Patents

We are experienced in handling all aspects of patent law.

The Rapacke Law Group has in-depth knowledge of the complexities and nuances of patent office examinations, from prosecution, reexaminations, reissue proceedings, and appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), to handling all aspects of oppositions before the European Patent Office (EPO) and United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO).

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.

Prosecution

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.

What Our Clients Are Saying

  • Trisha Marshall | July 15, 2017
    "Attorney Rapacke is a one-of-a-kind. He will answer all of your questions with a since of care and takes the time to educate you about best practices for all your endeavors. His experience and expertise are bar none. No retainers, No fees for emails sent or phone calls made. Instead, tell him what you need and he'll provide that quality service with a quick turnaround all for a Flat Fee. Attorney Rapacke is also well connected. He can refer you to notch people in the industry that can help bring your product into fruition. I would recommend Attorney Rapacke to any friend that needs legal counsel for their business. For him and his team I will personally give a five star rating all across the board!"
    Trisha Marshall | July 15, 2017
  • David Janowitz | July 29, 2017
    "Andrew and his team at Rapacke Law Group were able to provide our company with a product patent search and a detailed summary of the results indicating our invention is patentable for a major US retailer. Andy is a ultimate professional!  I highly recommend Andy and his team to anyone looking for an intellectual property law firm. 5 Star firm for sure!"
    David Janowitz | July 29, 2017
  • Ken March | 24, 2016
    "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 judgement and wants to guide you, so that your expectations are realistic."
    Ken March | 24, 2016
  • Abe | May 25, 2015
    "Andrew helped file my Utility patent on my latest invention He was easy to work with and a great person above all. I plan on using his services again and again in the future."
    Abe | May 25, 2015
  • Dina & Elina | November 24, 2015
    "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!"
    Dina & Elina | November 24, 2015
  • Keith | November 26, 2015
    "Andrew helped file the provisional patent on our new products. He is very responsive to answer questions and help us through this process. I plan on using his services again and again in the future."
    Keith | November 26, 2015
  • Daryn Finnis | March 6, 2017
    "It has been a genuine pleasure to work with Andrew and his team of qualified associates. They helped get us setup, from corporate bylaws to reviewing lease agreements and so much more. I highly recommend The Rapacke Law Group."
    Daryn Finnis | March 6, 2017
  • Alan Ladd | March 6, 2017
    "Andrew and his team are top notch. The ultimate professionals. Our experience has been far above what was expected. We would recommend Andrew and his team with the highest rating possible! talented and wonderful people!"
    Alan Ladd | March 6, 2017
  • Bradford | August 26, 2015
    "I used The Rapacke Law Group for an initial project a few months ago and have since used them several times. I am very surprised and impressed with their response time and the fact with them, fixed fee billing really means fixed fee. Andrew is great to work with and understands complex processes quickly. He and his team work quick; I get responses normally same day and the work product is first class. I would highly recommend this firm for your intellectual property, trademark and patent needs."
    Bradford | August 26, 2015
  • Tom | March 15, 2016
    "I hired Andrew to assist my company with a patent infringement and non provisional patent filing. Andrew is very knowledgable 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!"
    Tom | March 15, 2016
  • Matti | August 27, 2015
    "I have worked with Mr. Rapacke on licensing agreements, trademarks and a new patent. I found him to be highly intelligent and knowledgeable as well as extremely responsive - a difficult trio of traits!. As a small business owner who has worked with several megafirms I found his approach extremely refreshing. His pricing was transparent and his use of technology to keep me up-to-date was nice. Rather than getting stuck with multiple surprise bills and expensive office action reports I was given one fair price upfront. This was much appreciated especially as it allowed me to budget properly. I would not hesitate to use him again or recommend him to other companies."
    Matti | August 27, 2015
  • Chelsey | May 18, 2015
    "Knowledgeable, personable, reliable, and motivated! Truly the best attorney I've had the pleasure to work with. Andy always makes himself available, working around to clock to make sure my needs are being bet. He has introduced me to numerous people and truly wants his clients to succeed. I look forward to working with Andy for years to come!"
    Chelsey | May 18, 2015
  • Robert Napp | March 14, 2017
    "Andrew is awesome, knowledgeable, and informative. I will continue to use his services as he as helped me grow my business. This is only the beginning. We made a connection on the first call. I haven't felt well about a lawyer ever."
    Robert Napp | March 14, 2017
  • Steve November | 25, 2015
    "Andrew has been a trusted resource for me on legal topics relating to my business and other areas as well. His ethics have been without reproach. Recently he passed on working with at least one prospective client because of ethical concerns that could have materialized down the road (he didn’t share the specifics). I believe his strong moral principles go well beyond the requirements of his oath and I appreciate him as a colleague. Plus, Andrew has been amazingly pleasant to work with, going out of his way numerous times to make introductions on my behalf. He is a fantastic professional resource and I recommend him without hesitation."
    Steve November | 25, 2015
  • Ming Hwong | March 2, 2016
    "As a small business owner, Andrew was invaluable to my business. Not only was his firm responsive and professional, Andrew went above and beyond and connected me with the right person in the industry for my business. I have tried a few small business lawyers and have to say he is by far the best."
    Ming Hwong | March 2, 2016
  • Ferris | April 9, 2016
    "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."
    Ferris | April 9, 2016
  • Mike | May 7, 2016
    "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."
    Mike | May 7, 2016
  • Gus | November 23, 2015
    "Andy quickly understood our SCUBA product and was able to get our patent filled before we went to a trade show to show of the product. I will use Andy and his firm again."
    Gus | November 23, 2015
  • Frank | May 19, 2015
    "Whether one of my current clients needs a referral for patent and/or trademark or copyright work or a business acquaintance needs some guidance, I know I can refer them to Andrew with confidence. Each client that I have referred to Andrew has returned with positive feedback regarding his professionalism, availability and genuineness to the project. I'm careful as to who I refer out as I feel it is a direct reflection on my work product as well which is why with Andrew, I have no hesitation."
    Frank | May 19, 2015
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