Williams Intellectual Property, the Smart Choice!
At Williams Intellectual Property we care about our clients.
We work with you one-on-one to understand your invention and craft the best patenting strategy to meet your needs. We write each application by hand, and leverage our considerable expertise to make sure we’ve done our utmost to write you a proper patent application – one that can withstand attacks by a legal team seeking to invalidate your filing date – and we stand by our work.
In this business there are a lot of bottom feeders, who prey off inventor ignorance. Patenting is complex and highly technical – it took hundreds of years to end up where we are today. That means there’s a lot of cases and legal stuff to understand – stuff most inventors don’t know about.
Unfortunately, rather than facilitate inventor understanding, some people abuse this situation for their own ends. They offer low fees and marketing prowess. But they just take your money and don’t really do the work required.
Be wary! Below are some important things to understand about the patent business in the 21st Century.
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The Truth About “low-fee” Firms
Most “low fee” firms don’t actually do the work. They simply cut and paste your own disclosure into a patent “form” and file it as a provisional application. They won’t get a power of attorney from you, so any required communication from the USPTO will come to you directly, not them. They won’t be legally representing you. You become responsible for their mistakes. And because you’re not a registered patent practitioner, you won’t know how to respond. The result? You have a flimsy filing that will not guarantee a filing date, a provisional patent any competent legal team can invalidate. You essentially have paid for nothing. Worse – it can actually cost you: an invalidated filing date can result in losing rights to your invention forever.
Practitioners at Williams Intellectual Property write each application by hand. We make sure to properly define the metes and bounds of your invention with attention to the peculiarities of language used in the patent arts.
We will do our best to represent you, properly disclose your invention, ensure you understand the process, and sign a power of attorney putting us in the driving seat – we work for you, and we will stand behind our work.
What about Do-It-Yourself Firms, like Legal Zoom?
Legal Zoom uses a form to capture your disclosure to auto-fill a provisional application for patent form. They then use this verbiage to generate your provisional application. That means you effectively write your own application, but without having a proper knowledge of the requirements that safeguard a provisional application. A provisional application needs to include enough information to ensure its filing date is inherited by a subsequently filed nonprovisional, without unduly limiting the nonprovisional.
And remember, situations may develop throughout the course of prosecuting your patent application where your provisional needs to withstand a legal team seeking to invalidate your filing date and gain priority of your invention for a competitor.
This is complex and needs to be done with care and expertise.
An analogy is, you could probably perform a filling on your own tooth, with a mirror, a drill, and some amalgam. But it probably would take a few tries to get it right, and the end result would not be the same is if done by a dentist. But with patenting, you only get one shot. Jut like you pay a dentist to take care of your teeth, trust Williams Intellectual Property to take care of your patent application.
Practitioners at Williams Intellectual Property write each application by hand. We make sure to properly define the metes and bounds of your invention with attention to the peculiarities of language used in the patent arts. We will do our best to represent you, properly disclose your invention, ensure you understand the process, and sign a power of attorney putting us in the driving seat – we work for you, and we will stand behind our work.
The Truth About “Invention Promotion” Companies
These large companies attract inventors with promises to patent their invention and open up marketing channels otherwise not available. They get inventors to disclose their inventions, charge exorbitant fees for crafting disclosures, and then farm out the patent work to “low fee” firms – many of whom just cut and paste the sales pitch from materials already prepared for the inventor. This is as bad as retaining a “low fee” firm (see above) with the added expense of covering the promotion company’s costs.
Any inventor should always approach a registered patent practitioner first. The first step an inventor should take is a competent patent search. You want to make sure you have a shot of winning a patent, and devise suitable patenting strategy, before you spend thousands on marketing, web development, branding, and everything else profit-hungry corporations will attempt to sell you. And while no patent search is guaranteed, we can determine odds, discuss prior art with you, develop a good strategy, and file a list of references at time of filing the utility patent application that compels an Examiner at the USPTO to issue an opinion over those references – a useful thing indeed to ward off potential infringement suits down the road.
The Truth About
There is no such thing as a “provisional patent”; it’s a “provisional application for patent” – a temporary, incomplete filing that allows an inventor to file a proper “nonprovisional” application within a year, and claim the filing date of the provisional application.
A provisional application is not examined at the Patent Office, and is stored in a database. It only comes into play when a nonprovisional application, filed within 12 months of the provisional application’s filing, claims the benefit of the provisional’s filing date.
Unfortunately, some companies abuse this term, and try to sell inventors on “provisional patents” at low fees.
While patent pending is attained when filing a provisional application, it’s only pertinent when a nonprovisional application is filed! That means, to retain rites to your invention, you must file a nonprovisional (meaning the provisional is an extra cost) and there are serious repercussions if you don’t: If a nonprovisional application is not filed within 12 months, then the provisional application goes abandoned. That can be disastrous if an inventor has publicly disclosed their invention – you can lose rights to the invention for ever, under the public disclosure statutory bar.
Provisional applications do have benefits – they are a great way to rush a filing date at an affordable cost. At Williams Intellectual Property, we make sure you understand these subtleties, and will work with you to devise the best strategy to meet your needs. And we won’t leave you stranded – we’ll make sure you know when to file your nonprovisional application to maintain your filing date, and your priority to your invention.
How Can Williams Intellectual Property Offer Low Fees?
A competently written patent takes time and expertise. Most competent firms charge $10,000 to $20,000 for a nonprovisonal application, and $2,000 to $3,000 for a provisional.
At Williams Intellectual Property we charge a lot less. Why?
We believe that every inventor should have a right to representation before the United States Patent and Trademark Office – not just large corporations with huge budgets. So we developed a model that works for us, and our clients. We control our costs, tamp down overhead, and pass the savings on to you, the client.
We don’t keep a downtown office, but work out of our homes. We bill for each service we offer individually, as a flat fee (no sneaky hidden fees). We get paid for the work we do. And we have direct access to the USPTO, because our principal resides in Denver.
The bottom line, we keep our costs at a minimum. And give the savings to you, our client.