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Stefan R. S.

Stefan R. Stoyanov

5 reviews
Intellectual property and technology attorney, Stefan R. Stoyanov has represented numerous clients in high-stakes patent disputes and litigations. He counsels clients in IP issues relating to M&A, franchising, investments, and licensing. Before attending law school, Mr. Stoyanov was an engineer and programmer, an experience he uses to support tech businesses.
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Steven Fairchild

3 reviews
Sometimes a business just needs the occasional helping hand with various legal issues. Steven Fairchild does freelance legal work in the New York area and brings ten years of legal experience to every request. He can help your business with contract review, intellectual property issues, corporate law, and even litigation if necessary. Mr. Fairchild can help foster your business's growth.
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Brent F.

Brent Farese

2 reviews
Brent Farese is experienced in patent applications, trademark applications, infringement and intellectual property laws. He has been licensed to practice law in New Jersey since 2010 and also applied for a license to practice law in New York two years later. Brent is an associate at Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik LLP. He is also a student at the John Lifland Inn of Court. Brent graduated from the New York Law School in 2010, where he obtained his J.D. in law.
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Sean R. W.

Sean R. Wilsusen

2 reviews
Sean R. Wilsusen has been a licensed business attorney in New York for the past five years. He has a Juris Doctor degree in law, which he received after graduating from the Hofstra University School of Law. Sean is also a member of the New York Patent Bar. He has represented numerous corporate clients, including some Fortune 500 companies like IBM and Samsung. Sean has been a patent attorney at F. Chau & Associates since April 2017.
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Gregory S.

Gregory Skiff

2 reviews
Gregory Skiff is a litigation attorney with a particular focus on labor and employment law. He has over five years of experience and is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, as well as in New York. Gregory obtained his degree in law from the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center. He has been a counselor at Cermele & Wood LLP since April 2016. Prior to this position, Gregory served as an associate at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP.
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Tara G.

Tara Gampel

2 reviews
Tara Gampel is a corporate attorney with one year of experience. She is licensed to practice law in New York and holds a J.D. in law, which she obtained from the Suffolk University Law School. Tara primarily focuses on dealing with legal cases that involve trademark and copyright law. She is also experienced in providing legal services to start-up companies and dealing with commercial contracts. Tara has been a corporate counselor at Motiva Networks since September 2017.
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Jonathan G.

Jonathan Goodman

2 reviews
Jonathan is a registered patent attorney with extensive experience helping clients ranging from independent inventors and startups to large corporations in all facets of pa... read more
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Vladimir T.

Vladimir Tsirkin

2 reviews
Vladimir Tsirkin is an experienced patent attorney who has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. In addition, he is also a member of the New York and New Jersey state bars. Whether you are in need of help with business employment matters, patents, or intellectual property protection, Attorney Tsirkin can help you. Prior to working as an attorney, Mr. Tsirkin worked in the engineering field, which allows him to connect with clients and present them with helpful tips for their technology companies.
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Keala C.

Keala Chan

2 reviews
Your patent needs are completely covered when you use Keala Chan and Chan Hubbard. Ms. Chan can obtain patents, provide expert counseling, review patent portfolio purchases, and litigate patent disputes. Her experience includes representing all types of businesses, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Her firm can also help with business formation and a variety of civil litigation matters.
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Seth G.

Seth Goldberg

1 review
Seth Goldberg is a business attorney with more than 11 years’ experience. He is licensed to practice law in New York and has a Juris Doctorate degree in law, which he obtained from the Yale Law School. Seth primarily specializes in legal cases related to securities and finances, but has experience in various other corporate legal practice areas. Since November 2015, Seth has been acting as the founder and managing partner at Goldberg LLC.
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Hiring a Patent Attorney


For many startups, the value of the business is dependent on the value of their Intellectual Property, and more specifically, the value of their patentable technologies.  In the growth stage, startups are often underdeveloped in a number of areas: they may have few employees (and a non-existent managerial culture), they may lack real property assets and equipment, and they may have a minimal brand presence.  At such an early stage, ownership of a patentable technology or process can come to represent the true value of the business.


If your startup owns what you believe to be a patentable technology or process, it is highly recommended that you seek the services of a qualified patent attorney.



Why Hire a Specialized Patent Attorney?


It is not strictly necessary that you hire a patent attorney in order to submit a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  In fact, both non-attorneys and attorneys not specialized in patent law (e.g. attorneys that have not passed the patent BAR) are entitled to draft and submit patent applications with the USPTO.


Fundamentally, it is a risky proposition to pursue a patent application without the aid of an attorney.  Laypeople are much more likely to make mistakes – both minor and significant – when submitting patent applications.  The regulation surrounding patent applications is surprisingly complex, and without the guidance of a patent attorney, you may have your application rejected for reasons that are incidental to the actual technology or process itself.


