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Richard E.

Richard Eldredge

112 reviews
Richard Eldredge is a corporate attorney and a professor of law. He has over seven years of experience and is licensed to practice law in Texas. Richard is experienced in patents and business formation, as well as trademark and copyright law. He received his degree in law from the La Verne College of Law. He has represented BNSF Railroad, Bell Helicopter and many other corporate clients. Richard has been a patent attorney and engineer at the Eldrege Law Firm since September 2005.
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William C.

William Childs

2 reviews
William Childs is a patent attorney that specializes in helping businesses deal with patents. He first graduated from The College of William and Mary in 1997. William obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2004 and completed his J.D. at the Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2008. He has been operating and assisting businesses for more than seven years. William focuses on patents for business inventions and helps businesses minimize their risk of patent infringement during the launch of new products.
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Darryl S.

Darryl Scott

2 reviews
Darryl Scott is an attorney at law with more than eight years of experience. He has been licensed to practice law in Texas and is also a member of the Texas Patent Bar. Darryl obtained his degree in law from the South Texas College of Law. Darryl primarily specializes in patents. He is also experienced in trademark and copyright law. Darryl has been serving as an attorney at Howard L. Speight, PLLC, since June 2014.
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Trang Q. T.

Trang Q. Tran

Tran is a trial lawyer who constantly works on honing his skills and improving his craft. His firm, Tran Law Firm LLP, is mainly focused on civil litigation involving commercial disputes and employment law, which involves all aspects of employment litigation and counseling. Tran has been rated by Super Lawyers and is a member of 10 organizations outside of his practice.
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Shannon W.

Shannon Warren

Shannon Warren is a registered Texas patent attorney and founder of the Law Office of Shannon Warren, PLLC. He has expertise in computer science, agricultural devices, software, and wind energy, among others. Shannon received a J.D. from the South Texas College of Law. He also holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M. Before attending law school, he was an engineer and database administrator.
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Lesley O.

Lesley O'connor

Lesley O’Connor is a corporate attorney who primarily specializes in commercial transactions and litigation. She has three years of experience and is licensed to practice law in Texas. Lesley received her Juris Doctor in law from the University of Houston. Some of her most recent corporate clients include the Icon Bank Texas and The O’Gara Group. She has been a senior associate attorney at O’Connor And Craig since August 2013.
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Anil A.

Anil Ali

Anil's firm is an intellectual property and business law firm dedicated to ensuring their clients' intellectual property rights and ideas are protected so their dreams can come true. As an attorney registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office with the ability to tackle any scientific field, Anil can help clients achieve their intellectual property goals.
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Cole D.

Cole Duncan

Cole Duncan brings a wide breadth of knowledge to Polsinelli PC with his former training as a graduate research assistant, legal extern, sales associate, and teaching assistant. Possessing skills ranging from having a Ph.D. in chemistry to patent protection, Cole Duncan is especially knowledgeable in cases involving polymer chemistry, nanotechnology, and materials science.
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Christopher U.

Christopher Usrey

11 reviews
Christopher Usrey has been licensed to provide corporate legal services in Texas for the past 16 years. He has extensive experience in commercial contracts, trademark law, business formation and employment law. Christopher obtained his legal degree from the Boston University School of Law. He has been a managing member at VCounsel since November 2011. Prior to this position, Christopher was a senior counselor at VCE and a corporate counselor at Huawei.
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Brandon L.

Brandon Leavitt

4 reviews
Brandon Leavitt combines his experience as an entrepreneur and his skills as a corporate attorney to assist his clients in the best ways possible. He has more than six years of experience and is licensed to practice law in Texas. Brandon obtained his J.D. in law from the Pepperdine University School of Law. He specializes in trademark and copyright law, as well as commercial contracts. Brandon has been a managing partner at the Eldredge Law Firm since October 2014.
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The United States Patent and Trademark Office doesn't require an inventor to have a patent attorney complete their application for a patent. However, the paperwork is complicated, and it is easy to omit needed facts. Inventors should hire one of the best patent attorneys in Houston to apply for a patent on their behalf. That way, they have the assurance that their application, prepared by an expert in patent law, isn't missing any necessary information.

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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. Although a U.S. lawyer might be a notary, a notary is a lawyer. Be certain that any attorney you hire in Houston has a license to practice law in Texas.

What Is a Patent?

A patent for an invention is the granting of property rights to the inventor. The USPTO grants the patent holder "the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling" the invention in the United States.

There are three types of patents. A patent attorney will help you decide which one you need.

  • Utility Patent: 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"
  • Design Patent: Granted to an inventor of "a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture"
  • Plant Patent: Granted to a person who "discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant"
What Services Do Patent Attorneys Offer?

Among the services generally offered by patent lawyers are:

  • Determining whether an invention is patentable. Is it innovative, novel, or useful?
  • Compiling any data, drawings, and other papers required to complete the application documents.
  • Performing patent research for patents awarded in the United States and other countries. Are there any potential cases of patent infringement?
  • Filing a patent application with the USPTO.
  • Paying the patent application fees.

How to Find the Best Patent Attorney in Houston

The procedure for finding the best patent attorney in Houston is the same as in any city.

UpCounsel lists the top patent attorneys in Houston. However, if someone you trust submitted a patent application in Houston, you may also want to ask that person which attorney they used.

Once you have the names of attorneys who might help you, there are several steps you must take.

Read the Attorney Profiles

As you read through the attorney profiles, make note of the following:

  • What universities did the lawyer attend?
  • What law school did the attorney attend?
  • How long has the attorney been practicing law?
  • What are the attorney's areas of expertise within business law?
  • How many inventors applying for a patent has the attorney helped?
At the Initial Meeting with the Attorney

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 a 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?
After the Initial Meeting

There are also steps to take and points to consider after the first meeting.

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

Every state monitors the disciplinary actions filed against attorneys. In Texas, the Board of Disciplinary Appeals, an independent statewide adjudicatory body of 12 attorneys, hears disciplinary cases. The board follows the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure. 

  • Comfort Level — Will you be comfortable discussing all phases in the creation of your invention 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 answer 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 Houston 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.

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Our Houston 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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