Reliable Patent Attorneys Serving NJ
Tatonetti IP has successfully worked with clients from all over the United States and world. Our patent attorneys have worked on hundreds of patent applications over the years, many of which were for companies in the Fortune 500.
Our attorneys have written and prosecuted numerous patent applications in computer-related fields, including cloud and edge computing, artificial intelligence, wearable devices, and, more recently, foldable smartphones, among other technologies. We also have worked extensively with various mechanical apparatuses and medical devices in a range of technology areas for large and small firms and individual inventors.
We strive to provide the best quality patent preparation and prosecution work.
Varying Scoped Independent Claims
While some firms reiterate the same or basically the same independent claims, particularly in the software arts, we vary the elements throughout the claims to enhance the patent's protection over the invention.
Streamlined Prosecution Approach
Aside from submitting a productive set of dependent claims with the application's filing, we amend dependent claims and add new claims during prosecution to expeditiously advance prosecution and put our best foot forward at every stage of prosecution.
Local US Patent Counsel with International Experience
We regularly file National Stage applications for foreign companies and law firms, either via the Paris Convention or from a PCT application. Likewise, we understand the nuances in managing an international portfolio and working with foreign counsel to protect an Applicant's inventions abroad.
Patent Preparation, Prosecution, and
US National Stage Filing
A design patent protects the ornamentality of a product or element. Some examples a design patent can protect and be granted for include furniture, shoes, mechanical devices, graphical user interfaces (GUIs), product packaging, among other items.
The design patent, however, will not protect the functionality of a product. Pursuant to the Hague Agreement, design patent applications filed on or after May 13, 2015 have a 15 year term from the date of grant, and issued design patent applications filed before May 13, 2015 have a 14 year term.
A utility patent protects the functionality of a product, a machine, or a process. In contrast to design patents, utility patents protect the structure and/or functionality of an invention and, in most cases, should provide better coverage than a design patent. Utility patent applications can be filed to protect improvements to hardware, software, medical devices (e.g., syringes, bone screws), various machinery and equipment (e.g., excavators), and toys, among many other items.
While there are certainly exceptions to what inventions are patent eligible under 35 USC 101 (see e.g., Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International for software), the more common hurdle to patent allowance at the USPTO is overcoming existing prior art.
Utility patents have a 20 year term from the patent's priority date, with periodic maintenance fees due at 3.5, 7.5, and 11.5 years.
What our Successful Clients
have said about Tatonetti IP
Working with Tom has truly been an absolute pleasure! I was dealing with a patent for a design with many different styles and Toms recommendations and tips each step of the way was really helpful. Being unfamiliar myself with the process Tom was able to clearly explain every detail until I fully understood.
I am working on future designs and I have no doubt that I will be using Tom again. I could not have been happier and I highly recommend Tom and his team!
Tom's firm helped my business file a response to a USPTO office action we received after registering a trademark in the US. The on-boarding was efficient and Tom processed our request within a week. Very friendly and professional service!