Whether your business is consumer products, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, heavy equipment, apparel, sporting goods, or graphical user interfaces, when a company has invested heavily in the development of its designs, protection is critical. Your designs separate you from the competition, make your products distinctive, and help preserve your competitive advantage. When working with a client to protect its designs, The Rapacke Law Group takes the time to understand the client’s products and the significance of those products in the client’s overall business plan and the larger competitive landscape. Understanding the broader context allows us to write and obtain stronger, more effective design patents, and to create market barriers that protect your products not only from straight “knock offs,” but also from more subtle attempts to mimic the feel of your designs.
It’s not just about getting a design patent. It’s also about what to do next. From new product development through patenting, litigation, appeal, and even the sale of your portfolio, The Rapacke Law Group can help. We have represented clients on design patent matters in district courts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), International Trade Commission (ITC), and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. We regularly advise our clients regarding infringement, validity, and freedom to operate, and we provide accurate and comprehensive evaluation of design rights as part of intellectual property (IP) transactions. We have recently represented clients in post-grant reviews and inferences involving design patents at the PTAB—both highly specialized matters. Wherever your design patent needs take you, we have the experience to advise you along the way.
Our professional relationships with more than 200 firms throughout the world, help our clients obtain protection for their product designs abroad and help our international clients obtain design patents in the United States. We have direct experience prosecuting U.S. design patents and registering for European design rights for clients from across the globe. We also coordinate filings in more than twenty other countries, and take advantage of international filing systems, such as the Hague Agreement. And, when your rights abroad are threatened, we also have the resources to move quickly to protect your interests.
When litigation becomes necessary to protect a client’s interests or to address a competitor’s challenge, we are ready to swiftly move into action. The Rapacke Law Group has successfully litigated dozens of cases involving all aspects of design-patent law. Litigating design patent cases presents unique challenges, such as marshaling the right evidence by working closely with experts and survey evidence.
The Rapacke Law Group’s experience in all areas of IP law, including utility patents, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets, enables us to form complementary strategies to best protect your company’s products on many fronts. Design patents are often applied for and litigated over alongside utility patents or trademarks, and our lawyers draw on decades of experience in all of these IP areas to collectively protect our clients’ interests.
"I hired The Rapacke Law Group to help protect my card game invention with a copyright and trademark. Andrew's team was wonderful in answering all my questions and get my invention protected. I highly recommend working with Andrew, and we definitely will be using him with my next invention. He provided excellent advising in the lead up to producing my prototype and assisted be reviewing all of my paperwork before filing for formation of my LLC. His expedient and thoroughly efficient approach has directly contributed to the foundation of my thriving new business."
"Andrew is a great intellectual property attorney. He's very transparent on price and was very thorough with the provisional patent. He made all the changes I asked for before we filed the patent and he runs a truly fixed fee intellectual property law firm. Other lawyers want to nickel and dime you for every change you make, which can be extremely difficult to pay for inventors just starting out or on a budget. He was easily accessible as well. If he missed my call, I would get a call back within an hour or two. It was a great experience overall and if you are looking for an intellectual property attorney I would highly reccomend you look no further than The Rapacke Law Group."
"Andrew introduced himself to me at a Toy Fair in Chicago. We talked briefly about some projects that I was working on the time, but I already had representation. Andrew offered to give me some advise on a pending patent. I was impressed with his knowledge of the patent process. I hired him to help me with an office action on that same patent. I also hired Andrew to help me put together a Licensing Agreement. I feel that Andrew does a very good job of looking at the agreement from both sides of the fence. He has good judgment and wants to guide you, so that your expectations are realistic."
"I hired Andrew to assist my company with a patent infringement and non provisional patent filing. Andrew is very knowledgeable and easy to work with, and his pricing is very transparent and straightforward which I like. He was also very accessible which I needed during a critical time for my company. I'd definitely recommend and will hire again!"
"Andrew helped our company to apply for a Trademark registration and a Patent. He is always available to answer any questions without charging extra fees for phone conversations or emails. We are very satisfied with the services his firm provided and would definitely recommend Andrew. Thank you!"