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Karr Tuttle Campbell’s Patent group is dedicated to providing quality legal services, with integrity, to individuals and companies doing business throughout the world. We value industry experience in our professionals, as we believe it gives important insight into the inventive process. We can help determine if an invention is patentable and design strategies to protect it. Our team members have considerable patent experience, having filed and prosecuted applications in numerous technologies. Whether the client is a large business entity or an individual inventor, we seek to identify business goals with respect to IP and help to achieve these goals. In making patent protection decisions it is typical to balance issues such as cost effectiveness, breadth of coverage, speed of patent issuance, and other factors as appropriate given a client’s unique individual business goals. Thus, our patent group is an integral part of our broad intellectual property practice.

Karr Tuttle Campbell represents clients, ranging from start-up and emerging companies to large research entities and multi-national corporations. The members of our patent group assist all manner of clients with the acquisition, protection and licensing of their valuable technology. Their experience covers a full range of patent and related matters, including: strategic patent counseling and portfolio development, patent preparation and prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for U.S. and foreign companies, patent filing and prosecution in foreign countries, and U.S. and worldwide enforcement.

Patent Preparation and Prosecution: U.S. and Foreign

We can prepare and prosecute U.S. and international applications for domestic and foreign-based clients. We prepare and prosecute U.S. patent applications and their international counterparts (through the PCT or direct regional or national filings) across a broad range of technologies. Team members have the educational and work experience to understand clients’ technologies and related business issues.

The team is experienced in conducting in person or telephone interviews with patent Examiners to aid in prosecution. We actively interview and prosecute applications after consulting with clients to determine their desired outcome. Close communication is maintained with clients during prosecution to keep them informed of the progress of their application.

We also have extensive experience in preparing and filing applications in the U.S. that were first filed abroad and in representing Asian and European-based companies, as well as other foreign-based and multi-national companies. Our in-depth understanding of technology provides a vital advantage when reviewing applications for language usage, technical accuracy, and strategic broad-based patent protection.

Patent Filing and Prosecution in Foreign Countries

International cases based on first filed U.S. patents are handled through a network of foreign counsel whom we oversee and direct in various prosecution efforts. We have access to a worldwide network of intellectual property lawyers in foreign jurisdictions to handle patents filed abroad. These foreign attorneys regularly assist in all aspects of Intellectual Property work, as well as in related corporate matters.

U.S. and Worldwide Enforcement

We help clients avoid problems or respond to challenges asserted against them, especially with regard to alleged patent infringement. In particular, we provide validity and non-infringement evaluations, formal opinions, and pre-litigation analysis of claims.