FlashPoint IP handles patent protection and IP strategy in many practice areas. A major factor that is important in selecting your counsel from a host of intellectual property firms is knowing the technical expertise of the practitioner assigned to your case, and whether it matches in scope and in depth to the nature of your invention. Patent attorneys, who are experts in patent drafting, are typically grouped into broad categories that cover a range of technical fields such as: Chemical Arts, Electronic Arts, Mechanical Arts, and Biological Arts.
This means, for example, that all aspects of software and hardware (as well as, to a large extent, the broad area of medical-diagnostic devices) are included in the area of Electronic Arts. Similarly, pharmaceuticals are generally included in the Chemical Arts, with Internet-based business models remaining as somewhat of an orphaned art group. Clearly, you would be well-advised to probe somewhat deeper into the appropriateness of the individual assigned to your case before starting the patent-drafting stage and formulating an IP strategy.
Furthermore, depth in a field that incorporates, for example, non-linear optics or nanotechnology may go well beyond the general areas of physics or chemistry. This aspect is compounded when the patent practitioner has to assess prior art supplied by either the inventor or the examiner during prosecution. The basis for forming a valid legal opinion relies on a full understanding of the technical underpinnings and the subtle differences in technical features or properties.
FlashPoint IP, a leader among intellectual property firms, factors these wide-ranging aspects into the process of securing patent protection, whether in performing a patent search of the prior art, engaging in patent drafting of applications, selecting how and where to file, or prosecuting your claims to an invention to help you maximize value in an extensive array of practice areas. Our patent attorneys are adept at synthesizing the many facets needed to create a winning formula for your IP. Contact us to discuss your options regarding IP strategy and positioning, and how best to secure your rights.