Patent lawyers


Using a patent lawyer

A patent lawyer deals with intellectual property rights and, more specifically, those rights that concern patents.

Lawyers can help with every aspect of patent law and if you have an invention that you need to protect by patent, it is important that you instruct a specialist patent lawyer from the outset.

Patent protection

Your solicitor can advise you if you need a patent and whether an application should be made. Some creations don’t need a patent but need some other kind of intellectual property protection.

Some creations may need a patent but may also need additional protections such as design or trademark protection.

If you do require patent protection for your product, then to get it, the product must:

  • Be new
  • Have an inventive step that is not obvious to someone with knowledge and experience of the subject
  • Be capable of being made or used in some kind of industry

Patent lawyers can offer the full range of services that are involved in patenting a product. For example, patent solicitors can conduct an initial search of the patent database to ensure that your idea is not too similar to another product that has already been registered.

They can also be useful if you have applied for a patent that has been refused. If you believe that your patent application was valid and should have been granted, patent lawyers can challenge the decision in a hearing through the Intellectual Property office, and, if this is still unsuccessful, appeal the decision to the Patents Court.

Next steps

If your solicitor decides that your product can be protected by patent then the next step is for your solicitor to undertake a search of registered patents.

Your solicitor will be able to consider the likelihood of your patent being granted by the Intellectual Property Office.

In the event that your product appears to clash with another product, then it may be worthwhile narrowing the definition of your product so that a patent can still be granted. Your solicitor will be able to assist you with drafting a definition that applies only to your creation.

Are you looking to file a patent application? Contact Law works with specialist patent lawyers around the country who can help you through the process. Please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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