A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which provides a new and useful solution to a problem. An invention can be in the form of a product, a process, a material or chemical composition that provides a contribution over what was already known. To obtain a patent, technical information about the invention must be disclosed to the public in the form of a patent application.
A patent is a grant by the U.S. Government to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale or importing the patented item without the patent owner’s permission. This grant creates a property right for the inventor that may be transferred, in whole or in part, to others. An Assignment transfers an ownership interest in the patent to someone else. A license grants rights to use the patent, but not to own it. In addition to securing rights for a client to their inventions, the Firm also assists in securing rights for our clients, by assignment or license, to inventions by others. The Firm can assist inventors in assessing and creating market value in their inventions through nondisclosure agreements that protect disclosures prior to patenting.
Our clients range from industry leaders to newly formed startups, but all demand the same attention to detail, cost-consciousness, and personal attention for which MacMillan, Sobanski & Todd, LLC is known. Our firm will draft and file U.S. and international patent applications, and handle all correspondence with the United States Patent and Trademark Office or our International Associates and foreign patent offices through the entire life of the patent process. Our firm strives to provide consistent staffing and attention over the lifetime of every patent portfolio, to maximize efficiency and value at every stage of process, such as:
- Preparation and prosecution of U.S. and international patent applications
- Maintenance of U.S. and international patents
- Preliminary patentability searches and opinions
- Patent infringement searches, analyses, and opinions
- Patent validity studies and opinions
- Licensing and confidentiality agreements
- Client counseling
- Post-grant proceedings and patent challenges