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Stevens Law Group has earned a strong reputation and has a well-established practice in all areas of patent law, including the preparation and prosecution of applications for patents, patent reexaminations, patent licensing, and patent infringement litigation.

 

Our patent practice group is made up of experienced passionate attorneys and patent agents with an extensive understanding of U.S. and International Patent Office procedures. We have extraordinary depth and expertise in certain of technologies, and we take on only select clients that require focused and specialized services.  All of our patent attorneys and patent agents have degrees in electronics, semiconductor and software engineering, and most have real-world hands-on experience in the fields of electrical engineering and computer science. We love technology and enjoy learning about our clients’ latest innovations.

 

Nationwide, we are consistently ranked at the top in the following technology areas:

  • Computer software
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Medical
  • Chemical and Semiconductor
  • Biotech and Life Sciences

 

Our patent services include:

  • Filing U.S. and international patents
  • Responding to Office Actions
  • Filing petitions to the Commissioner of Patents & Trademarks
  • Provoking interferences
  • Filing for reissue
  • Filing ex parte and inter parties reexaminations
  • Appealing cases to the Board of Patent Appeals
  • Appealing cases in the courts

 

Experience and Technical Expertise

Our thorough understanding of technology allows us to readily understand inventions and prepare patents which include the relevant technical details clearly and succinctly – protecting valuable time and resources. We have a successful track record in obtaining patent protection for inventions including:

 

Semiconductor manufacturing equipment and processing

  • Production
  • Testing
  • Inspection

 

Processor architecture

  • General purpose processors
  • Digital signal processors (DSPs)
  • Graphics processors
  • Network processors

 

Computing system architecture and design

  • Chipsets
  • Memory Controllers
  • Interfaces
  • I/O Devices

 

Networking system architecture and design

  • Optical
  • Electrical
  • Protocols
  • Devices

 

Signal processing

  • Analog/discrete
  • Digital video/imaging
  • Networking service technologies
  • Graphics
  • Encryption/decryption
  • Compression/decompression

 

Logic and transistor level circuit design

  • Digital
  • Analog
  • Circuit design tools
  • Electronic Design
  • Automation (EDA)

 

Software

  • Big Data Algorithms and Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Social Networks
  • Video Delivery
  • Compilers
  • Operating systems
  • Internet
  • Applications
  • Enterprise

 

Mechanical arts and pure sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Optics
  • Magnetics
  • Thermodynamics

 

Wireless technology

  • LAN
  • WAN
  • Broadband
  • Cellular

 

International Practice

Intellectual property law is now more international in scope than ever before. We have long-established relationships with foreign patent firms spanning the world to assist in the international filings of patent applications on behalf of our clients.  As in all of our services, we focus on high quality work product and aggressive cost savings for clients.

 

Applications for foreign patents may be filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, as well as directly in numerous industrialized nations abroad. We also have a large foreign clientele on whose behalf we file applications for United States patents claiming inventions made in other countries.

 

Our long-term relationships with more than 100 patents firms around the globe result in unparalleled access to an international team of associates focused on client success and cost savings.

 

Patent Strategy

Our extensive understanding of technology is paired with our ability to truly understand our clients’ business. By understanding how each idea fits into a client’s business strategy, we play a significant role in the creation of a cohesive and strong patent strategy. Once a strategy is in place, we can assist in targeting spending, encouraging innovation, and maintaining a patent program that will produce optimal results.

 

Patent Opinions and Searches

We conduct patent-related searches such as:

  • Broad searches to explore the state of the art in a particular field
  • Patentability searches to determine the likelihood of obtaining a patent on a particular invention
  • Infringement searches to determine whether the claims of any patent might be infringed by the manufacture, use or sale of a client’s product
  • Validity searches to uncover prior art patents that might be cited to support an argument that a particular patent in invalid

 

The results of these searches are analyzed and opinions are then rendered based upon such analysis. Such searches are both domestic and international in scope, and usually include searches for pertinent literature in the field, as well as patents.

 

Portfolio Analysis and Due Diligence

We have the expertise to review and evaluate a patent portfolios. Many companies desire to give their patent portfolios and generally IP legal processes a sanity check after years of development.  Often, internal processes go unchecked and require a fresh new look for cost savings and overall optimization.  Portfolio analysis may also be done as part of a “due diligence” process if a client is acquiring a technology-based company. Portfolio analysis includes the evaluation of patents, the research of records at the USPTO to confirm a clear chain of title, and conducting prior art searches to verify validity.  We can help analyze and evaluate a company’s patent portfolio and processes and restructure your processes to help recognize the full potential of your company’s IP.

 

Reexamination and Reissue

We are nationally recognized as experts filing or responding to ex parte and inter partes reexamination requests.  We have participated in the development of the America Invents Act, and have consulted with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the drafting of the new rules according to the new patent statute enacted in 2011.  Reexamination requests are an alternative to patent litigation, proceeding before the USPTO. With our comprehensive knowledge of the USPTO, along with our experience in prior art searching, we are well positioned to assist clients with reexamination issues.

 

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