If you’ve come up with an original invention, you may be able to obtain a patent for it. In a global economy, having a patent can give you a huge advantage over your competitors. At Nadir Law, PLLC – our highly skilled Dallas patent attorney represents solo inventors as well as businesses in all phases of securing a patent.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) defines a patent as a grant of a property right to the inventor. Put another way, a patent is a grant made by the United States government that confers upon the creator of an invention the sole right to make, use and sell that inventor for a certain amount of time. Patents can be obtained for new technology, articles, substances or processes.
There are different types of patents including a utility patent and a design patent. A utility patent is for inventions with a new or improved function. In other words, a utility patent is one that provides some identifiable benefit and is capable of use. A design patent, on the other hand, protects the ornamental design of a functional item.
The patent process can be long and cumbersome but we will guide you every step of the way. We will conduct a patent search to ensure that your invention truly is original. Once we determine that it is, we will start preparing your patent application, which will be filed with the USPTO. The average time it takes for the USPTO to issue a response is approximately 24 months. If the patent is allowed, it is good for 20 years provided you pay the appropriate fees. If the patent is rejected, the applicant may amend the application to address the examiner’s concerns. Alternatively, the applicant may also appeal the examiner’s objections.
It is important to note that there is no such thing as a worldwide patent. If the USPTO approves your patent application, you will have a valid patent in the United States. In order to secure a patent in other countries, you must apply to the patent office of that country.
Intellectual property law is complicated and knowing what kind of IP protection you may need can be tough. At Nadir Law, PLLC – our reputable Dallas intellectual property attorney understands the nuances of this area of law and can help you determine your legal options. In addition, we will take the time to explain the risks and rewards associated with each route. Our office is conveniently located in Irving. For more information, please feel free to call us at 972-763-5399 or contact us online.