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Fresno Patent Attorneys & Lawyers

Gloria M. Steinberg Patent Lawyer for Fresno, CA

Gloria is a well-rounded patent attorney who runs her boutique law firm Steinberg Intellectual Property Law, LLP. She has filed hundreds of patent applications relating to software, telecommunications, biotech, and consumer products. During her free time, she is active in the legal community as a member of several intellectual property law associations and managing her blog
199 reviews

Johnny Manriquez Patent Lawyer for Fresno, CA

Johnny Manriques is a patent attorney with extensive experience in dealing with cases that involves intellectual property law and related legal matters. He has more than 14 years of experience and is licensed to practice law in California. Johnny is registered with the State Bar of California. He has a Juris Doctor degree in law. Johnny recently started his own firm, but worked with Procopio Cory for three years prior to starting his own law office.
96 reviews

Irvin Tyan Patent Lawyer for Fresno, CA

Navigating the legal world as a startup can be intimidating and overwhelming. That is why experienced attorneys like Irvin Tyan are an absolute must-have. Mr. Tyan can help your startup with a variety of issues, including intellectual property, contract drafting, portfolio analysis, and commercial litigation. He can also help with employment issues and competitive landscape analysis.
43 reviews

Michael Ries Patent Lawyer for Fresno, CA

Michael Ries is an intellectual property attorney. He mainly works on cases that involve patent and trademark applications. Michael obtained his Masters of Law at The John Marshall Law School. He is registered with the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property section, as well as with the American Intellectual Property Association. Michael also deals with foreign and foreign originating U.S. patents.

Sean Lynch Patent Lawyer for Fresno, CA

Sean is an intellectual property attorney living in California who specializes in patent, copyright, and trademark law. He also provides services related to growing startups and maintaining successful intellectual property portfolios. When working with startups, he particularly enjoys building intellectual property portfolios that can grow their business.
1 review

Kanika Radhakrishnan Patent Lawyer for Fresno, CA

Kanika is an experienced Patent Attorney and Managing Partner of Evergreen Valley Law Group in Silicon Valley, which serves innovative entrepreneurs with backgrounds in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science. She has filed over 5,000 patent applications in the U.S. and worldwide with a successful track record of obtaining patents for clients.
259 reviews

Jack Jacobs Patent Lawyer for Fresno, CA

Jack Jacobs is a corporate attorney that solely focuses on presenting clients in the renewable energy industry. He has more than 16 years of experience and is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts. Jack obtained his Juris Doctor in law from the Vermont Law School. Some of his recent clients include Samba Energy, Distributed Sun and Borrego Solar. Jack Jacobs founded Cleantech Law Partners in April 2009, where he now acts as a managing partner.
1 review

Sunil Singh Patent Lawyer for Fresno, CA

Sunil Singh is a business lawyer with a primary focus on intellectual property law. He has more than 19 years of experience and is licensed to practice law in California. Sunil has represented numerous corporate clients, including NTHerma, Inc., Astraea, Inc. and DiCE Molecules, SV, LLC. He has a Juris Doctor degree in law, which he received from the Hastings College of the Law. Sunil has been a counselor at Syndicale Law, P.C. since January 2010.

Campbell Yore Patent Lawyer for Fresno, CA

Campbell once worked for the USPTO as a legal extern and is now a patent agent for CIL. He can draft many patent applications - such as computer science, software, electrical device, mechanical device, and business method patents. In 2016, he graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law with a J.D., High Tech Law Certificate with Corporate Specialization. He has experience in chemistry, biomaterials, and worked as a software engineer developing NLP tools and machine learning models.
1 review

Carlos Perez Patent Lawyer for Fresno, CA

Carlos Perez has represented high-stake clients, including Facebook, Google and AMD. He primarily focuses on patents, but has experience in numerous business practice areas. Carlos is the founder of his own law firm, where he specializes in the preparation and prosecution of patents, as well as business litigation matters. He was also an associate at Baker Botts and Baker & McKenzie before he started his own law firm.
26 reviews


How to Patent an Idea

Learning how to patent an idea is an important process to understand so you can protect your ideas from others copying and profiting from your hard work.

Unfortunately, the filing process can be scary if you’ve never done it before. Taking an idea from conception to patent requires a large investment of time to research your idea and its market, create detailed drawings, and learn how to write clearly using very specific terminology.

If you follow our 5 easy steps you can protect your million dollar idea from competitors. However, as an important note, it is strongly recommended that you always consult with an experienced patent attorney for reasons outlined at the bottom of this article.

To begin patenting your idea, you must understand what a patent is:

What is A Patent?

A patent is a legal grant or license from the USPTO that gives an inventor exclusive ownership rights to his or her invention over making, using, offering for sale, and selling the patented item or idea in the U.S.

