Protecting Advancements in Technology through Patents
The team at NK Patent Law can assist and advise you throughout the patent registration process, with experience spanning the full gambit of patent prosecution services. Our professionals have degrees ranging from all spectrums of engineering to the physical sciences. We provide the amount of legal work our clients want and need, laying out the path ahead and what’s required to help ensure the financial viability of a company’s intellectual property. We can also review competitor’s intellectual property protections and how best to navigate around those protections.
Our goal is to ensure your Intellectual Property protections reflect your business goals and ensure that you receive the broadest coverage possible, while focusing on assets that can be asserted and enforced to protect market share. We focus on surveying and researching existing art to assess feasibility and likelihood of success of intellectual property protections; drafting claims and preparing drawings for patent application filing; and prosecuting patent applications before both the USPTO and international patent offices.
At NK Patent Law, our experienced and highly skilled attorneys assist clients in a wide variety of technological fields. Our team is focused on areas that are quickly evolving, and our lawyers can guide you through the process of protecting your innovative ideas and products under both federal and international law.
U.S. & Foreign Patent Prosecution
We can assist, advise or do the work required to submit and invention or innovation to obtain a patent. Development of a patent application includes drafting claims that define the invention, and ensuring the scope of your patent is broad enough to provide true value as you market your innovation. Our services include writing claims and illustrating your products, filing for a provisional or a nonprovisonal patent, and converting patents from provisional to nonprovisional, as best meets your needs.
To be eligible for a patent a product, process, etc., it must be new and useful or a new and useful improvement on what exists. Before proceeding with a patent application, it is necessary to prove patentability by conducting searches to ensure that the innovation at hand meets certain requirements. This includes not being previously published (known as the existence of “prior art”) or otherwise available to the public, and being novel and not obvious to others in its field. We can conduct patentability research or, when the client is capable, assist and advise about research as a means of saving costs.
We protect individuals and companies of various sizes as they embark on new product development by conducting research to determine whether their plans present patent infringement concerns. When patent infringement is indicated, we can provide advice about options such as designing around the patent, obtaining a license for the patent, or further investigating the validity of the patent. We also protect the interests of patent holders by investigating potential infringements and advising about potential litigation.
We assist patent holders or others who are considering or defending infringement litigation by researching and preparing patent validity opinions detailing the strength, defensibility and value of the patents in question. Understanding the true validity and value of a patent can help determine whether litigation or pursuing a licensing agreement with the patent owner is the proper course of action.
Due Diligence and Other Services
Our knowledge and experience informs the thoroughness required to help ensure that patents potentially obtained in a merger or acquisition contain real value. Our reviews cover individual patent documents and their prosecution histories, as well a similar competitive patents. We strive to ensure that patents are enforceable, and strong and broad enough to keep competitors from “designing around” them, and that no competing patents are likely to block the acquiring company from achieving its objectives.