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Trying to patent an invention..Need crucial advise

I have an idea for a new product and would like to get a patent.  Can you really trust a patent attorney, and is one really necessary.?  Would love to hear any horror stories regarding attempting to get a patent

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Hi Keith, 

I am a patent and IP attorney, and can tell you that you can usually trust your patent attorney (as far as confidentiality).  There are a few horror stories about patent attorneys abusing attorney-client privilege, but if your attorney values his or her license, your invention is safe.  

The more tricky issues are competence and costs.  There are many very competent patent attorneys in many firms all over the U.S. (patents can be done by anyone registered with the U.S. PTO).  However, the cost in most larger firms are prohibitive for a small inventor (usually run over $10K, even for simple patents). Also, many firms give small patent work to their junior attorneys or agents, and you can't be sure that they would do such a terrific job on your patent application.   

Your best bet is to find a good attorney in a small firm or solo practice, who will give you a much better deal on price, and would take time to discuss your patent and give you personal attention.  You should also consider using that attorney for your licensing efforts after you prepare and file your patent application. 

Best of luck.


Daniel Basov
Solton Rosen & Balakhovsky LLP
212-344-1744
www.srblaw.net
  
This is not intended to provide legal advice or form an attorney-client relationship. 

 

       

Hi Keith, 

I am a patent and IP attorney, and can tell you that you can usually trust your patent attorney (as far as confidentiality).  There are a few horror stories about patent attorneys abusing attorney-client privilege, but if your attorney values his or her license, your invention is safe.  

The more tricky issues are competence and costs.  There are many very competent patent attorneys in many firms all over the U.S. (patents can be done by anyone registered with the U.S. PTO).  However, the cost in most larger firms is prohibitive for a small inventor (usually run over $10K, even for simple patents). Also, many firms give small patent work to their junior attorneys or agents, and you can't be sure that they would do such a terrific job on your patent application.   

Your best bet is to find a good attorney in a small firm or solo practice, who will give you a much better deal on price, and would take time to discuss your patent and give you personal attention.  You should also consider using that attorney for your licensing efforts after you prepare and file your patent application. 

Best of luck.

 

Daniel Basov

Solton Rosen & Balakhovsky LLP

212-344-1744

www.srblaw.net

 

This is not intended to provide legal advice or form an attorney-client relationship. 

 

 

 

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