To avoid incidental rejection, it is critical that you hire a qualified attorney.  Does a specialized patent attorney make sense, however?


Certainly, a generalist startup attorney with some experience handling patent applications may be “good enough” for your purposes, but if intellectual property is the foundation of your business, it is much more important that you minimize the risk of having your patent application rejected.  When intellectual property forms the core of your value proposition, then you should take additional steps to protect such property – in this case, by hiring an attorney specialized in patent law.



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Submitting a winning patent application requires legal instincts informed by industry experience.  You will have to include details about your invention (technology or process), charts, drawings, photographs, and more.  The best patent attorneys in NYC will advise on how best to formulate the application to maximize the possibility of success.


As great patent applications are girded by genuine technical expertise, it is helpful to hire a patent attorney with industry knowledge and a technical background related to the intellectual property at-issue.  For example, if you are attempting to patent an automotive technology, look for a patent attorney who has worked with the automotive industry in the past, or who has a related technical degree.



Protecting Against Infringement


Once your patent has been granted, your patent-related legal work has just begun.  Patent infringement is a civil action, which – in the intellectual property litigation context – means that no one is looking out for your patent rights except for you and your team.  If another startup infringes on your patent, the government will not pursue legal action on your behalf.  The responsibility of identifying the infringing party and pursuing legal action against said party rests entirely on the shoulders of you and your team.



Litigation Experience is Important


To successfully protect your startup from current and potential infringement, you’ll want to work with a patent attorney who has experience on the litigation-side.  As you browse UpCounsel listings for a patent lawyer in NYC, you’ll likely find a lot of patent lawyers with experience drafting and submitting patent applications with the USPTO.  This type of “transactional” experience is useful, of course, but is not enough when it comes to protecting against infringement.


Infringement comes under the litigation umbrella.  Your attorney should therefore be experienced in patent litigation and every phase of the litigation process.  He or she should be proficient in: a) working with the potentially infringing party to come to an out-of-court compromise that is satisfactory to you and your team; b) filing a lawsuit in the event that negotiations break down; and c) pursuing the lawsuit to its natural end against the infringing party.



Contractual Protection of IP Rights


Patent protection can be eroded over the course of time if you do not include IP-protective provisions in your contracts – including but not limited to employee and independent contractor agreements, sale of goods contracts, service contracts, and other agreements.


It is important that you work closely with your attorney to draft contracts that are protective of your patent rights.  For example, you’ll likely want to include a provision in your employment and contractor agreements that assigns ownership of the work-product created by employees and independent contractors to the company.  Without this provision, there could be issues with “pieces” of your intellectual property being infringed later on, after the employees/contractors have left the company.


Most companies also include some form of a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement to ensure that trade secrets, future research and development, and other related intellectual property concerns are not revealed to competitors (and the public at-large).  There is no right or entitlement associated with this type of information.  If such information were to be leaked without a confidentiality agreement in place, the information leak could hurt your startup and you would have no legal reprieve.



Keeping Costs Down


One of the most common problems encountered by startups is that they overspend on legal fees, especially with regard to submitting patent applications.  It’s really no surprise that some startups patent applications can lead to excessive legal fees: intellectual property can be extremely valuable, so startups are usually willing to spend quite a bit to ensure that everything goes smoothly, and the patent application process is complex and often quite difficult for outsiders to understand.  Further, USPTO denial of an application may seem arbitrary.


Startups need not waste so much money early on, however.  Your patent law goals can be accomplished at a lower cost, so long as you take into account certain obvious cost-cutting measures.



Submit All Your Strongest Claims


When submitting your USPTO patent application, make sure to include all your strongest patent claims.  You can make up to 20 patent claims with a single filing, so don’t waste the opportunity.  If you fail to make all the necessary claims, you will have to spend additional funds on another filing (and your original filing may fail).



Avoid Patenting Everything


Though you may feel that your startup has multiple patentable technologies/processes, try to resist the urge to patent everything if your budget is limited.  Work with your patent lawyer to submit patent applications for those technologies and processes that are most valuable to your startup’s value proposition.  Attempting to patent minor technologies and processes can quickly escalate legal costs to excessive levels.



Be Careful About Filing Patents in Foreign Countries


Submitting patent applications in foreign countries can further escalate costs if you’re not careful.  The process may require specialized knowledge of a foreign patent regulation scheme, and may therefore require that you hire additional attorneys with experience handling patent applications in those particular countries.


Even if you are granted a patent in a foreign country, the fees may be prohibitive and enforcement may be rather lax.  Filing for patents in foreign countries is a strategy that’s generally discouraged until your startup has become truly global.

Alternatively, filing for a patent in a particular country may be sensible early on if you are specifically targeting that foreign market.


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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 New York 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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