New York’s Best Patent Attorney In 1787, our founding fathers stated in our constitution “The Congress shall have Power … To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries” Today, the America Invents Act (AIA) has drastically influenced the patent landscape in multiple facts. Prior, the first to invent was the only entitled for patent protection. Such amendments create significant hurdles for business, inventors, and entrepreneurs that necessitate the strategic guidance and advise of seasoned patent attorneys. We are an intellectual property firm serving clients throughout Long Island, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the US. Our legal team advises clients on both patent applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and registering international patents under Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). We are highly experienced in all phases of patent prosecution — prior art and clearance searches, drafting patent applications, and preparing amendments and responses to Office Actions. We have a well-earned reputation for fostering ingenuity and always putting the best interests of our clients first. Product Clearance Before pursuing a patent, it is often crucial to conduct a thorough analysis of existing patents and products. Our attorneys conduct product clearance searches of relevant patent claims to avoid the risk of infringement. When a more extensive analysis is required, we also conduct freedom to operate (FTO) searches to evaluate in-force patents, expired patents and other relevant information in the public domain. An FTO can provide safe harbor for a product in the US and also ascertain whether it is protected in other jurisdictions throughout the world. Finally, we conduct due diligence, patent validity and infringement analysis in order to prepare patent opinions. Patent Preparation And Prosecution Our patent prosecution professionals hail from a wide range of technological fields, including mechanical, electrical, computer hardware and software, chemical, biotechnological, food chemistry, and design. We bring to bear significant legal knowledge and technical proficiency to help our clients protect their innovations. We are keenly aware that the way in which claims are structured is crucial for the approval of a patent application. We advise clients throughout the patent preparation process and works diligently to identify the inventive concept. We model patents for each technological advance and draft applications with the broadest possible claims. Because our attorneys have industry, science and research backgrounds, we are able to build relationships with our clients throughout the application process. We also work closely with examiners at the USPTO to expedite patent prosecution. Post-Grant Proceedings Currently, patents can be challenged through a variety of post-grant examination proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). A Post Grant Review (PGR), for example, is designed to evaluate the patentability of one or more claims in a patent. Moreover, a new proceeding that is commonly pursued in lieu of litigation is the Inter Partes Review (IPR) — designed to invalidate a patent based on its obviousness or lack of novelty. We are highly experienced in these post-grant proceedings as well as covered business method review (CBM). We also anticipate the potential patent challenges during the drafting and prosecution phases to minimize the risk of a post-grant challenge. Our thorough understanding of these proceedings can either be used as patent defense strategy or as a means of challenging a competitor’s patent claims. We leverage our decades of litigation experience to help clients navigate the complexities of post-grant challenges. Patent Licensing A patent license can provide patent owners with a means for monetizing their inventions as well as for resolving a patent dispute. Similarly, those accused of patent infringement may be able to mitigate the potential of a costly litigation by entering into a patent licensing agreement. We advise clients on patent licenses, patent assignments, cross-licenses, as well as patent portfolio sales and acquisitions.