Our practice consists of professionals registered to practice before the USPTO and including former patent examiners. All have science or engineering backgrounds, and many hold advanced degrees in their technical fields or have worked in the industry. These professionals are supported by a substantial infrastructure of experienced personnel and systems developed to prepare, file, prosecute, and defend patents in a cost-effective manner.
We assist businesses and organizations in industries as diverse as consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, medical devices, and agriculture, to name a few. Our professionals’ extensive technical backgrounds combined with decades of experience in patent law enable us to build solid patents and effective prosecution strategies, from idea to issuance and beyond. We are often involved at the initial stages of evaluating technology for patentability during brainstorming meetings with our clients and inventors, ultimately benefiting our drafting and prosecuting the patent applications. As our clients’ needs evolve, we bring experience in patent transactions, due diligence, portfolio management, opinions, counseling, and litigation. The strongest and best patents are less likely to be litigated. But should your protection be challenged or infringed, The Rapacke Law Group brings proven experience and an impressive track record before district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the PTAB, and appellate courts.
The Rapacke Law Group specializes in filing foreign patent applications for utility, plant, and design inventions. We also file under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The technologies at issue span nearly every industry sector, including semiconductors, medical devices, chemicals, metals, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, industrial manufacturing, robotics, consumer electronics, computer software, and business methods.
Our patent prosecution practice includes recognized experts and seasoned professionals, as well as experienced junior team members with relatively low billing rates and often extensive technical and/or prosecution experience. They have science and/or engineering backgrounds, and many hold advanced degrees in their technical fields and/or have worked in the industry. Most of our professionals also have litigation experience that enables them to provide the highest quality work by prosecuting applications with an eye toward enforcement.
We train our professionals to draft and prosecute patent applications strategically and with the clients’ interests and instructions always at the forefront. We strive to add value from the invention mining/invention disclosure stage by collaborating with the client’s scientific contributors to set boundaries and to define the scope of the developed invention. We also seek to effectively communicate the achievements of our clients’ inventions to the USPTO and convey the boundaries and advantages of the inventions during the patent prosecution process.
Our priority is to employ teams that allow us to take a primary role in developing a valuable global patent portfolio in an effective and cost-efficient manner. Our professionals are well versed in the standards of patentability and patent procedures in foreign patent offices around the world. They are able to provide a well-coordinated, consistent, and comprehensive global prosecution strategy that maximizes patent protection and minimizes costs associated with foreign filing and prosecution. These efforts result in stronger foreign patents and reduce the risk of complications in any U.S. litigation that may arise involving a U.S. counterpart patent.
We Handle Every Type of Patent, including:
The Utility Patent is the most common type of patent and covers new and useful process, machine, manufacture, compositions of matter (such as chemical compositions and compounds) or any subsequent new and useful improvement thereof. The utility patent is valid for twenty years from the date of filing of the patent application.Read more
A design patent protects the ornamental features or the look of an invention. A design patent is valid for fourteen years from the filing date of the application.Read more
A provisional patent application provides a 12 month period to further develop the invention, market and seek licensing agreements. A provisional patent is only a placeholder and a non-provisional patent application must be filed within the 12 month period based on the information contained in the provisional application. If no further action is taken within the 12 months, the patent is invalidated and the orignal file date (or priority date) is lost.Read more
"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!"