Experienced Patent Law Firm with Diverse Practice Specialties
NK Patent Law assists and advises organizations throughout the patent application process, with experience spanning the full gambit of patent prosecution services. Our patent lawyers have degrees ranging from all spectrums of engineering to the physical sciences, with many having Masters or Doctoral degrees in their respective fields. We are currently managing in excess of 1,500 patents and applications, with those applications being filed throughout the world. We can also review competitor’s intellectual property protections and how best to navigate around those protections. Our value add is in assessing your market position and growth strategy and finding an IP solution that is consistent with that strategy.
Our goal is to ensure your Intellectual Property protections reflect your business goals and that your intellectual property receives 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 application filing; and prosecuting applications before both the USPTO and international intellectual property offices. Our professionals provide over 100 years of combined experience, and have assisted many companies to successful exits where the intellectual property was considered a core asset in the valuation of the company.
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
Development of a patent application includes drafting claims that define the inventions and intellectual property, and ensuring the scope of patents and IP coverage is broad enough to provide true value as a company markets their 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.
To be eligible for patent protection, a product, process, or method, must be new and useful or a new and useful improvement on what exists. Before proceeding with a patent application, it is oftentimes helpful to conduct searches to ensure that the intellectual property is protectable. 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 assist companies of various sizes with clearing a product from intellectual property infringement of competitor’s IP by conducting freedom to operate research to determine whether their plans present patent infringement concerns. When patent infringement is a concern, our team can provide advice about options such as designing around the patent(s), obtaining a license for the patent(s), or further investigating the validity of the patent(s). 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 and patent portfolio 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 is significant in due diligence for merger and acquisition activity. We review individual patent documents and their prosecution histories, as well as 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 entering the market through acquisition.