Find Lawyers in Portland, Oregon for Patent Law
Paul Angello practices in Stoel Rives Technology & Intellectual Property group and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Paul concentrates on patent prosecution and litigation matters. He has participated as patent counsel in patent infringement lawsuits involving holographic optics in aircraft head-up displays, optical-based blood analysis instruments, optical-based water quality detection instruments, liquid crystal displays, diagnostic method of determi...
Chris focuses his practice on intellectual property matters. He helps companies register and protect their trademarks and service marks in the U.S. and throughout the world. Throughout the registration process, from trademark searches, filing, and through and after registration, Chris helps companies understand the intricacies of trademark law. Chris also advises companies on the value and business impacts of intellectual property. With a focus on intellectual property and general business ma...
Kassim Ferris is a partner of Stoel Rives who concentrates his practice on intellectual property and international trade regulation matters. Kassim’s intellectual property practice includes domestic and international patent procurement, strategic patent portfolio management, patent opinions, technology licensing, technology development and collaboration agreements, patent enforcement, and intellectual property dispute resolution. Kassim also regularly advises clients on national securit...
Anne Glazer is a leading intellectual property, marketing, distribution and food/beverage/cosmetics lawyer. Anne handles the broad range of product development, branding, marketing, sales and distribution issues. She regularly works with clients of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Anne works with clients to manage their legal costs through strategy development, prioritization, cooperation with in-house staff, creative fee arrangements, managing to budgets, and client staff t...
Parna is a partner at Tonkon Torp whose practice is focused on intellectual property, trademark registration and enforcement, and advising and litigating trademark portfolios for local, national, and international companies at all stages of growth. From clearance and prosecution to licensing and enforcement, her clients appreciate her comprehensive approach to protecting their intellectual property assets. Parna works closely with clients on the development of new brands and lines of business...
Approximately 50% of Kevin's Intellectual Property Law practice is devoted to preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the area of computers related to hardware, software and image processing; the remainder of his practice is devoted to client counseling , licensing , litigation and related matters. His focus includes patents , trademarks , copyrights and trade secrets . His representative clients include Planar Systems, LLC, Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc., Kam Industries, Exit E...
Wally Van Valkenburg is senior counsel to Stoel Rives. Since joining the firm in 1979, he has served as a trusted advisor and counsel to the firm’s clients across a wide range of industries, including technology, manufacturing, footwear and apparel, sports and entertainment, health care, gas and electric utilities, retail, educational institutions, trade associations, and wood products. Wally’s legal practice focuses on complex transactional matters, including M&A, licensing, ...
Elliott Williams is an associate in Stoel Rives’ Technology and Intellectual Property group, where he helps companies protect market share for innovative products and services. Elliott handles enforcement and defense litigation relating to inventions, brands, trade secrets, software, and other forms of creative work product. This often happens in federal court; before federal agencies, e.g., the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, International Trade Commission, Customs and Border Protect...
Patent Law Definition
A patent is a contract between an inventor and the government. The inventor provides a complete description of the invention to the public in an application for patent. This benefits the public by providing knowledge of the invention for use as a foundation for additional innovation. In return, if the invention is new (as compared to everything known to the public prior to the invention), a patent is issued. This patent gives the inventor a right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the patented invention throughout the United States, and from importing the invention into the United States, for the life of the patent, usually 20 years from filing.
Grant of a patent does NOT itself give an inventor a right to exploit the patented invention – it only gives the inventor a right to exclude others from practicing the invention. For example, if an inventor makes an improvement to a previously patented machine, and gets a patent, the inventor can prevent the owner of the original patent from using the improvement. However, the inventor may not be able to exploit the improvement itself, at least until the original patent expires, because such exploitation might infringe that original patent.
Title 35 of the United States Code (the “Patent Statutes”) set forth the standards and procedures for obtaining patents. Patents are granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an agency of the Department of Commerce.
The following items are patentable under these statutes:
- Processes: new methods of doing something
- Machines: engines, machinery, instruments, gadgets, etc.
- Articles of manufacture: circuits, tools, structures made of metal, plastics, ceramics, etc.
- Compositions of matter: new pharmaceuticals, chemical compounds, naturally occurring substances when substantially purified, DNA sequences, biological materials, e.g. bacteria, viruses, proteins and protein fragments, monoclonal antibodies, epitopes, and vectors.
- Improvements in any of the above
- Living organisms: genetically altered plants and animals.
- Computer programs: alone and in conjunction with other equipment.
- Business methods: methods for doing business, but not those solely directed to patenting abstract ideas.
- Designs: ornamental aspects of articles of manufacture.
- Non-patentable items include: nebulous concepts or ideas, laws of nature (e.g., gravity), mathematical algorithms alone (but computer-implemented mathematical algorithms producing a concrete, useful, and tangible result are patentable subject matter), and purely mental processes.
A key element to effective patent protection is writing patent claims that define the invention as broadly as possible, but without overlapping prior art that could make the patent invalid. This is generally best done by someone with skill and experience in patent practice, so consulting with a patent attorney is a wise choice.
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