Experienced Attorney Assisting with Patent Issues in New Jersey
Helping small businesses protect intellectual property
As an entrepreneur or small business owner, it is imperative that you protect your inventions and ideas. A patent provides you with legal protection that allows you to exclusively profit from your ideas. Patenting your idea or product gives you the right to use and benefit from your design without the fear of infringement. At Werschulz Patent Law, LLC, we understand the value of your ideas and want to help you protect them. We work with start-ups and budget-conscious small businesses throughout New Jersey, metropolitan New York, as well throughout the US. We also work with foreign clients who desire patent and trademark protection in the US.
Types of patents we handle
We help business owners and inventors apply and register for the following types of patents:
- Design patents. If you have invented a new, original and ornamental design for a manufactured product, you should apply for a design patent. This type of patent protects the way something looks. Examples include jewelry, furniture and computer icons.
- Utility patents. If you have invented, discovered or improved upon a new or useful process, machine, article of manufacture or composition of matter, you should apply for a utility patent. This protects the way something is made and used. Examples include a new type of engine part or a new recipe.
We look at your invention to determine if it requires a design or utility patent, then guide you through the application process. While waiting for the issuance of your patent, your invention is marked “patent pending,” affording you substantial protections. A patent is granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a specific time period during which you retain exclusive rights to your invention.
Provisional vs. non-provisional patents
If you want a utility patent, you must decide if you want to apply starting with a provisional patent application. This does not apply to design patents.
When you are still in the developmental phase of inventing, you may want to start with a provisional patent, allowing you to begin protecting your idea while you are still working on it. An examiner does not review a provisional application. This is a less expensive first step to filing for a full patent right away.
Even if you file a provisional patent application, you will eventually need to also file a non-provisional application in order to receive patent protection. A non-provisional application must be filed within one year of the provisional application. If approved, this could lead to getting a full patent.
We understand that every legal situation and business is unique. We work closely with you to determine the best course of action for your situation. Our real-world experience has given us the necessary knowledge to help you determine whether or not you should apply for a provisional patent.
Get savvy advice from a seasoned registered patent lawyer
If you are looking to file a patent in the United States, turn to Werschulz Patent Law, LLC. We guide you through the complex patent process. We understand the costs of starting and running a business, which is why we provide affordable intellectual property services. Call us today at 908-313-2347 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our Cranford, NJ or Manhattan offices. We are available to answer any questions you may have.