patent applications services
patents are best suited for those who have relatively high confidence
that their invention is marketable, and seek a higher quality
patent that is more likely to be valuable enough to sell/license, and/or
be strong enough to provide commercial protection in litigation. The
non-provisional patent process generally consists of invention
development, searching for
prior-art, getting a patentability
opinion, applying for
a patent, and prosecuting the application until the patent is awarded.
provide patentability opinions by analyzing the results of a detailed
prior-art search. The patentability
opinion is rendered by a Bay Area IP registered patent professional
who evaluates the most relevant references found in the prior-art search,
and determines how they effect patentability in the context of your disclosure.
The written opinion serves as a basis for the inventor/company to decide
whether the investment in prosecuting a patent application is worthwhile,
or if they should redesign their invention around the prior-art.
Area IP recognizes that individual and small business inventors sometimes
need a very affordable provisional "patent-pending" protection mechanism
that they can use for market testing their invention before investing
in a non-provisional patent, and at other times need a high quality
provisional application to protect a potentially seminal invention. That
is why we offer two categories of service- the first is our quality
oriented provisional application service, which serves clients who
wish to have a relatively good quality
follow-on non-provisional application. The second category of service
provides a vehicle for the "do-it-yourself"
individual inventors who are more concerned about attaining a "patent
pending" status at little cost so they can test market their invention
to determine its value before investing significant funds. We refer to
this category of provisional application as our low-cost "Patent-Pending"
and Design Patents
types of patent we prosecute are Plant and Design patents. Plant patents
protect asexually reproduced varieties of plants. Design
patents are given for new "ornamental" designs.
addition to our above domestic patent practice, we extend your patent
protection internationally through the Patent
Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Through the PCT mechanism, we submit an
international patent application based on your US patent application.
corporate support services help in-house patent staff who find themselves
inundated and sometimes unable to keep up with current "best practices"
in light of recent court decisions. Bay Area IP's IP focus, great service,
and technical expertise helps small businesses decrease their patent budgetary
costs, and improve patent quality.