Our USPTO practice team is headed by former USPTO Director, Richard J. Apley, who serves as the Chief Patent Officer. Many former patent examiners and other skilled patent professionals work with him in conducting patent searches, and preparing and prosecuting patent applications. Over the last 30 years we have conducted patentability searches for more than 30,000 inventions. Over 5,000 US patents have been obtained for clients, as well as many foreign patents. There are hundreds of pending applications. This experience is a distinct advantage for clients and enables us to offer cost-effective, results oriented patent services.
The team sets itself apart by offering traditional patent research and filing services as well as other more innovative consulting services that go beyond the patent search to offer analysis, strategy development, and legal guidance on collaborative opportunities for research and the development and commercialization of technologies, as well as technology scouting and forecasting.
We help clients use patent information found in over 50 million published international patent documents for many purposes: to spur innovation based growth of particular enterprises or emerging economies; to “spin-in” technologies that may be useful to solve problems; to assist innovators to help them develop new technologies; and to identify potential collaborators.
The patent process can be costly, complicated and lengthy, and our practice offers decades of experience in helping clients maximize the opportunities in today's global innovation economy. We have handled all kinds of technologies. Our technical knowledge and experience is focused on: Energy, Water & Environmental Technology; Information and Communications Technology; Agriculture, Life Sciences and Biotechnology; Mechanical & Electromechanical Technology; and Consumer Products, Games and Mobile Applications.
Due to our team's understanding of USPTO initiatives, our clients have been able to save time and money utilizing programs designed to expedite examination of patent applications in the U.S. and worldwide, such as through utilization of the USPTO Patent Prosecution Highway agreements with other patent offices. We also are experienced and handling Accelerated and Prioritized Examination, and the Interview before First Action program, and combine the key advantages of each program as appropriate to achieve objectives for our clients.