TRLF works with inventors and innovators to protect their inventive ideas with provisional and nonprovisional utility applications, as well as design patent applications for ornamental designs.
TRLF helps clients protect their design investments with a broad range of IPR protections, including trademark, copyright, and trade dress rights. TRLF also advises companies on keeping and protecting their trade secrets.
Patent Strategy Sessions
TRLF offers Patent Strategy Sessions to corporate groups, potentially including engineers, coders, designers, and managers, as well as executives. Patent Strategy Sessions typically do not require an attorney-client relationship, and therefore tend to focus on patent (and other IPR) strategy as applied to your company, but without confidential technology disclosures. Patent Strategy Sessions allow employees to receive information and guidance from TRLF that should help them think strategically about patents. Patent Strategy Session goals include helping to create and/or expand a corporate culture of understanding, valuing, and investing in intellectual property assets. Specifically, Patent Strategy Sessions teach, particular for your target audience, how to go about strategically planning and executing a thoughtful intellectual property strategy. TRLF helps creators think about intellectual property protection in the context of their work in order to create more valuable intellectual property rights. Patent Strategy Sessions tend to include discussions of general patentability requirements and strategies, as well as suggested processes for protecting tangible and intangible investments.
Strategic Patenting Sessions
TRLF also offers Strategic Patenting Sessions. Unlike Patent Strategy Sessions, Strategic Patenting Sessions require an attorney-client relationship. Strategic Patenting Sessions tend to be multi-hour sessions with a small number of inventors, during which TRLF facilitates an invention-focused vision of future developments within the areas of expertise of the inventor(s). Strategic Patenting Sessions seem most appropriate for groups of one to approximately four inventors. Different, and similar, visions of future technology development are envisioned, discussed, and developed by participating inventors. All with an eye towards securing for your company intellectual property rights for what your inventors envision. Output from Strategic Patenting Sessions is client-dependent, and may typically include elemental claim sets for major inventions envisioned, mapping of areas for technology growth and potential intellectual property protection, and potential paths forward to protect ideas from the session and integrate them into existing corporate intellectual property strategies. Inventors may work through elemental claims with TRLF to increase ownership, understanding, clarity, and value.
Opinions and Due Diligence
The expertise and independence of outside patent counsel is often sought in helping to interpret prior art related to one or more patents or patent families. Innovators and builders often need to invest in understanding the intellectual property state of the art in relevant fields. Mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, public offerings, and private placements may all benefit from such counsel. Opinions may opine on the freedom to operate and related risks, patent landscape analyses, patent portfolio audits, and issues relating to validity or potential infringement.
The opinion process can be something like:
- Identify a question to be answered; often it will relate to a likelihood of infringement or validity, or to an intellectual property landscape
- Search for and find related art and/or be provided such art by the client
- Review the patent file history of the subject matter of the opinion to analyze the statements and changes made by the patentee during prosecution
- Construe patent claim terms, providing support
- Document answers to the question in 1 with documentary support; explain risks and significant factors that affect risks, knowing there is always some uncertainty, as both facts and a finder of facts (e.g. a jury) are necessary to formally and properly answer most questions