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  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mediation Litigation - Patent Patent Law Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Patent Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Longview, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Patent Law
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  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee Tulsa, Oklahoma Austin, Texas Bentonville, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Patent Law Trademark Law Trade Secrets Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Venture Capital Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Copyright Law Patent Law
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James J. Murphy III was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

James J. Murphy III

Law Offices of James J. Murphy, P.C.
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana Houston, Texas Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Copyright Law Patent Law Trademark Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Intellectual Property Patent Law
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Russell T. Wong was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Russell T. Wong

Blank Rome LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Plano, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Intellectual Property Law Litigation - Patent
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Patent Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Patent Patent Law Technology Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Intellectual Property Law Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law Litigation - Patent
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  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Intellectual Property Law

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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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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.