Experienced patent attorney and ip trial lawyer, with offices in Chicago, Illinois, LaGrange, Illinois and SW Michigan (Coloma), focusing on patent application prosecution, management, protection, enforcement and infringement litigation (prosecution and defense). Alternative billing arrangements, such as flat fee billing, flat rate billing, hybrid billing, and contingency or contingent fee arrangements, are available for many matters.
Intellectual property law firm perennially ranked among the "TOP PATENT FIRMS" in the U.S. by Intellectual Property Today, a monthly publication focused on legal issues in patent, trademark and copyright law. IP law firm also perennially ranked among the "TOP TRADEMARK FIRMS" in the U.S. in Intellectual Property Today.
Using state-of-the-art computerized patent portfolio management software to register, monitor, maintain, renew and protect clients' patents worldwide.
Represented and counseled clients with respect to the sale of their patents to patent aggregetors, including purchases by Intellectual Ventures Management.
Unparalleled success in commercial and intellectual property litigation, including being lead counsel in lawsuits involving the intellectual property of such notables as Breckenridge Pharmaceutical, Inc., Albion Laboratories, Inc, J.C. Whitney & Co., Microsoft Corporation, Polo Ralph Lauren, Deston Therapeutics, L.L.C., PruGen, Inc., Rivers Edge Pharmaceuticals, L.L.C., Toll Brothers Homes, Inc., Sean John Clothing, Inc., Intel Corporation, AutoZone, Inc., PracticeWorks, Inc. (a Kodak company), Kellogg North America Company, International Truck and Engine Corporation (Navistar), CheckFree Corporation, United Brands Company, Inc., Americash Loans, LLC, Budget Rent A Car Corporation, American National Red Cross, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Cibavision Corporation, Conseco, Inc., Windermere Holding, LLC, Thomas Kincade, Experian Information Solutions, Inc., Fusion Projects, LLC, Tampico Beverages, Sazerac Company, Inc., Alliance Labs, LLC, Stratus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Sonar Products, Inc., U.S. Auto Parts Network, Inc., Gaither Tool Company, Summit Tool Company d/b/a Ken-Tool, Slep-Tone Entertainment Corporation, Coach, Inc., Coach Services, Inc., Paris Presents, Incorporated, Rucci, Inc., TJX Companies, Inc. d/b/a TJ Maxx, Aircraft Gear Corporation, Trail Gear, Inc., American Beverage Corporation, Florida Fruit Juices, Inc., LiquiTech, Inc. and Enrich Products, Inc.
WHY SHOULD INVENTORS CONSIDER USING THE SERVICES OF A REGISTERED PATENT ATTORNEY TO FILE PATENT APPLICATIONS?
The United States Patent Office generally recommends the use of registered patent attorneys by stating as follows:
"The preparation of an application for patent and the conducting of the proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) to obtain the patent is an undertaking requiring the knowledge of patent law and rules and Office practice and procedures, as well as knowledge of the scientific or technical matters involved in the particular invention.
Inventors may prepare their own applications and file them in the USPTO and conduct the proceedings themselves, but unless they are familiar with these matters or study them in detail, they may get into considerable difficulty. While a patent may be obtained in many cases by persons not skilled in this work, there would be no assurance that the patent obtained would adequately protect the particular invention.
Most inventors employ the services of registered patent attorneys or patent agents. The law gives the USPTO the power to make rules and regulations governing conduct and the recognition of patent attorneys and agents to practice before the USPTO. Persons who are not recognized by the USPTO for this practice are not permitted by law to represent inventors before the USPTO. The USPTO maintains a register of attorneys and agents. To be admitted to this register, a person must comply with the regulations prescribed by the Office, which require a showing that the person is of good moral character and of good repute and that he/she has the legal, and scientific and technical qualifications necessary to render applicants for patents a valuable service. Certain of these qualifications must be demonstrated by the passing of an examination. Those admitted to the examination must have a college degree in engineering or physical science or the equivalent of such a degree."
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