he obtained after graduating from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He specializes in commercial contracts, labor and employment law, and general IP-related matters. Keener is currently a partner attorney at Keener and Associates, P.C.
2 reviews
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Anastasios G.

Anastasios Garbis Licensed in IL, Patent Bar

As a registered patent attorney, Anastasios Garbis dedicates his time to advising entrepreneurs and small businesses on intellectual property matters. At his firm, Garbis Law, LLC, he supports clients in protecting their brands, inventions, and art through accessible and transparent legal services. Mr. Garbis speaks both English and Greek at a native level.
2 reviews
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Malaika T.

Malaika Tyson Licensed in IL, Patent Bar

Malaika Tyson is an intellectual property attorney with six years’ experience. She is exceptionally skilled in dealing with legal matters that involve patents, as well as trademark and copyright law. Malaika is also experienced in dealing with mergers and acquisitions. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is also a member of the Illinois Patent Bar. Malaika obtained her law degree from the University of Chicago. She has been a partner at McAndrews, Held and Malloy since 2011.
2 reviews
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Patrick L.

Patrick Long Licensed in IL

Patrick Long is a business lawyer with more than 27 years of experience. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois. Patrick obtained his Juris Doctorate degree in law from the Loyola University Chicago College of Law. He has represented several Fortune 500 companies, including Compaq and HP. Patrick specializes in trademark and copyright law. He is also experienced in dealing with commercial contracts. Patrick started working at Discover Financial Services in January 2018.
2 reviews
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Jonathan P.

Jonathan Pasky Licensed in IN, Patent Bar

Jon is a startup and patent attorney with a goal of educating entrepreneurs about the benefits of intellectual property protection and utilization. His firm was established to cater to modern businesses and offers a flat-fee general counsel service. Jon has been involved organizing in well-attended tech events and co-founded Techweek, the country’s leading technology conference and festival.
2 reviews
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Joseph T.

Joseph Tylutki Licensed in IL

Joseph is a results-oriented General Counsel and business executive with comprehensive experience analyzing, structuring, negotiating, and executing sophisticated transactions. He is known as a trusted adviser to boards of directors, executive management teams, and key stakeholders. In addition to his legal experience, he applies his MBA to bring a business focus for his clients.
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Why Hire a Patent Attorney?

Patent law is complex. It takes a lot of research and gathering of supporting documents before application forms can be filled in and submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Since lawyers have resources not available to the public, inventors and scientists should hire a specialist in patent law to take care of the patent application process for them.

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An attorney is a licensed professional who advises clients on legal matters. Other names in the United States by which these professionals are known include "lawyer," "counsel," and "counselor."  In some countries, the term "notary public" describes someone who practices law. This is not the case in the U.S. Here, a lawyer might also be a notary, but a notary is a lawyer. Be certain that anyone you consider hiring in Chicago has a license to practice law in Illinois.

What Is a Patent?

A patent for an invention or horticultural discovery grants property rights to the inventor or scientist. The USPTO does not grant the applicant "the right to make, use, offer for sale, or sell" the invention or plant in the United States. Instead, it excludes others from doing so. The patent protects the applicant for a specified number of years.

There are three types of patents granted in the United States. A patent attorney will know which one you need.

  • Utility Patent. This type of patent is granted to an inventor or someone who "discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof."
  • Plant Patent. This type of patent is granted to a person who "discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant."
  • Design Patent. This type of patent is granted to an inventor of "a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture."
What Services Do Patent Attorneys Offer?

Among the services offered by patent lawyers are:

  • Determining whether an invention is patentable — Is it useful, novel, or innovative?
  • Performing patent research for patents awarded in the U.S. and other countries — Are there any potential cases of patent infringement?
  • Compiling required data and papers
  • Completing all application documents
  • Filing patent applications and paying associated fees

How to Find the Best Patent Attorney in Chicago

Of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., Illinois has the fourth-highest number of patent attorneys. If you know someone in Chicago who has been granted a patent, ask them for a referral. You can also browse UpCounsel for the top patent attorneys in Chicago. The following steps will help you narrow down your choices.

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  • What universities did the lawyer attend?
  • What law school did the attorney attend?
  • How long has the attorney been practicing law?
  • In what areas of business law does the attorney specialize?
  • How many clients applying for a patent has the attorney helped?

Meet With the Attorney(s)

When meeting with a patent attorney for the first time, consider the following:

  • Where is the office located?
  • What are the attorney's office hours?
  • How easy is it to get an appointment?
  • Is the office professional-looking?
  • Does the attorney understand what help you need?
  • Did the attorney pay attention to what you were saying?
  • Has the attorney applied for their own patent?
  • How much of what you need will the attorney ask a paralegal to do?
  • How many attorneys work in the office?
  • How much time does the attorney have for assisting you?

Do Your Homework

After the initial meeting, there are two more things you should consider.

  • Disciplinary Actions — Have any disciplinary actions been filed against the attorney or law firm?

  • Every state monitors the disciplinary actions filed against attorneys. In Illinois, the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, an agency of the Supreme Court of Illinois, investigates misconduct complaints against attorneys licensed in the state. Call the commission to ask if complaints have been filed against the attorneys you are considering.
  • Comfort Level — Will you be comfortable discussing your invention in detail with the attorney?
    Do you have any objections to showing your invention to the lawyer and demonstrating its use, if applicable? You need to be able to tell the attorney everything you can about your invention and feel comfortable answering truthfully all questions the lawyer asks.

Questions for a Patent Attorney

  • What services does your firm offer?
  • Have you assisted clients in my industry?
  • Have you helped clients planning a business undertaking like mine?
  • Have you worked with companies in the early stages of planning their business venture?
  • How can I protect my intellectual property?
  • Do I need to trademark anything?
  • What licenses do I need?
  • What contracts do I need?
  • Which attorney in your firm will be helping me?
  • How much time will an attorney in your firm spend each week helping me?
  • What is your firm's hourly rate?
  • Does your rate vary according to the type of work performed?

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Our experienced Chicago patent attorneys & lawyers represent individuals and businesses throughout the world with domestic and foreign patent preparation and prosecution matters. They have extensive experience handling applications from nearly every sector of technology, including biotechnology, computer hardware and software, communication networks, internet systems and methods, automotive, medical equipment, construction technology, consumer electronics, and clean technology research and development.

Our patent attorneys are of the most highly trained in the industry, requiring a scientific background, and passing a second level of testing known as the Patent Bar Examination. Thousands of patents are submitted to the patent office every day and a patent committee reviews each patent for its validity. The process requires that correctly drafted documentation present a clear case for the novelty of the invention, which is best made by a patent attorney with a higher education background in your industry.

Our Chicago patent attorneys & lawyers can help you file a provisional patent, which lasts for 1-year and allows you to immediately begin using/manufacturing your invention with the confidence that your idea is protected. These types of patents are great if you think your idea will change a lot over the next year before you file a (non-provisional) patent. These patents are easier to obtain and are less expensive but you should have a patent lawyer review your provisional patent application to insure that you are meeting your objectives when you file your patent.

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