As a burgeoning patent procurement law firm, The Harris Firm has a wealth of knowledge and experience working with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As a former Patent Examiner, Mr. Harris has unique insights into the inner workings and policies of the USPTO. This depth of education and experience enables the firm to analyze technical and legal issues efficiently and effectively, and to present the most persuasive case on behalf of our clients.
We understand the importance of face-to-face and telephonic discussions with Patent Examiners in overcoming the communication barriers often created by written documents attempting to present objections and convincingly express arguments. With multiple of our associates located less than fifteen minutes from the USPTO, we routinely conduct personal and telephonic meetings with Patent Examiners to crystallize, and many times resolve, the issues present in each patent application without building an overly restrictive record. We regularly communicate with USPTO administrative staff to keep a patent application moving smoothly through the labyrinth of the USPTO from the date of filing to the date of patent issuance and beyond.
After issuance of a patent, we counsel our clients on post-issuance practice including reissue applications, reexamination proceedings and the use of interference proceedings to resolve priority of invention and inventorship disputes.
Much of the patent prosecution work we perform involves preparing new patent applications based on invention disclosures, followed by filing and prosecuting these applications. In addition to a domestic practice, we act as a US representative on behalf of multiple international clients. Much of this foreign originated application work requires revisions to existing foreign patent applications prior to filing and prosecution, as well as in depth prior counseling with particular regard to exploitation in Europe, China, Japan, Canada, Korea, and India.
In many cases, we provide detailed commentary to the client regarding office actions received from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and our recommendations for responding to the office actions. The extent of our commentary and recommendations throughout the patent process is tailored to the particular client’s desired approach.
At The Harris Firm, our objective is to help clients protect their innovations through patents, to enable them to use their own innovations freely and to maximize the revenue generated by their products and processes. We provide a full range of patent prosecution related services to fulfill these objectives, including:
- Conducting patentability studies
- Preparing and prosecuting patent applications
- Correcting errors in issued patents through reexamination and reissue proceedings
- Conducting patent interference proceedings
The combination of our dedication to high quality work, our technical expertise, and our USPTO, industry and patent prosecution experience – along with our location – provides our clients with unparalleled patent prosecution and counseling services and value.