Patents protect inventions and grant a patent owner the right to exclude others from making, using, or selling the invention for a fixed period of time, which is typically 20 years from the application date. In the United States, a patent is a property right that is obtained from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
To be licensed with the USPTO and obtain a patent for their clients, patent lawyers must go through additional training and take the “Patent Bar” to become registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This requires an undergraduate degree in fields such as engineering or science. Our founding attorney, Mandana Jafarinejad, graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and went on to work in research and development for a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company in Orange County before pursuing her law degree.
If you have an invention and would like to obtain patent protection, we offer patent prosecution services to help you with the USPTO application process.
If you’re looking to enforce your rights as a patent owner, our patent litigation services might be the right choice for you.
Patent prosecution is the process of filing for and obtaining a patent. It involves drafting and filing a patent application and responses to office actions from the USPTO in pursuit of protection for an invention.
The process of obtaining a patent includes:
It’s important to keep in mind that not every invention can be patented. The USPTO will grant a patent to anyone who “invents or discovers any new, useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent.”
Your invention needs to be new, useful and non-obvious. This means the invention couldn’t have been patented before or disclosed in any public setting. Even if someone else filed their patent application for the same invention without your knowledge, you might not be eligible to file your patent. The attorneys at mjIP will conduct a thorough search to make sure your invention is new, and therefore eligible to be patented.
Being useful means that your invention needs to work, and it needs to serve a purpose. For example, you can’t patent a machine that doesn’t actually do what it’s supposed to do.
Contact us today or call 949-833-7125 for a free initial consultation on how to get started with your patent application.
Patent litigation is when someone who owns a patent enforces their right to that invention by suing another party for selling or creating the patented invention without permission.
We help individuals and businesses with patent infringement claims.
While you can technically file a patent yourself, it’s best to have a professional patent attorney represent you before the USPTO. Drafting patent applications requires extensive knowledge of patent law. You could miss important details about your invention and how you’ll be producing it, plus there’s a lot of technical language involved in writing up patents. When applying for a patent, it’s best to do so with the help of a patent attorney.
If you’ve received a cease and desist letter, or are looking to send a cease and desist to protect your own patent, you should hire a patent attorney to represent you. Our litigation team specializes in representing parties on both sides of patent infringement cases, and we know how to resolve these cases in favor of our clients.
mjIP is based in Irvine, California and we serve clients all over Orange County. We also work with business owners and entrepreneurs in the broader Southern California region, such as Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County and San Diego County.