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Sheehan Phinney's Patent Group: Strategic Partners in Idea Protection

Monday, May 02, 2011

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Having an idea that is new and not obvious is difficult in this technology savvy age. Even back in 1899 the Commissioner at the U.S. Office of Patents, Charles H. Duell, was quoted as saying, "everything that can be invented has been invented." However, there are times when either through a momentary spark of brilliance, through long term research and development, or somewhere in-between, an invention that truly is worth protecting is the result.

What is a Patent and How does it Work?

Patents are intangible assests that protect ideas. A patent provides the owner with the exclusive right to exclude others from making, using, selling, or importing the patented invention for a specific period of time. This exclusionary right helps to prevent others from taking advantage of the patent owner's investment of time and resources. By obtaining a patent, the inventor, or company to which the patent is assigned, obtains a strategic advantage over the competition. The obtained patent can be enforced, licensed, or sold, and quite often, the mere ownership of a patent is enough to make competition think twice before using a patent owner's idea.

Our Patent Group Services: We Help from Napkin Drawings to Complex Litigation?

Our patent law group goes much further than merely drafting patent applications for inventors or just filing patent lawsuits. We work as strategic partners with clients, making sure that we fully understand their long-term goals so that we can provide cost-effective guidance throughout patent prosecution and patent litigation. Proper client communication is key during this process so our team keeps clients well informed throughout patent prosecution and patent litigation.

Our patent group anticipates possible design arounds of the competition and makes sure that creating a design around would be very difficult in light of issued patent claims. We also provide strategic guidance regarding patent protection in different geographical regions so as to positively advance long-term goals. Through many years of protecting technologies throughout the world, our team provides guidance regarding a targeted approach to patent protection so as to make sure that clients protect technologies only where necessary.

Our clients include both domestic and international solo inventors, universities, start-ups, mid-sized corporations, and large corporations. Not only do we have solid, long-term relationships with foreign agents throughout the world for proper protection and enforcement of patents, but Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA is member of Lex Mundi, the world's leading association of independent law firms. Lex Mundi provides us with additional global reach and access to legal resources that enhance our ability to serve our clients' needs around the world.

Members of our patent group serve on boards of entrepreneurial groups and have represented clients at all stages of development, both domestically and internationally. Patent group members include adjunct professors, former corporate engineers, and technology experts. In addition, members of our patent law group work seemlessly with our corporate law attorneys so as to provide thorough legal analysis and planning.

Our patent law services include, but are not limited to:

  • Patent Litigation
  • Strategic Planning for protecting ideas domestically and internationally
  • Domestic and international utility/design patent prosecution
  • Opinions concerning the infringement/non-infringement of patents
  • Opinions concerning the validity/invalidity of patents
  • Opinions concerning design of products and processes to avoid potential infringement assertions
  • Opinions concerning the patentability of inventions
  • Patent portfolio management, maintenance, and counseling
  • Patent licensing and sales
  • Patent re-examination and reissue
  • Addressing patent assertion without litigation

Questions? How can we help?

For more information about our patent law services and how we can assist you with your ideas or existing business assets please visit the Patent Group section of our website or contact Attorney Peter Nieves at 603.627.8134 or

This article is intended to serve as a summary of the issues outlined herein. While it may include some general guidance, it is not intended as, nor is it a substitute for, legal advice. Your receipt of Good Company or any of its individual articles does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green or the Sheehan Phinney Capitol Group. The opinions expressed in Good Company are those of the authors of the specific articles.