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In 2013, the American Invents Act reshaped the playing field as far as patent law in the United States.  The U.S. is now a “first-to-file” country, thus it is essential to secure initial patent protection before seeking investment or selling products.  There are also a number of new tools that companies can use to challenge their competitor’s patent rights.  Helsell Fetterman attorneys have been at the cutting edge of helping clients obtain patents, protect their patent rights, and holding government agencies accountable for their actions affecting valuable patent rights.

Patent Law Practice Areas

Obtaining Patent Rights

  • Patent Prosecution—e.g., obtaining patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and internationally
  • Global Portfolio Management
  • Design Patents (Industrial Design)
  • Plant Patents
  • International Patents

Protecting Patent Rights

  • USPTO Ex Parte Patent Proceedings
  • USPTO Inter Partes Review and Post Grant Review
  • Patent infringement litigation in federal courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC)
  • Dispute resolution

Government and IP interface

  • Helsell Fetterman’s attorneys have been at the cutting age of using the federal laws that keep government agencies accountable, such as the Freedom of Information Act and the Administrative Procedure Act, to ensure the USPTO follows the law when making decisions that affect our clients’ valuable intellectual property rights.

Technologies and Industries

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Mechanical
  • Plant Patents
  • Environmental
  • Clean Technology
  • Alcoholic Beverage Technology
  • Medical
  • Biochemical
  • Chemical

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