Patent preparation can go well beyond drafting and filing a patent application for your invention. Before incurring significant costs, we can start the process by first determining if your invention may be patentable, and then helping you decide whether to protect your invention with other forms of intellectual property, such as an industrial design, a trademark or a trade secret, rather than just patent protection. We can provide you with valuable information about your competitor’s patent portfolio and patent strategy. We have a great deal of experience filing in countries outside of the US and Canada and advice in this regard can better plan your spend on intellectual property. Our services go well beyond those of traditional patent firms.
A patent may be used as a shield to defend your company against attacks from competitors with relevant patents of their own, or alternatively a patent may be used as a sword to strike at competitors, who are infringing your intellectual property. In building a portfolio of patents it is useful to have a strategy in this regard and we can help you build one by working together. Having an IP roadmap is a very important step.
After identifying your IP, we will guide you every step of the way by advising you on foreign filing jurisdictions, benefits and drawback of filing in particular countries, and the most expedient cost effective way of filing your patent application. Advantageously, Teitelbaum & MacLean agents are registered to practice before the Canadian and US patent offices directly without incurring the expense of a foreign associate for Canadian applicants. We have a great deal of experience working with US patent examiners and understand both the US and Canadian Patent filing systems.