Types of Patents
Provisional Patent Applications
A provisional application may be thought of as a “placeholder” application. This application is used to establish a priority date for filing a nonprovisional patent application. A nonprovisional patent application must be filed within one year of filing a nonprovisional patent application. Please contact us to learn whether filing a provisional patent application is right for you or your company.
Nonprovisional patent applications
A nonprovisional patent application is the type of application that must be filed in order to receive an issued patent (the goal!). Once filed, the patent application is assigned to a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The examiner will review the application. If allowed, the nonprovisional patent application will result in an issued patent.
Utility patents cover the function of an invention. Utility patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.
Design patents cover the ornamental aspects of an invention (not the function). Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture.
About Our Process
We’ve learned that flat rates open up communication between the lawyer and client. When we draft patents, we want our clients to feel comfortable calling us without fear of the clock running.
Our clients prefer flat rates because it allows for proper budgeting. Many of our clients are in the process of raising capital, and flat rates for IP protection helps when planning and raising funds.
Some companies are stuck on the hourly model. We understand and have a few of those clients. We believe in the flat rate model, but we’ll work the standard billable hour if you prefer.
No two clients are the same. Our model can be crafted for you and your company. We provide “out-house” counsel and offer contingency arrangements for select clients and cases.