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U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE PROSECUTION

PATENT SEARCH AND ANALYSIS

A great patent can mean the difference of whether your business thrives or fades away.  Well-crafted patent rights can be among your most valuable assets in your enterprise.   Like all IP rights, patents grant the patent holder rights in property that can be bought, sold, and licensed to others.  When your business is valuated, your patent portfolio will be thoroughly reviewed by seasoned patent attorneys.  Their inquiry is not merely whether the business has patents, but whether those patents can provide real-world value to the future of their business. The value of a patent is pinned on expertly-crafted patent claims that are supported by a solid specification and patent drawings. ​ IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CLAIMS ​ Great patent claims distill the critical elements of your technology into meaningful distinctions that give you an advantage.  Are the patent claims broad enough to be commercially useful and prevent copying?  Are the patent claims laser focused on features critical to your enterprise?  Do the patent claims maximize the patent's value to your business- at your point of monetization?   At Briggs IP, we think critically about the answers to these questions throughout the entire patent drafting and prosecution process. These are the same questions upon which the world's largest enterprises focus when considering a business acquisition.  Our focus is the creation of world class intellectual property for our clients that brings real commercial value, no matter how you plan to use it. If you are a Fortune 500 enterprise, a garage inventor with disruptive technology, or anyone in between, we would love to help you reach your goals!​

 

COPYRIGHTS

The Internet and today’s digital technology have singularly changed the ability to disseminate and share information around the globe. To maintain a competitive advantage, companies and organizations need clear guidance and creative solutions to protect their copyrighted works. 

Companies that rely on third-party content need guidance regarding their responsibilities to copyright owners.

If you are a Fortune 500 enterprise, a garage inventor with disruptive technology, or anyone in between, we would love to help you reach your goals!

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TRADEMARKS

A trademark is any word, name, symbol or device used to identify the source or origin of goods or services and to distinguish the goods or services from others. Trademark protection applies to trademarks, service marks, collective membership marks and certification marks. ​Trademark rights are property in a mark, and are an important asset for a business that cares about preventing others from using similar marks on goods or services that would be likely to confuse the public as to the source or origin.  A number of factors are considered when determining whether there is a likelihood of confusion. These include the similarity of the marks, the similarity of the goods or services and the strength of a mark. “Trade dress” refers to the overall image of a product, including configuration, design or overall impression, and packaging.  Coca-Cola bottle shape with the distinctive script used for the name are considered, in combination, trade dress.  Fiberglass from Owens-Corning is pink, which has been considered by the courts to be trade dress.  Trademark rights may have infinite duration, but they must be used properly.  Your trademark may become "generic" if your intellectual property team fails to police users of your mark.  Trademarks that have become generic include lineoleum, termos bottle, aspirin, kleenex, and many others. ​If properly protected and policed by watching the marketplace for infringing uses, trademarks can represent a major asset for a business.  The “Budwiser” trademark is worth over $3 billion! ​If you are a Fortune 500 enterprise, a garage inventor with disruptive technology, or anyone in between, we would love to help you reach your goals!

 
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START-UP

You've started your venture.  Your ideas are taking shape.  But do you have a plan?   Not every idea should be patented.  Sometimes maintaining intellectual property as a trade secret should be considered.  Some trade secrets will serve you better as a utility patent.  Knowing the when to go one way versus another takes years of experience and expertise in business, technology, and the law.  Let us help. A well developed patent or portfolio of patents can be the competitive advantage that your business needs.  We can help your business reach its commercial potential using our extensive knowledge of the USPTO and our experience drafting and prosecuting patents.  Our lawyers possess experience in all phases of the transactions associated with portfolio management including analysis of existing IP, its worth, and how to best protect it in the future, drafting of licensing agreements to allow for use of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other IP, either by our clients or by business partners of our clients, and drafting of non-compete agreements and work for hire agreements to protect our clients from potential misuse of IP by both employees and independent contractors. ​ Our lawyers are experienced at negotiating, facilitating, and drafting agreements for the sale of or licensing of IP by our clients to others individuals or entities, as well as drafting of employment procedural handbooks and company policies concerning IP issues ​ If you are a Fortune 500 enterprise, a garage inventor with disruptive technology, or anyone in between, we would love to help you reach your goals!

 

LICENSING

A great patent can help to control unfair copying of your ideas and designs for a limited time.  Like all IP rights, they grant the patent holder rights in property that can be bought, sold, and licensed to others.  For these reasons, well-crafted patent rights can be among your most valuable assets in your enterprise.  

When your business is valuated, your patent portfolio will be reviewed.  Thoroughly

 

The inquiry is not merely whether the business has patents, but more importantly, whether those patents, if asserted, can provide real-world value to the future of that business. That value is provided in many different ways, and they all revolve around the patent claims.

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CLAIMS

Great patent claims distill the critical elements of your technology into meaningful distinctions that give you an advantage. 

  • Are the patent claims broad enough to be commercially useful and prevent copying? 

  • Are the patent claims laser focused on features critical to your enterprise? 

  • Do the patent claims maximize the patent's value to your business- at your point of monetization?  

At Briggs IP, we think critically about the answers to these questions throughout the entire patent drafting and prosecution process. These are the same questions upon which that the world's largest enterprises focus when considering a business acquisition.  Our focus is the creation of world class intellectual property for our clients that brings real commercial value, no matter how you plan to use it.

If you are a Fortune 500 enterprise, a garage inventor with disruptive technology, or anyone in between, we would love to help you reach your goals!

 

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