Patent Preparation + Prosecution

We are one of the nation’s leading intellectual property and technology law firms, securing hundreds of patents every year for some of the world’s largest, most innovative companies. In the most recent rankings of the nation’s top IP law firms, we were ranked 30th for the number of patents prosecuted per year.

With a focus on patent preparation and prosecution since our beginning in 1996, we have formed decades-long partnerships with companies such as Applied Materials, IBM, Disney Pixar, Weatherford, ExxonMobil, and HTC. We serve as extended, trusted members of the companies’ legal and R&D departments, working seamlessly together to build, leverage, and protect their IP assets.

Deep Technical Expertise

As engineers, scientists, and IP specialists with hands-on work experience in a diverse range of technology areas, our attorneys speak the language of technology and innovation. Our broad base of technical expertise enables us to prosecute patents for virtually any technology. For many clients, we serve as a single source of patent expertise for an array of technical inventions.

Highly Collaborative Approach

We don’t work in practice silos. Instead, our team of nearly 80 patent prosecutors collaborates across technical disciplines—combining different skill sets, technical expertise, and personality types—to ensure we achieve the best results for our clients, never wasting time or resources.  

We secure strong, commercially significant patents by:

  • Conducting in-person, in-depth interviews with inventors, asking the right questions to understand the technology and what is truly novel about the invention
  • Reviewing prototypes and drawings
  • Attending engineering reviews and brainstorms
  • Exploring not just the technology, but the client’s business, including goals and budget constraints
  • Prioritizing IP opportunities and devising comprehensive, customized patent strategies, including whether, how, and where to file for patent protection

Sophisticated Services at Competitive Rates

Our depth of resources and advanced systems enable us to handle high-volume caseloads and efficiently manage large, diverse patent portfolios. For many of our established clients, we manage entire multi-million-dollar patent portfolios. We work with a network of patent firms around the world, overseeing international patent portfolios for many of our global clients.

With the majority of our patent attorneys based in low-cost-of-living cities, we provide competitive rates for superior patent services. However, we never charge for travel. We own our own plane so that we can quickly fly to our clients’ locations whenever they need us. Our service model, firm structure, and established processes enable us to provide sophisticated patent expertise at or below industry cost averages.