Patent Litigation and Prosecution

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We can help guide you through this changing environment of Patent Prosecution

The "Leahy-Smith America Invents Act" (the single most significant overhaul of U.S. Patent law since 1952) has come into force. This new law is a "game changer" in terms of patent prosecution strategy, particularly for small start-ups and solo inventors.

Perhaps our greatest value is that we are more than just lawyers: We're engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs, too

William Lovin & Assoc., PLLC (WLA) has decades of experience in numerous inventive fields. Our associates have deep backgrounds in software, telecommunications, electrical engineering, Internet technology, environmental technology, marine technology, and manufacturing.

We understand how to build a patent prosecution strategy that is tailored to where you are now and yet scalable as you grow. We regularly work with our clients as a sounding board when assessing new products, services, or development efforts. Our deep understanding of the kinds of technology our clients routinely utilize allows us to build strong patents.

Services Offered

We work with our clients to devise effective strategies, from assessing the need for patent protection through defending patents in court. Our patent practice covers all areas of patent law, including:

  • Patent searches and patentability opinions.
  • Provisional and non-provisional application preparation, filing, and prosecution strategies.
  • Respond to office actions and other administrative proceedings.
  • Utility, plant, and design inventions.
  • U.S. and foreign protection, including registration under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
  • Administrative appeals.
  • Interferences.
  • Petitions and protests.
  • Reissue applications.
  • Reexaminations (both inter- and ex-parte).
  • Flat-Rate Service Offerings

    As a convenience for those of our clients who perform some elements of the patent prosecution process themselves, we offer the following "unbundled" flat-rate search and prosecution services. If you are unsure whether you can make use of these services please contact us first to assess whether they are appropriate for you.1

    Patent searches and patentability opinions (All rates are for mechanical inventions of minimal complexity)2

  • Keyword patent search; Review with client - $1000.00 and up.
  • Keyword patent search; Review with client; Written patentability opinion - $1500.00 and up.
  • Provisional and non-provisional application preparation, filing (All rates are for mechanical inventions of minimal complexity)2

  • Prepare and file provisional application - $1,500.00 and up (does not include USPTO fees).
  • Prepare and file non-provisional application w/ 3 formal drawings - $3,750.00 and up (does not include USPTO fees).
  • Design patents (All rates are for design inventions of minimal complexity)

  • Prepare and file design patent application w/ 7 formal views - $1500.00 and up (does not include USPTO fees).
  • 1Flat-rate services are of limited scope and comprise specific functions and activities. Individual flat-rate services are only discreet parts of the patent prosecution process and the client must ensure that the services WLA renders fit into the client's overall patent prosecution strategy. Contact us for further information before considering these limited scope assignments.

    2Patents for electrical/electronic inventions and software/business methods are inherently more complex and thus priced higher. Please contact us for details.

    Free Provisional Patent Application for New Non-Commercial Clients Filing As Micro Entities

    For a limited time, WLA will rebate the professional fee associated with preparing and filing a non-commercial micro entity's provisional patent application (excluding USPTO fees) if, within a year, the micro entity files a subsequent non-provisional patent application taking benefit of the earlier filed provisional patent application. This rebate will be applied as a reduction in the professional fee associated with the preparation and filing of the subsequent non-provisional application. Offer available only to new non-commercial clients filing as micro entities. Only one rebate per new client, please. Other terms and conditions apply, please contact us for further details.

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