Q. Do you need a patent attorney?
A. Yes. You need a patent attorney to take into consideration all aspects of your patent. An invention without any protection is merely an intangible idea of subjective value. A patent provides a legal safeguard allowing you to assert control over your innovation or idea and can be used to stop competitors from imitating your idea and unfairly profiting from it.
Q. Do you need a patent attorney to obtain a granted patent?
A. Lodging a provisional patent application with your relevant patent office is usually the first step in obtaining patent protection anywhere in the world. In asking the question, “Do you need a patent attorney to prepare a patent application?” you should be aware that a patent attorney is specifically qualified to do so, as it is a highly specialised process that combines both technical expertise with legal know-how.
As intellectual property is such a valuable corporate asset and because the quality of the drafting of the patent application dramatically impacts on whether copiers are able to find ways around it, under most circumstances you will need a patent attorney to prepare high quality patent applications. Patent applications should be drafted without any undue limitations to provide the best chance of stopping a competitor copying the invention.
Q. What else do you need a patent attorney for?
A. Here is a list of some activities that can be performed by patent attorneys. Do you need a patent attorney to:
- Categorise inventions, identify scope and prepare patent specifications?
- Assess whether a development is new and sufficiently inventive enough to justify a patent?
- Help you manage your IP portfolios, advise on patents and registrations held by others, and advise on whether developments infringe or might infringe rights held by others?
- Give advice on intellectual property (IP), and help IP owners register and maintain their IP?
- Apply for and obtain patents, registered trademarks and industrial designs internationally?
- Transfer technology by licensing and other processes?
- Carry out IP audits of organisations and products?
- Lodge documents with the Patent Office, and conduct applications through the process?
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