About the Firm
Corporate Business Clients
Our Philosophy Technical Areas of Expertise
Bay Area Intellectual Property Group (Bay Area IP) is a Silicon Valley based national intellectual property
(IP) firm with offices in San Francisco, Reno, Washington D.C., and Beijing China. Our practice provides unique IP solutions for large corporations, other law firms, invention companies, and small entities.
We are especially dedicated to providing the utmost in quality and service for the intellectual property needs of large and small high technology companies.
While Bay Area IP works with countless different types of mechanical, electrical, and optics technologies, our patent firm specializes in cutting-edge computer-related hardware and software technology. From advanced semiconductor processing to computer-implemented business methods, Bay Area IP is well versed in handling intellectual property matters dealing with leading edge technologies and practices.
Bay Area IP differentiates itself from other intellectual property service providers in many respects. Bay Area IP goes beyond ordinary intellectual property procurement, management, and exploitation by fusing it with an important factor, your business. Unlike many practitioners, Bay Area IP practitioners take the time to educate themselves on the unique business environment and goals of each client and their competitors so that such knowledge can be applied when generating and enforcing intellectual property. By evaluating competing research & development and market activity, Bay Area IP is capable of increasing the value of each client's intellectual property by effecting its meaningful exploitation with a specific focus on meeting or exceeding business objectives.
To this end, Bay Area IP specializes in providing the elusive link between patent procurement and generating value for high technology corporations, large and small.
Whether we are commissioned to build and manage a complete intellectual property portfolio or support others in intellectual property portfolio development, Bay Area IP brings to the table many years of experience in intellectual property matters, and the best in quality and service.
Bay Area IP's competitive edge has been our successful strategy of right-sizing
patent protection to fit our client's needs at extremely competitive cost while not
compromising work quality. Our high volume Silicon Valley practice and our very low overhead cost structure afford us the economy of scale needed to provide very affordable IP legal work and uncompromising work quality- an extremely elusive combination to find in today's law firm marketplace. It is particularly advantageous that we can provide this quality service at price
points that small businesses and individuals can afford.
We employ technology wherever it cuts cost, and we avoid expensive
fixed overhead items. This helps us afford to spend the extra time needed to pay attention to details of each case because you are
not paying for expenses that do not increase the value of the work product.
Instead, with Bay Area IP, you are mostly paying for our patent practitioner's
talent and not the firm's overhead.
right-sized IP protection approach is particularly advantageous for medium to large business in that it enables you to
build a larger patent portfolio by more efficiently prioritizing the level of
resources allocated to each invention according to its expected value. Our
practice further supports the needs of business by way of providing consulting
services that leverage our expertise in strategic marketing, IP practice,
and IP portfolio management towards bringing coherence and increased synergistic
value to corporate efforts and assets thereby significantly improving the
company's competitive advantage.
Small Entity Practice
Our small entity practice (e.g., small start-up companies and individuals) is oriented towards serving the unique
goals and requirements of small business and individual inventors. Key to our
successful small entity practice is our quality customer service, broad capabilities, and extreme
flexibility in working with our clients to right-size IP protection to suit
their particular needs. Right-sizing IP protection is particularly important to
small business and individual inventors. Unfortunately, most practitioners have
a one-size-fits-all approach that often scares away most individual inventors
and significantly limits the patent portfolio size of small businesses.
Individual inventors are often very creative, but are usually unsure which idea
will turn into a viable product or method worth the costly investment of patent
protection. What they are typically looking for is a very affordable initial
protection that is referred to often as "Patent-Pending" status.
With Patent Pending status, inventors can market test their invention before
deciding to procure a non-provisional patent. Bay Area IP lowers the bar for
inventors to attain Patent-pending protection so low that money is not a barrier
for them to market safely their ideas and achieve their dreams. In addition to
providing "Patent-Pending" protection, Bay Area IP offers a full range of
services to support the individual inventor. Our service offering supports
inventors starting from their initial idea all the way through pre-marketing
launch with our many specialized services including invention
development, procuring "Patent-Pending status
patents, and providing marketing
assessment/planning. We work hard to offer our individual inventor clients
what they need to convert there ideas into financial success.
At Bay Area IP, one of our highest priorities beyond providing top quality IP
work product is it to understand and accommodate the needs of our clients. Key
to this understanding is to appreciate our client's goals and budget, and
thereby tailor our IP services appropriately. Unlike many IP firms, our
philosophy is to educate and empower our clients to increase final product quality and
reduce their over-all IP costs for now, and the long term. Not only do we right-size patent protection for the unique needs of the client, we also provide clients an actionable professional option/risk analysis so that they can make more accurate
decisions that best reflect their budgets and risk tolerance.
Our practice offers a wide range of IP services including patent
drafting/prosecution, Trademarks, IP searching, IP consulting, and IP portfolio management. It is our unique combination of
expertise in patent practice, business, marketing, high technology, and
invention development that aligns our work product with our client's needs and
goals as a whole, and not just with legal language disconnected from the
invention's technical or economic reality. Many practitioners have no
appreciation or understanding of the business and marketing end of invention use
and selling, and further have no, or very limited, industry experience. We at
Bay Area IP believe that our clients are served best when their patent
practitioner can ground their legal work in technical and marketplace realities.
Otherwise, the result is that patent practitioners often fail to appreciate the
true scope and context of the invention, thereby significantly diminishing the
value of the IP, or worse, producing invalid or impotent protection. We find
that our broad technical and business capability enables us to efficiently understand the
workings and application of our client's inventions, thereby reducing their
costs and improving our final work product quality.
Bay Area IP's areas of technical and patent practice expertise cover a wide
variety technologies ranging from simple mechanical inventions to
state-of-the-art electronics, hardware/software, and sophisticated business methods. This
technical expertise comes from many years of patent and invention development experience
Technical Areas of Expertise
Our areas of expertise includes, but are not limited to: mechanical, alternative energy, optics, computer/networking systems, business methods, social networking, algorithms, advanced modeling/simulation,
artificial/machine intelligence, pattern recognition, data mining, robotics,
sensors, analog/digital systems, power management, software systems/programming,
embedded real-time applications, signal processing, battery and power technologies,
semiconductors and packaging, and wireless systems.
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