I am an independent inventor. I do not have deep pockets, so the matter of hiring a professional patent firm was a very big decision for me.
Patrick Stanzione was referred to me through a mentor of mine. I was looking for Patent firm to do a thorough patent search opinion plus possibly write a professional provisional patent for an invention I was working on. It was vital to me that I was going to get an brutally honest opinion. I hired patent firms before and was lead down the rosy path to terrible disappointment and financial loss. This time I needed to know the truth.
This was an investment to me. I needed to chose the RIGHT Patent Agent and could ill afford a mistake especially at my age, almost 62. Anyone who has spent time inventing soon realizes there are many pitfalls for small inventors we know how little legitimate help there is for us. Most firms will happily ‘do the work’ and take your money, but not really dig in or take a vested interest in your project. Equally important, step in and advise you when NOT to spend the money.
Patrick Stanzione was a breath of fresh air. Not only did he do an exhaustive search and provide a professional opinion about the potential patentability of my invention, but his approach to writing a provisional patent was so much more comprehensive. Though more costly than other budget firms or do it yourself self help programs, you really should consider what you get for your money. He even saved me money by telling me what I needed and what I did not need to spend right now, for instance, the level of details in patent drawings for the provisional patent.
For me, there was no other choice. Early on, I looked at this as a strategic investment. As an unknown, I personally felt I had a better chance of opening doors if I had my patent work done by an well known award winning firm than just me, via some home grown do it yourself program such as offered by some of the invention marketing companies or pile of google patent searches.
In my opinion, NOTHING replaces specialized knowledge and experience. I personally want to give my invention the best chance at a licensing deal, and hope my decision will pay off. My decision to go the professional versus home written provisional patent route was confirmed when I recently attended the International Licensing Expo Show 2019 in Las Vegas Nevada. While talking to people that may be interested in my invention, several told me they would not even speak seriously to me if I had not had my patent work done professionally. WOW. That was an eye opener!
I now have a handful of promising leads I plan to followup with now that i am officially Patent Pending. Throughout the entire process Patrick was easy to work with, communicative, patient and encouraging and even humorous at time.
Finally, I also chose this firm because they offer turnkey services throughout the process. Because my long term objective is to obtain one or more licensing contracts for my invention, this entire process is new to me. I and confident that Patrick Stanzione Associates will be there for me throughout the entire process to guide me.
I am so thankful that I was referred to, was able to hire and I put my confidence in Patrick Stanzione and Associates. I highly recommend this firm for your intellectual property needs. It could not have been a better experience. Sincerely Crystal-Diane Nappi