Basic Facts

Basic Facts

Patents are available for inventions, which generally means a new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof. Design patents are available for a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture.

A patent is not available for an idea unless that idea has been turned into an invention. While there is no requirement to have a working prototype, the invention must be more than a mere concept. The inventor must be able to describe the invention in sufficient detail to allow another person to make and use the invention.

For additional information on patents, go to the Patent Office website: The most informative page is:

Patent Services Offered

  • Patentability Searches. Search US and foreign patent databases to determine if the same or similar invention has been patented.
  • Patentability Opinions. Detailed report analyzing the prior art to determine if an invention is patentable.
  • Patent Application Preparation and Prosecution. Draft patent application from client description. Work with draftsmen to develop patent drawings. Prepare filing paperwork and file patent application. Work with patent examiner to obtain maximum patent protection.
  • International Patent Protection. File international applications through the Patent Cooperation Treaty application process. Work with foreign attorneys to obtain patent protection in foreign countries.
  • Patent Marking. Ensure that patented, and patent pending, products are properly marked.
  • Infringement Clearance. Determine if a product is infringing other's patents.
  • Patent Claim Analysis. Analyze claim language for scope of protection for licensing and litigation.
  • Patent Licensing. Draft all agreements necessary for invention development, assignment and licensing.

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