Every day, inventors develop new and exciting methods and machines that may be valuable to the inventor. These inventions may either be new systems or improvements on existing systems. Whether you’re an employee or an independent inventor, it is essential to protect your invention by filing a patent.
A variety of factors contribute to the total cost of a patent search. However, you can expect to pay between $1,000 and $3,000 depending on the type of invention. As a general rule, the more complex the invention is, the more you can expect to pay. This is because more complicated inventions will require deeper research into existing patents and applications.
Although you can conduct a patent search yourself, hiring an attorney allows you to get the most out of a search. Unfamiliarity with what to look for and where to search may result in ineffective and time-consuming search efforts. However, a patent search attorney will have experience conducting these searches and will have a better idea of what information will be needed to assess the patentability of your invention.
A patent attorney has three prominent roles. First, they will help you prepare and file your patent application. In addition to being a lawyer, a patent attorney is someone with a scientific or technical background. As a result, they are better able to understand your invention and the prior art. This expertise is crucial in drafting your patent application and prosecution your patent application before the USPTO. It also means that they are well-equipped to answer your questions about the nature of your invention, its commercial potential, and whether a patent is proper for you.
Second, a patent attorney acts as your guide in selling or licensing your patent. Many inventors wish to benefit from their inventions by licensing or selling their patent rights to others. A patent attorney can help you draft and negotiate licensing or assignment agreements and provide advice on the value of your patent.
Finally, a patent attorney helps you enforce your patent rights. If someone else infringes on your patent rights by using or selling your invention without your permission, a patent attorney can help you fight the infringer in court. If someone challenges the validity of your patent, a patent attorney represents you in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal board.
In all cases, a patent attorney is there to help you with all aspects of your patent. Their combination of expertise makes them uniquely qualified to deal with the kinds of complex and technical issues that arise both in the law and with your invention.
At TCP Law, PLLC, we have the real-world expertise required to assist clients nationwide in obtaining and enforcing their patent rights. We specialize in listening to your needs and making sure you receive high-quality legal representation. Contact us today or give us a call at (347) 943-1449 to schedule a free consultation.
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