Patent Preparation & Prosecution
San Francisco law firm Dergosits & Noah LLP assists clients throughout the world with domestic and foreign patent preparation and prosecution matters. We have extensive experience handling applications from nearly every sector of technology, including biotechnology, computer hardware and software, communication networks, internet systems and methods, automotive, medical equipment, construction technology, consumer electronics, and clean technology research and development.
When a business or inventor creates an innovative process, device, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or improves upon an existing item in a new and useful way, it is important to obtain patent protection as soon as possible. For many of our clients, their patents are among their most important assets, and our goal is to help them maximize the value of this intellectual property. To accomplish this, we take the time to understand our clients' business and their financial and technological objective, helping us to devise cost-effective patent strategies that are in line with their budget and overall goals. We can suggest approaches that help defer fees and costs until market research justifies the investment in patent protection.
Before filing the patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), we perform a thorough search and analysis to determine whether the invention is actually patentable. Once we determine that a patent would likely be granted, we carefully prepare and prosecute the application, describing the invention in such a way that will maximize the protection granted.
In addition to preparing and prosecuting patents, our experienced trial attorneys frequently pursue and defend patent infringement litigation on behalf of our clients. This gives us unique insight into the ways in which patents can be challenged, enabling us to better prosecute patents so as to ensure maximum protection. Our extensive litigation background gives us the ability to handle any problems that arise during the preparation and prosecution process, including appealing adverse patent decisions to the USPTO's Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.
In addition to prosecuting domestic patents, we frequently work with experienced patent attorneys from around the world to assist clients with securing patent protection outside of the United States. For more information about this aspect of our practice, please see the patent transactions page.