The difference between an intellectual property (IP) strategy session and a free initial consultation is that the former is personalized while the latter concerns general questions. If you require more specific counsel for your patent or trademark, you will benefit from an IP strategy session. Unlike the free initial consultation, our team can discuss your intellectual property matters extensively and help you strategize your next steps.
Should I file a patent application?
In an IP strategy session, you and a team can discuss whether your invention is worthy of a patent. More specifically, we will discuss your options to help you make an informed decision about filing a provisional utility patent application. Our team will present you with common roadblocks to expect from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as ways to boost your chances of the patent being granted (or how you might move past a denial).
If you are struggling between whether a trade secret or a patent works best for your intellectual property, our team can help you understand each option’s pros and cons so that you can make the best decision for you and your company.
Because most inventions are simply improvements on already-existing products or ideas, it may become challenging to predict whether a patent will get approved or denied. However, qualified and experienced patent lawyers are in the best position to anticipate what the patent examiners will grant. So, intellectual property strategy sessions prove their value in the ways we can help predict your idea’s approval or rejection, as well as how to boost your chances of getting a utility patent granted.
You must have extensive knowledge of patent claims to know what qualifies as an acceptable utility patent. Therefore, a patent strategy session will help you differentiate between core features covered by independent claims and secondary features that should be left in dependent claims.
Since patent litigation is expensive, are patents worth the investment?
Although patent litigation is costly, our intellectual property strategy sessions can help you better understand how even a simple “patent pending” can improve your business without any litigation. Even more, our team can spell out the various kinds of patent litigation insurance that could potentially save you legal fees in defensive or offensive patent lawsuits.
Should I file a trademark application?
Before you file a trademark application, you must first ask yourself the following:
- Is this trademark simply describing my product/service?
- Is there a high possibility that I will get rejected based on the “likelihood of confusion”?
Because these questions are difficult for most business owners to answer on their own, an experienced intellectual property attorney can help you come to realistic conclusions. Because we want to save you time and money, our team members will weigh what path seems most efficient for you and your business. In some cases, creating a different trademark saves the business owner more time and money than developing a brand that has to be changed later on.
How long are intellectual property strategy sessions?
In most cases, IP strategy sessions take about an hour. Because we value your time, we offer strategy sessions in our office, and through virtual means, as well.
Stanzione & Associates, PLLC is an intellectual property law firm with over 30 years of experience protecting corporate entities, start-ups, and individual inventors. Stanzione & Associates, PLLC stands above other Intellectual Property law firms because of Mr. Stanzione’s extensive experience working at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as a supervisory level patent examiner. At Stanzione & Associates, PLLC, we have the insight and long-term relationships with the USPTO to work well with patent examiners to achieve quality patents.