Patent Prosecution

PROVIDING VALUE THROUGH SOPHISTICATED PROSECUTION PRACTICE

Organizations consistently choose Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP based on our reputation for developing unique and effective prosecution strategies.  The result is high quality patents at the lowest possible cost to you.

Our attorneys work closely with patentees to develop a sound filing strategy that complements your company’s IP culture and budget.  These strategies are tailored to your company to maximize the value of each patent in your portfolio while striving for compact prosecution to minimize costs.

The patents prosecuted by Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP have been litigated and licensed on a regular basis by many industry-leading companies. Many of these key patents have been valued in the 10’s and 100’s of millions of dollars, and have led to several high-value mergers and acquisitions.

To enhance your portfolio and further leverage your innovative technology, we provide:

  • Patent portfolio management counseling
  • Well-drafted patent applications
  • Key analysis of patent office actions
  • Recommendations  for overcoming prior art rejections while preserving valuable claim scope and clean prosecution history
  • Innovative and cost-effective ways to efficiently procure patents
  • Experience working with patent examiners to accelerate the process of obtaining a patent at the lowest possible cost
  • Working knowledge of USPTO programs designed to save time and fees

Our attorneys are experienced in developing and implementing reliable procedures for high volume filings to ensure each application filed by our firm undergoes a careful, professional review. Our sophisticated prosecution practice continues from the filing through the issuance of each application.

Whether you are an entrepreneur striving to organize and finance a start-up venture or a corporation seeking to protect their market share, Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP delivers unmatched value by providing critical intellectual property law services.

PROTECTION OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES

Through an extensive network of trusted associates spanning the globe, Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP will assist you in the protecting your IP worldwide.  Having filed patent applications in over 100 different countries, we offer a reliable path to global protection.

Given the costs to pursue foreign markets, it is essential to develop a foreign filing strategy with an understanding which foreign markets to exploit, and how best to optimize global protection.  Our experienced patent professionals will work with you to cost-effectively protect your IP outside the United States.

REPRESENTING FOREIGN PATENTEES WITHIN THE UNITED STATES

Law firms around the world entrust their clients’ matters to Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP.  We consistently issue hundreds of patents on behalf of foreign clients each year.

How your clients’ matters are handled in the U.S. can be reflected directly on your firm.  For this reason, we adopt the same top-notch procedures and policies as with our domestic clients so that we become an extension of your firm.

To ensure successful and cost-effective procurement of U.S. rights, we provide:

  • Pre-filing review/amendment of specification and claims to avoid formal objections and focus the Patent Office’s attention to the merits of the application
  • Review of technical terms translated into English to ensure intended, technical meaning
  • Effective cooperation with foreign associates
  • Studying comments with an eye toward U.S. law
  • Strategic use of petitions and accelerated examination procedures, such as the Global PPH and IP5 programs to take advantage of positive decisions of patentability from other patent offices
  • Inspection of document particulars, including accurate priority claims, compliant drawings, and required Information Disclosure Statements (IDS)

Please contact us  for our schedule of fees.

Trademark Prosecution

YOUR SOLUTION FOR BRAND MANAGEMENT AND PROTECTION

Trademark protection is the best way to protect the goodwill associated with your products or services that define your brand.  A federally registered trademark captures the association in a consumer’s mind between a product or service and the source of those goods or services.  Proper registration, usage, and enforcement of trademarks are critical to their value.  Our knowledgeable attorneys will assist you in securing protectable marks that both establish a legal avenue for enforcement and complement your brand.  Please contact us  for a consultation on brand protection, or to discuss enforcement of your existing trademarks.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR EXPERIENCE IN OBTAINING TRADEMARKS

Large companies and emerging businesses have enlisted our services to procure thousands of trademarks though the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Each application is carefully prepared and filed to minimize prosecution costs while obtaining the best possible coverage.  Because our experienced attorneys appreciate the vision of your brand, we consistently offer valuable advice to further a brand protection strategy.

Our trademark prosecution team provides a full spectrum of services, including: preparing and filing new trademark applications, providing valuable clearance opinions, responding to office actions issued during the registration process, monitoring renewals, and advising clients on filing strategies, policing efforts, and enforcement.

INTERNATIONAL SERVICES

Through an extensive network of trusted associates spanning the globe, Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP will assist you in the protecting your brand worldwide.  Having filed IP on behalf of our U.S.-based clients in over 100 different countries, we offer a reliable path to global protection.
Given the costs to pursue foreign markets, it is essential to develop a foreign filing strategy with an understanding which foreign markets to exploit, and how best to optimize global protection.  Our experienced trademark professionals will work with you to cost-effectively protect your brand outside the United States.

PROTECTING FOREIGN CLIENTS’ BRANDS IN THE U.S.

Law firms around the world entrust their clients’ matters to Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP.  We frequently file trademark applications on behalf of foreign companies at competitive rates.  How your clients’ matters are handled in the U.S. can be reflected directly on your firm.  For this reason, we adopt the same top-notch procedures and policies as with our domestic clients so that we become an extension of your firm.

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Copyright Protection

YOUR WORKS DESERVE PROTECTION

As an IP focused firm, we specialize in copyright registration and protection for a vast scope of subject matter, including, literary works such as books, catalogs, sales directories, computer programs or business brochures and pamphlets, musical works, art work including paintings, photographs and labels used for articles of merchandise, internet websites and contents including the design of a website, graphics, original text, links, and all other distinctive elements that contribute to the uniqueness of the website, fabric design, motion pictures, other audio visual works, and even color arrangements.

The Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following: reproduce the works in copies or phonorecords, prepare derivative works, distribute copies or phonorecords by sale rental, lease, or lending, perform the copyrighted work publicly in the case of sound recordings, and display the copyrighted work publicly.

Our attorneys will help prepare the copyright registration for your works.  Additionally, we can represent you in contract negotiations involving your works, ensuring that your rights are fully protected.  Contact us  regarding the protection of your copyright-able works.