Seattle Patent Attorney
Patents are a vital part of business and industry. They protect your unique ideas, inventions, and creations from being used without your permission. If you have an idea or concept that you want to turn into a reality, a patent attorney can help you navigate the process of obtaining patent protection.
We’ve handled thousands of cases involving patents and other intellectual property matters. Whether you’re just starting with an idea or have already begun the patent registration process, we can help make sure your intellectual property rights are protected.
You don’t have to be an inventor to need our services; we handle all kinds of patent-related matters for clients across all industries. From large corporations to small businesses and individuals, we’ve helped them with everything from filing patent applications to protecting their work from infringement claims by competitors.
TBillick Law PLLC has one goal: helping our clients succeed using their ideas and inventions. Our dedication to providing quality service is evident in every case we take. It’s one reason so many individuals and businesses in various industries choose us as their go-to for legal help with patents or any other type of intellectual property matter.
What is a Patent?
A patent is a set of rights granted by the government to an inventor for their invention. A patent gives the owner exclusive rights over how others can use their invention for a limited period (typically 20 years) before it enters the public domain, where anyone can use it without infringing on someone else’s patent rights.
To get a patent on an invention or creation, you must first file a provisional application with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). The inventor should hire an experienced patent attorney who will work with them through the process of obtaining their desired patent.
Patent Registration and Filing
Patent registration and filing is the process of applying for a patent on an invention or creation; it can be a highly complex process, and it’s easy to make mistakes. That’s where an experienced patent attorney can help—they will be able to guide you through the process so that you don’t miss any important steps or deadlines. The first step in filing for a patent is to file a provisional application with the USPTO, which allows inventors to secure their rights in case someone else independently creates something similar. The provisional application also allows inventors to secure a filing date, which means they will be able to claim priority on the invention. Once the provisional application is filed and accepted by the USPTO, you can file a non-provisional application with all your research, drawings, and other documentation.
Once the patent application is filed, it can take anywhere from a few months to several years for the USPTO to decide whether your invention is patentable. This is known as patent prosecution. If you have hired a patent attorney, they will be able to assist you through this process and ensure that no mistakes are made that could jeopardize your chances of getting a patent.
The USPTO will review your application and send you a list of issues that need fixing. You can then work with your attorney to address each issue before re-submitting your application for more review.
If you have a patent, it is your legal right to prevent others from using or selling your creation without your permission. Someone who uses or sells your invention without permission infringes on your patent rights and can be sued for damages.
If you believe that someone is infringing on your patent rights, your patent attorney can help you file a lawsuit to get compensation for any damages incurred.
Patent litigation can become necessary when an infringer continues to use your patent without permission and refuses to cease. A patent attorney may be able to help you obtain a court order that enforces your rights.
Patent litigation can also be necessary if you find yourself in a dispute with another entity regarding the same patent or if someone attempts to invalidate your patent.
If you are concerned about patent infringement or invalidation, it’s essential that you speak with an experienced Seattle patent attorney who can guide you through the process of protecting your valuable intellectual property.
Seattle Patent Attorney TBillick Law PLLC
If you have an idea or invention that you need to protect, seek experienced counsel from TBillick Law PLLC as soon as possible so that we can advise you on how best to proceed. At TBillick Law PLLC, we offer comprehensive legal services for all types of intellectual property, including patents, designs, trademarks, and copyrights.
Tim Billick has assisted clients with patent, trademark, and copyright applications and prosecution throughout the U.S., as well as various related matters that often require litigation. Through his experience, he has gained insight into the unique issues associated with each case and how best to handle them.
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