Individual inventors often don’t know where to start. If you have a great idea but don’t know where to start, please give us a call. (865) 600-4321. Our firm has worked with sole inventors, institutional researcher groups, and everything in between.
A little over six years ago the United States adopted new rules for patent applications. If you have an idea, but don’t get a patent application filed, another inventor can get a patent on your idea, even if you invented the technology much earlier. The first inventor to file an application now has priority over all other inventors, regardless of how long other inventors may have been working on that technology. So, file first!
If you don’t know whether your idea is already patented, or available to the public, we can help you find out. Part of the patent application process involves searching for similar inventions. Our firm performs this prior art search as an early step in the preparation of patent applications. This minimizes the cost and time inventors must spend in the event your idea is already publicly available.
In your initial consultation our firm will help inventors understand the patent application process, explain the rights an issued patent grants, and advise about how to defend those rights after the patent is issued by the Patent Office.