"There's a way to do it better – find it." – Thomas Edison
Indeed, a culture of consistent innovation has been the hallmark of many great companies. Once an investment in research and development yields innovation, commercial success requires careful execution … the business side of innovation. Ober|Kaler's patent lawyers understand that the research and development process – and the patents it produces – are not ends unto themselves, but rather tools to be used to protect and enhance market positions and, ultimately, the bottom line. Our patent lawyers are skilled in fields such as software, electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering, and biotechnologies. They bring a real world appreciation for the collaboration required to advance a company’s overall business goals.
Our patent lawyers work closely with in-house counsel, engineers and designers throughout the research and development process to identify strategic innovations and ensure they are protected. We provide competitive intelligence though comprehensive search and analyses of the evolution and state-of-the-art in a given technology and which may be in the hands of competitors. Where patent protection can be secured, our lawyers have considerable experience prosecuting patent applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in foreign markets. By identifying and mapping the technological landscape of an industry, we can help companies appreciate the value and potential of their patent portfolio and understand how to use these assets to achieve business objectives. We can help clients implement in-house employee patent incentive programs designed to spur the early identification and protection of new technologies.
Once patent protection is secured, our lawyers work to develop a patent enforcement strategy and maintain a company’s hard won competitive advantage. We help clients maximize patent licensing opportunities and make strategic acquisitions of intellectual property outright.
By understanding our clients’ goals and helping them manage risk efficiently, our lawyers are instrumental in opening doors that will allow them to maximize the potential of their patents. When necessary, we litigate infringement suits in jurisdictions throughout the country.
Our patent capabilities include:
- Novelty and patentability searching and analysis
- Infringement analysis and opinion
- U.S. and foreign patent application filings
- Patent prosecution
- Patent licensing
- Marketing counsel and product launch advice
- Patent litigation
- Technology transfer