Patent prosecution with leading industry knowledge
At The Rapacke Law Group our goal is to provide the most meaningful and effective patent preparation and prosecution services for our clients. We view the task of securing solid patent protection for our clients’ to be the primary mission, from which licensing, enforcement and other activities flow. While we demand excellence in our work product, we also understand that it is equally important to anticipate needs, be responsive and deliver cost-effective results to our clients.
Our patent attorneys have expertise in patent prosecution, litigation, opinion drafting and post-grant practice to maximize the value we add to these important investments. Beyond our direct experience successfully filing thousands of applications with the USPTO, we have the technical ability to handle virtually any project, regardless of complexity.
We are structured to handle projects of any size with a legal support staff including patent agents, paralegals, search specialists, and docketing and research professionals skilled in managing patent portfolios.
Understanding your technology and business goals
At The Rapacke Law Group we take the time to understand the nuances of your products and their significance in your overall business strategy. We believe that regular communication leads to a deeper understanding of our clients business and legal needs and allows us to devise the most creative and effective strategies to protect our clients’ valuable innovations. Industry experience and technical knowledge are essential when it comes to building durable patents that protect your valuable innovations. With strong engineering backgrounds, our firm’s patent attorneys have extensive academic and practical experience in a wide range of industries including:
The Importance of Prior Art Searches
Whenever you think you have a new invention, it is always smart to obtain a prior art search before deciding whether to invest time and money into obtaining patent protection. A prior art search is a search conducted by a patent attorney or patent agent to identify any prior art that is publicly available that effectively teaches or suggests your invention. The prior art that is searched includes published patents, patent applications, periodicals and other relevant sources of public information. Prior art searches typically utilize a combination of keyword searching, name searching and searching of art classifications used by the US Patent Office, in combination with other searching techniques, to find relevant prior art.
Knowing whether or not something like your invention already exists out in the world can be very informative in your decision to pursue patent protection. The results of a prior art search can confirm whether your invention is novel and non-obvious, and worth protecting. Similarly, even if the prior art search yields some relevant results, these results can be analyzed to help determine the scope of patent protection you should pursue for your invention. A prior art search is a form of due diligence and the results can help you avoid getting a rejection from the Patent Office during the patent application process.
The Rapacke Law Group performs thorough prior art searches to better understand the prior art landscape and how your invention fits into that landscape. We evaluate any relevant prior art and draft patent claims that distinguish your invention from the prior art in order to help reduce the risk of receiving a rejection from the US Patent Office during prosecution of your patent application.
Responding to Office Actions
When seeking patent protection from the US Patent Office, it is typical to receive at least one Office Action from the patent examiner assigned to your patent application. An Office Action is a written statement explaining the examiner’s position concerning the patentability of your invention claims as presently presented. Claims can be changed, or amended, during the course of patent application prosecution, for the purpose of capturing your invention in a way that distinguishes your invention from the prior art identified by the examiner.
Patent applicants, through their patent lawyers, must respond to Office Actions in a timely manner or risk their patent application going abandoned. When an Office Action is a Non-Final or Final Rejection, applicants have two options for moving forward without letting their application go abandoned:
- Amend the claims to distinguish the invention from the cited art, and/or
- Argue that the examiner is incorrect or mistaken in his or her interpretation of the cited art.
At The Rapacke Law Group, we routinely respond to Office Actions by amending claims and arguing the technical points of distinction between the invention and the cited art of record. By exercising sound logic, careful analysis and a high degree of attention to detail, we work with our clients and the examiner to move prosecution forward.
A fixed-fee approach to patent protection
We pursue every avenue to reduce costs for our clients. To ensure that objectives are clearly defined and budgets are met we offer the majority of our services at a cost-effective fixed fee, including:
- Preparing, filing, and prosecuting patent applications at the USPTO
- Offering opinions on patentability, validity, infringement, and freedom to use
- Enforcing patent rights in U.S. district courts and on appeal
- Addressing USPTO post issuance proceedings
To add further value, we help our clients to identify new market opportunities and strategic partners.
We encourage you to request our schedule of typical patent fees. Call us today at (954) 533-4396 to request more information regarding our services.