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Helping inventors navigate through the patent process
International Patent Group is a highly specialized firm that
provides complete patent services from the initial review of an idea
or invention, through the preparation and prosecution of your patent
application, to the final outcome of the examination process which
hopefully results in an issued patent. Assistance can also be
provided in the filing of patent applications in many foreign
countries or through the international application stage (PCT). We
have experience in provided services for inventions in a wide
variety of industries and with corporations located all over the
world, but no matter how large or small our clients get the same
level of attention and detail.
Patents are highly regarded as one of the most import assets an inventor or company can have. The owning of a monopoly on an invention gives you the opportunity to control the outcome of your idea.
Probably the biggest question clients have after an invention has been conceived, is What's Next. To assist you, International Patent Group is able to provide the following services.
Patent Searches and Legal Opinion
patentability search is probably the most valuable tool you can
have during the initial stages of invention development. Our
searches are performed by a registered U.S. patent agent and are
never sub-contracted out. Standard patentability searches
include a thorough search of U.S. patents and published
applications, and a foreign patent documents.
The results of a patentability search will assist you in the decision of which type of patent application should be filed or if more work is needed on your invention.
If required, a formal legal opinion on patentability can be prepared.
Provisional Patent Application
A provisional patent application (PPA) allows you to get in the patent system more quickly and at less cost than a non-provisional patent application. It provides the means to establish an early effective filing date for any future U.S. or foreign patent application filed within 12 months from the provisional filing date. It also allows the term "Patent Pending" to be applied to your invention. This can be very useful for clients who would like to test the market place for one year before making the commitment and expense to move forward with a non-provisional patent application.
Non-Provisional Patent Applications
A non-provisional patent application is offered for three types of patents:
International Patent Application (PCT)
application or Patent Co-Operation Treaty (PCT)
application is an international treaty, administered by the
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), between more than
125 Paris Convention countries. The PCT makes it possible to seek
patent protection for an invention simultaneously in each of a large
number of countries by filing a single “international” patent
application instead of filing several separate national or regional
patent applications. The granting of patents remains under the
control of the national or regional patent Offices in what is called
the “national phase”.