Choosing the Intellectual Property Firm That’s Right for You

The first step in any process is deciding to start.  So, let me be the first to congratulate you on your journey into the wonderful world of Intellectual Property.  Deciding which Intellectual Property (IP) law firm is a good fit for you and your company is a major decision and the answer will depend on what your specific needs are. Everyone’s needs are not the same, so it is important to have a well qualified team on your side that will take the time to work with you and tailor your IP needs to your IP portfolio.

A few things to consider when choosing an Intellectual Property firm are the qualifications of the attorney(s), the value of their assistance, and the all important cost of representation.

QUALIFICATIONS: Are the attorneys qualified to assist with your needs?

Our firm is dedicated to intellectual property and corporate structuring, only.  The advantage of this dedication is the ability to be solely focused on your Intellectual Property needs and the sometimes dramatic changes in the field of Intellectual Property.  We stay current on the latest IP advancements and developments, both domestically and internationally, to keep our clients informed and our IP techniques finely tuned.

Our attorneys are qualified intellectual property specialists with expertise in a wide range of Technical Practice Areas including:

-materials science (nanotechnology, semiconductors, composites)

– industrial chemistry (bulk synthesis, bio-based fuels and chemicals, plastics, industrial and consumer products)

– biochemistry (pharmaceuticals, vaccines, methods of treatment)

-software (mobile apps, e-commerce, process control)

-electro-mechanical engineering (computer, electrical, and mechanical)

These specialties allow our attorneys a unique and specialized understanding of your technology or business field.  When it comes to writing and filing patents, our attorneys know it is imperative to have a concrete understanding of the technology, as this translates into the ability to write the broadest patent claims.  A combination of both well written and broad claims is the best strategy for establishing a wide area of protection around your idea.

Our services don’t end after a patent, trademark, or other filing and later issuance, but continues through prosecution and ultimately through managing your Intellectual Property portfolio with maintenance/annuity assistance.  We are also prepared with years of litigation experience to defend and assert your rights.  We are on your team and in your corner.

VALUE:  Does the firm work to prove the value for their assistance?

Some would say that good counsel is invaluable.  Even the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) cautions new inventors to proceed without first understanding their options.  The USPTO specifically advises potential applicants to engage a registered attorney or agent. See: USPTO – Patent Practitioner Home Page.

If you are interested in starting a new business, or if you are an entrepreneur, startup, investor, or corporate landing party, we can assist you in establishing a strong foundation for your business with our Corporate Structuring and IP services.   You don’t have to spend your valuable time hiring one firm for corporate structuring and another for your IP assets.  We can assist your company in protecting a large range of assets, from patents to trademarks, licenses to copyrights, and everywhere in-between, because we are a firm specializing in both intellectual property and corporate structuring.  Our goal is to help you create a valuable and investable entity, which means solid corporate structuring, with properly managed Intellectual Property assets.

The value of experience is bar none. Years of experience in corporate structuring, patent, trademark, copyright and other filings, has led to a distinct understanding of the particulars of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), international, and state filing systems.  Our attorneys rely on their prior experience practicing before the individual filing offices in order to fight for the broadest scope allowable and the strongest possible protection for your idea or business.

Good counsel is paramount.  Our assistance doesn’t end after filing; we work to be a continuing part of your business team by keeping you informed as a business filing or USPTO application progresses through the specific filing system.

COST:  Does the firm encourage attorneys to keep costs reasonable?

First, our attorneys help you decide what intellectual property services you need. Only then, do we begin to develop an individual Intellectual Property Strategy for building and protecting your IP Portfolio.  In assisting clients to decide first, if they should proceed, then how they should proceed, it is often advisable to perform a due diligence search and form a legal opinion based on the attorney’s findings.  Our ability to supply a wide variety of searches and opinions allows our clients to continue their IP Strategy with confidence.  Together, we help our clients understand what type of protection they need, and equally as important, what they don’t need to waste their hard earned money on.

As a small business ourselves, we know it is important to keep well-informed of the latest changes in the marketplace in order to stay competitive. The publication that we regularly consult is the AIPLA Report of the Economic Survey.  This publication gives us an understanding of the current value of our IP services.  With this knowledge, Thrive IP® strives to beat the national averages and often succeeds in most cases due to our competitive rates.

To understand the economic state of the marketplace is important, but so is realizing the value of your hires and the difference they can make.  Our U.S. Certified Patent and Trademark Paralegals work under the direct guidance of an attorney to draft legal documents, conduct legal research, and provide other auxiliary legal services.  We trust in and rely on our highly-skilled and experienced paralegals to bring greater value to our clients by mitigating the legal fees charged under an attorney’s standard rate.  With the help of our team of qualified paralegals, we can provide cost-saving opportunities.

Understanding our qualifications, the value of our services, and our strategy to keep costs competitive, gives you an understanding of our business standards and ideals.  We strive to give our clients the peace of mind that confidence in your legal team can give.  This peace of mind could be yours, too! Please give us a call to get started.