Richard Salles, Registered Patent Attorney (925) 478-5662
Our Patent and Trademark prosecution services:
USPTO Nonprovisional Utility Patent Application (NPA): Draft and file your application with the USPTO, including a Specification covering embodiments and best mode of your invention, Drawings (≤4 CAD sheets drafted at our expense), and Claims which distinctly and broadly cover the subject matter of your invention. The NPA includes preparation and filing of an information data sheet with prior art references, your inventor’s oath, application data sheet, transmittal form, small or micro entity certification form if applicable, power of attorney form and fee calculation sheet.
USPTO Provisional Utility Patent Application (PPA): Draft and file your application with the USPTO, following the same standard as for a NPA. While a PPA gives you “Patent Pending” status, a PPA expires within 12 months of filing if not followed with a NPA. Note that the AIA’s new “first inventor to file” system gives the inventor only 12 months of “grace period disclosures” before their own disclosures are used as prior art against their own application.
PCT International Patent Application: Draft and file your PCT RO 101 Request Form, Specification, Claims and Drawings, and file your application with the U.S. Receiving Office of the PCT. Draft and file all associated documents needed for PCT filing, including Small or Micro certification form if applicable. The PCT “reserves your spot” in all of its 148 countries for 18 months while you determine which countries in which to enter the national stage. During these 18 months, you receive an International Search Report and Written Opinion of the I.S. Authority, as well as International Publication.
Patentability Search and Opinion: Comprehensive search of all published patents and applications in the field of your invention. A detailed report gives a formal opinion and recommendation on the patentability of your invention, distinguishing your invention from prior art references in your field and predicting USPTO Examiners’ decisions about novelty and obviousness.
Trademark Search and Opinion: Comprehensive search and review of the USPTO TESS database in all relevant Word and Design Mark fields, as well as relevant references we discuss in your field. The Report will give a legal opinion as to international class, use and specimen in commerce, distinctiveness, ornamentation, and likelihood of confusion with similar marks.
Trademark Filing: Prepare and file your trademark application with the USPTO. Collect and prepare all relevant word and design mark information and specimens necessary to complete the application for filing with the USPTO, determine international class and description, electronically file Application for Registration with the USPTO.
We also handle I.P. litigation matters, inter partes review and related PTAB proceedings, licensing agreements, trade secret litigation and copyright matters.
Resources for Start-Up Inventors and Entrepreneurs:
Patent Overview for Startup Inventors: http://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/general-faqs
A guide to budgeting i.p. costs for your startup: https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/business-financials/estimating-startup-costs