Obtaining Domestic and Foreign Patent ProtectionNorth Weber & Baugh LLP provides patent prosecution services for both foreign and domestic patent applications. Our attorneys have strong legal and technical backgrounds, industry experience, and diverse patent prosecution and litigation experience. This experience allows our attorneys to effectively engage inventors and efficiently generate and prosecute patent applications to issuance. While we emphasize efficient and cost-effective prosecution of patent applications to issuance, our primary focus is generating highly valuable and useable patents with claim scopes of appropriate breadth and at an abstraction level where infringement can be reasonably detected.
Strategic and Post-Grant Services
As part of our services, we can provide strategic counselling, patent portfolio analyses, intellectual property audits, and aid in due diligence related to patent acquisitions. A company’s patent portfolio, when strategically developed, can be an extremely important and valuable asset. A key consideration when developing any portfolio is understanding the several different capacities in which patents may be used, including:
- Asserted against infringers
- Employed defensively against aggressive competitors
- Used to help drive settlements
- Used as key assets around which a separate business may be formed
- Contributed as part of a joint venture
- Licensed to third parties
- Assets for valuation purposes, acquisition purposes, or both
We understand that our clients operate in very competitive global markets and that our clients’ competitors will also try to use their portfolio strategically. As part of our counselling services we can help monitor competitors’ patent assets and help develop our clients’ intellectual property strategy to better counter their competitors’ potential strategies.
At North Weber & Baugh LLP, we also understand that successfully prosecuting a patent application to grant as a patent is only part of the patent process. We can assist our clients with a number of post-grant matters, including Ex Parte Reexamination, Post-Grant Review, Inter Partes Review, and Supplemental Reexamination. We can also provide services related to reviewing third-party patents for issues such as infringement and validity. We also offer a wide variety of transactional and other services, including licensing, portfolio audits, infringement opinions, validity or enforcement opinions, freedom-to-operate opinions, due diligence reviews, and IP review related to acquisitions.