Patent Support and Management

Patent Proofreading

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Proofreading is a critical step to identify errors. It is imperative for the applicant to proofread patents in order to ensure that the errors are not detrimental to patent’s enforceability. We conduct detailed analysis of a patent’s prosecution history to identify errors made by the applicant or the patent office—Read More

Information Disclosure Statement (IDS)

All patent applicants have a duty to disclose any prior art (patent as well as non-patent product) information that would be pertinent in determining the patentability of the application. Non-filing of Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) can render an issued patent as unenforceable. The duty of disclosure is continuing and can be filed at the time of filing an application or before the prosecution of the application. Our team helps in preparing IDS for US patent application filers and adhere to the processes and timelines defined by the patent office—Read More

Docketing

The docketing is a repetitive and time consuming process. It involves tracking the correspondences from the patent office and applicant pertinent to a patent application at one place. Consider doing it for a large patent portfolio, the challenge increases multi-fold. Further, the task cannot be billed to the client but is important for each patent application. Additionally, the lack of experienced professionals trained across multiple docketing platforms and maintaining high quality further adds to the woes—Read More

Trademark Searching & Registration

Trademarks play a vital role in preserving brand identity of an organization, and thus have to be protected and carefully maintained. We offer a comprehensive range of trademark solutions across trademark lifecycle from selection and adoption of marks to support prosecution-driven tasks, enforcement and trademark maintenance. Leveraging our trademark expertise, our global agent network and sophisticated technology, we serve as a strategic extension to your trademark team.

We perform comprehensive trademark searches for registered and pending trademarks. The search is conducted for marks that sound alike, similar, or confusingly similar to registered marks.

We also search international classes under which the mark may be filed in accordance with the description of services provided to us.

Paralegal Services

Our paralegal team offers superior quality and cost-effective services to law firms and organizations worldwide. We offer services such as preparing and filing patent applications, preparing information disclosure statements, maintaining dockets for each patent application, etc.

Translation Services

Patent translation is a challenging task, not just linguistically but technically as well. Moreover, an extensive experience in the patent industry is needed in order to deliver accurate translations as per the timelines. Considering the technical nature of patent documents, we combine language proficiency and subject matter knowledge to translate the complete information keeping intact the core features of the invention—Read More

Patent Illustrations and Drawings

We provide professional patent illustrations (utility and design) and drawings as per USPTO, Indian, European, and other patent office requirements. Our team has vast experience in preparing illustrations related to a number of domains including biotech, pharmaceutical, IT, computers, telecom, electronics, mechanical, automotive, consumer durables, and general utility. Using the latest CAD programs as AutoCAD, TurboCAD, and Visio, we have been delivering zero error quality drawings to law firms and corporate legal departments.

Recent Projects

Patent Evaluation

One of the patent brokerage companies needed assistance in patent ranking and bucketing. Through our indigenous method of manual screening and ranking, we assisted the client in the evaluation of patent portfolio and identified patents worth monetizing. For the high value patents, we developed EoU charts that indicated commercial prospects.

 

Asian Language Search

We assisted a leading law firm in conducting native Chinese language searches. The objective was to uncover prior art references in the Asian languages that do not have an English language counterpart. The results identified were carefully screened in English language as well as native languages.

 

Patent Searches

A US-based technology company wanted to develop a patent filing strategy. The objective was to identify white spaces and technology which would enable them to channelize their research and development initiatives. Our team structured a methodical search strategy that comprised of defining apt technology taxonomy, identified and classified patents pertinent to the taxonomy. The search enabled the client to take well-informed decisions and save cost.

 

Patent Licensing Support

Effectual assisted a US-based company in successfully out-licensing more than 50 patents to multiple players, which resulted in maximizing revenue more than 60 million dollars. We worked closely with the company’s attorney to identify target products and companies and developed Evidence of Use charts and infringement contentions. Our team provided support in preparing claim to specification charts and prepared responses to invalidity contentions.

 

Patent Drafting and Filing

A California-based technology company wanted to protect their innovative software and associated products. Despite the stringent patentability criteria for software and business method arts, we assisted them in building a strong patent portfolio. We adopted a robust approach that included a strategically planned pre-filing search to locate patents in the similar technology domain and helped them to modify and re-draft the patent claims. Through this laborious process, we were able to procure a strong patent portfolio for the company and helped in increasing their revenue.

 

IP Support Services

A Silicon Valley-based IP law firm was facing challenges related to managing its docketing backlog. Effectual supported the firm through a dedicated team of paralegals who maintain and manage patent dockets and coordinate with the concerned attorneys in preparing filing forms, sending reminders, tracking deadlines, assignment documents, and document classification and management.

 

Information Disclosure Statement (IDS)

A leading corporate filed a significant number of patent applications and faced challenges with the preparation of their IDS forms. The arduous task involved tracking and identifying the IDSs filed globally. We assisted the client in gathering the prior art from various patent databases and track the references filed in the IDSs globally. We identified all the references in the patent application and submitted the IDS as per the guidelines defined by PTO.

 

Proofreading Services

A US based law firm based was facing challenges in proofreading patent applications. The objective was to highlight clerical errors and check the subject contextually. The client partnered with us to undertake the paralegal task and minimize the office action. We identified the clerical errors such as spelling, bibliographic details, consistency in terms, claim dependencies, etc. Our service yielded significant benefits in terms of minimizing work pressure and helped the client to focus on primary areas.

 
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