What is not given is the right to make, use, offer for sale, sell, or import the idea. For example, if you get a patent for baby formula, it doesn't mean you have the right to sell or market your baby formula before passing through lots of regulations and tests. You only have the right to prevent others from selling or marketing what is covered in your patent claims.

Types of Patents:

There are three types of basic patents recognized by the USPTO:

  • A Utility Patent is the most common patent type and is used for approximately 90% of patents. According to the USPTO, a utility patent is issued for the invention of a “new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or a new and useful improvement thereof…” Utility patents protect its holder’s rights for up to twenty years from the date of patent application filing.

  • A Design Patent is issued for a “new, original, and ornamental design embodied in or applied to an article of manufacture…” In general terms, while a utility patent protects the way a product is used and works, a design patent protects the way a product looks.

  • A Plant Patent is issued for a “new and distinct, invented or discovered asexually reproduced plant…”


Provisional Patent Application: What is it?

A provisional patent application is a type of patent application filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office. Under US patent laws that went into effect in 2013, an applicant who is the first to file a patent application for a new invention has an effective filing date over those who file later. The provisional application is a lower cost application that allows you to gain first to file status quickly.

However, a provisional patent application does not become a granted patent and is not examined on its merits.Formal examination that leads to patent grant is delayed during the provisional application period. It is a sort of holding place, for up to one year, to document your invention date and gain first to file status. To obtain a patent on the invention, you must file a non-provisional patent application.

A non-provisional patent application is a highly detailed application that will be examined by a USPTO patent examiner and can become a granted patent. A granted patent can fully protect your invention and be enforced against others. You can also claim the benefit of your provisional filing date in your non-provisional application, if it’s filed within 12 months after your provisional filing.

You may file a non-provisional application initially. However, a provisional application affords you time to complete the detailed and more expensive non-provisional application and develop your invention into a market ready asset. In addition, the 20 year patent term does not start to elapse during the provisional pendency time. Therefore, you effectively get an extra year of patent protection.

Compared to its related non-provisional application, a provisional application can be filed with an abbreviated disclosure. Formal patent claims, an oath or declaration, and an information disclosure statement of prior art are not required. Drawings are not required unless they are necessary to understand your invention. Curiously, they usually are necessary. If you have any question about whether drawings are necessary to understand your invention, then include them.  

Keep in mind that a provisional filing must meet US patentability requirements. It must also include enough details to be a complete template for the non-provisional filing. If an examiner decides that your non-provisional filing is too different, then you will lose the benefit of your provisional filing date for any new subject matter. The examiner may believe that the differences show that you were not in “possession” of your invention. The scope of your provisional disclosure must fully support your non-provisional application to avoid such new matter rejections. That includes text and drawings.

When you evaluate which type of application to file, consider how long it will take to develop your invention into a product and its viable market life. For example, a long development time or a long market life often favor filing a provisional application. In part, that’s because your 20 year patent term clock does not start ticking away during the time that the provisional application is pending.

The level of innovation in your field of interest, urgency to obtain a granted patent, and investor demands, are examples of factors that may complicate your filing decisions. Each situation is unique. An experienced patent attorney will help you make an optimum choice between filing a provisional or non-provisional patent application.


What Is a Patent Infringement Case?

Patent infringement cases result when a patent owner, or any entity who holds sufficient interest in a U.S. patent, files legal action against someone they claim is using the patented creation without permission.

Your defenses in a patent infringement case can include:

  • Invalidating the patent
  • Claiming non-infringement
  • Citing prior use, first sale or repair doctrines, inequitable conduct, patent misuse, or limitation on rights
  • Laches, formerly an important defense, may soon no longer be valid

Overview of a United States Patent

United States patents are issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). They cover all useful and non-obvious inventions. A patent gives you the right to prevent others from making, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing the patented invention.

There are, in general, three varieties of patents:

  • Utility patents — these protect useful and new inventions. They are what people usually mean when they say "patent."
  • Design patents — these protect the way something looks.
  • Plant patents — these provide protection for new and distinct plant varieties that have been asexually reproduced under controlled conditions.

Patents filed before June 8, 1995, provide protection of 17 years from the date of issue, or 20 years from the filing date — whichever is longer. Patents filed later provide protection of 20 years from the date of filing.

A patent includes the following elements:

  • Cover Page — includes:
    • the filing date
    • date of issuance
    • title
    • inventors' names,
    • assignee (if any)
  • Specification and Claims — this is the main body of the patent, which includes:
    • complete description
    • background
    • technological background
    • figures
    • drawings
    • the scope of the invention
    • claims of ownership 
    • assertion of rights to exclude others
    • outlines of each element and limitation of each apparatus or method of the invention that is covered under the patent 

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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Fresno Patent Attorneys

Our experienced Fresno 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 Fresno 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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