Coleman & MacDonald Law Office has an experienced team of professional patent attorneys with many years of experience in both large
corporations and IP boutique law firms. Our attorneys are very experienced in patent prosecution, patent licensing and handling patent
litigation matters in the U.S and the oversight of foreign prosecution and litigation proceedings.
We provide high quality legal services for Intellectual Property matters to both small corporations and individual inventors including high
standards of quality, confidentiality and accountability.
We provide the following patent related services:
- Novelty Searches
- Validity/Invalidity Searches
- Product Clearance Searches
Preparation and filing of Patent Applications
- Provisional Patent Applications
- Utility Patent Applications – Mechanical, Computer, Electrical, Business Methods
- Design Applications
Patent Prosecution Matters
- Patent Prosecution
- Appeals to the Board of Patent Appeals
- Patent Interference Proceedings
- Correction of patents
- Patent Enforcement
- Drafting, review and enforcement of Patent License Agreements
Please call if you need legal assistance with any patent related matter not listed above.
New Businesses – We can help you build a valuable patent portfolio protecting your innovations, which will become an important asset of
Small Corporations: We will act as outside IP counsel to your small corporation so you won’t need an in-house patent or trademark
attorney. If your corporation is cost-conscious about its legal expenses, give us a call to arrange an on-site meeting to review your IP
portfolio and to discuss your IP strategy. We offer flat fees and/or capped fees for most of our services.
Individual Inventors: We provide high quality patent prosecution and legal services at low cost flat fees. See our fees listed following.
Large Corporations: We prepare, file and prosecute U.S. Patents for large corporations on a flat fee basis. Call for a firm quote. Our patent
attorneys have in house experience at large International Fortune 100 corporations as well as many years experience at IP patent boutique
A patent gives the patent holder the right to exclude others from making, using, offering to sell, selling, or importing into the United States
the subject matter of the patent, during the term of the patent. A patent term is 20 years from the filing date. The United States Patent and
Trademark Office (USPTO) determines whether a patent should be granted in a particular case. Once a patent is granted, it is up to the
patent holder to enforce the patent rights against infringers.
U.S. Patents are enforceable only in the United States.
A patent attorney prosecutes a patent application before the USPTO in a process referred to as patent prosecution.
There are three types of patents granted by the USPTO:
- Utility Patnts (Most Common) – for discoveries of new and useful machines, composition of matter or any improvements thereto.
- Design Patents – a design patent covers any new, original and ornamental design for an article of manufacture. A design patent
protects only the appearance of the article and not structural or utilitarian features.
- Plant Patents – a plant patent covers new varieties of asexually reproduced plants.
Novelty Search or Patentability Search – a novelty search is the most common type of patent search. Novelty searches are conducted when
an inventor has an invention which he is interested in patenting, and wishes to determine if anyone has previously invented anything similar
or identical. Typically, a patent attorney reviews the results of a novelty search and provides a patentability opinion as to whether or not the
invention is patentable based on the results of the novelty search.
Clearance Searches – A Produce Clearance Search or Freedom to Operate Search identifies patents and published applications that may pose
an infringement risk to your product or service. Additionally, expired patents that may indicate that your product or service is in the public
domain are identified. The search scope may be limited to US patents and published applications, or extended to include foreign patent
references depending on your needs.
Validity Search – identifies rior art references that may be used alone or in combination to contest the validity of the claims in a patent or
patent application. Search results may include published applications and issued patents, both US and foreign, as well as non-patent literature
such as scientific journals and papers. The results of a validity search can then be compared to the claims of a patent which is the subject of
a validity analysis.
Patent Enforcement – Actions taken by a patentee against a party who is making, using, or offering for sale a product or method covered by
a patent (patent infringement).
Flat Fee Quotes
We will provide flat fee or capped fee quotes for most patent related services upon request and review of the scope of the services to be