Houston Patent Lawyer
Utilizing 40+ Years of Combined Experience
If you are a small, mid-sized or large business owner or an entrepreneur, obtaining or enforcing a patent may be one of the most crucial steps to protecting your intellectual property rights. At Elliott Law, our Houston patent lawyers can help you identify inventions that can be patented and help you through the process of obtaining a patent.
We can also work with you to enforce your patent rights in court or negotiate license agreements. Our goal is to help you obtain valuable patent protection that accommodates the multifaceted aspects of your portfolio, inventions, and creative property.
Patent Services We Provide in Houston
Whether you are a small, mid-sized, or large business owner that has improved an existing product or an entrepreneur who has developed a new invention in your industry, our Houston patent lawyers can assist with the following:
- Perform prior art and patentability searches
- File provisional and non-provisional patent applications
- Evaluate existing patents or patent portfolios
- Handle patent procurement and infringement disputes
- File patent infringement cases against infringers
- Defend against potential or threatened patent infringement lawsuits
- Engage in due diligence investigations for mergers, acquisitions, or licensing programs
- Evaluate potential infringement on behalf of the patent owner or a competitor
- Provide freedom-to-operate opinions based on non-infringement, invalidity or unenforceability
- Prepare technology transfer agreements covering patented or unpatented technology
- Prepare and negotiate patent assignments and license agreements
Although patents are presumed valid, they can be challenged in court or in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) through the inter partes review (IPR) process. A patent is not a self-enforcing document, and any acts of infringement often need to be prosecuted by filing a legal action.
Our legal team is well-versed in:
- Obtaining and evaluating patents
- Rendering freedom-to-operate opinions
- And litigating patents in federal court, the USPTO, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
How to File a Patent in Texas
To file a patent in Texas, you generally need to follow the same process as filing a patent in other states.
Here are some general steps to consider:
Document Your Invention: Start by clearly documenting your invention. This includes describing its features, functionality, and any unique aspects that make it innovative.
Conduct a Patent Search: Before filing a patent application, it's advisable to perform a thorough patent search to ensure that your invention is novel and does not infringe on existing patents. This search helps determine if your invention is eligible for patent protection.
Prepare a Patent Application: Draft a comprehensive patent application that includes a detailed description of your invention, including drawings or diagrams if necessary. It's often recommended to seek assistance from a registered patent attorney or agent to ensure your application meets all the required criteria.
File the Application: Submit your completed patent application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The USPTO provides an electronic filing system called Patent Center that allows for the online submission and management of patent applications.
Pay the Required Fees: Along with the application, you will need to pay the required fees associated with filing a patent. These fees can vary depending on the type of patent and the entity filing the application (individual, small entity, or large entity).
Track the Progress: Once your patent application is filed, you can track its progress through the examination process using the online tools provided by the USPTO. This will help you stay informed about the status of your application and any actions required on your part.
How Elliott Law PLLC Can Help
Unlock the potential of your inventions with Elliott Law PLLC, your trusted Houston patent lawyer! Our team of experienced attorneys is dedicated to safeguarding your intellectual property rights. From patents to trademarks, we've got you covered. Don't let your ideas go unprotected; schedule a consultation now and let us pave the way for your success in the competitive market.
In all cases, we consider flexible fee arrangements, including:
- Contingent-fee arrangements
- Hourly billing at reasonable rates
- Discounted billing
- And blended-fee arrangements
In certain contingent fee cases, the client will be obligated to pay all or a portion of court costs and expenses, and in other cases there will be no obligation unless a recovery is secured. Our Houston patent lawyers can help you through every part of the patent process.
For more information about patent law or the services we have to offer, feel free to contact us to schedule a free consultation with our Houston patent lawyer.
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