KEY CONTACT: Anthony S. King
OFFICE: 2879 368 949
Patent Prosecution & Registration:: In an information age, protecting one's intellectual property is crucial in the success and longevity of any business. In doing so, obtaining and enforcing patents is often a major concern that needs specialized attention. To meet these needs, we have developed a robust patent practice which allows us to obtain patent protection on behalf of our Clients, domestically and internationally. From initial filing to registration, our Patent Attorneys have substantial experience in dealing and maneuvering through the hazards and complexities of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") process. In fact, each of our highly regarded registered Patent Attorneys hold technical degrees which allows our Patent Lawyers to obtain patent protection in a wide range of disciplines including software, biotech, business methods, internet, medical devices, design patents, and simple to complex mechanical devices. The Patent Attorneys at Ardent specialize in drafting patent applications and obtaining patent protection in a cost effective yet timely manner. We pride ourselves on being approachable for we take the time to explain complex patent issues and procedures to our Clients. Our Patent Attorneys, including a former USPTO patent examiner, are experts in negotiating and communicating with the USPTO to ensure that the application receives efficient and proper review throughout the registration process. Whether it is responding to office actions arguing for registration or personally conducting in-person interviews with the patent examiner at the patent office, our patent Attorneys have the experience and expertise to handle all matters. If you are looking for a Patent Attorney, please call to schedule your free initial consultation. We service clients all across the United States and internationally. ::USPTO Patent Counsel for Foreign Companies:: Foreign companies who seek U.S. patent protection retain the services of our Patent Attorneys to initiate and navigate the complex U.S. patent system. Because of our diversity, international relationships and expertise, we have a global reach in prosecuting and procuring patent protection on behalf of our foreign Clients. Our patent Attorneys are fluent in several foreign languages, and represent foreign companies in countries such as China, Taiwan, Korea and Vietnam. ::Patent Litigation:: Our Patent Litigation Attorneys have wide-ranging experience in prosecuting and defending against patent lawsuits before the United States District Courts and United States Court of Appeals. We are meticulous in our analysis of each of our Client's goals and protection from infringement. We carefully compare the patent registration with the allegedly infringing goods to ascertain whether or not the goods infringe the patent. We help our Clients establish their patent lawsuit goals, which may often include a successful defense against a patent infringement lawsuit and preserve their rights to sell certain goods, or to pursue a patent infringement lawsuit against infringers and stop (enjoin) those infringers from selling infringing goods and require the infringers to disgorge their profits and pay our Clients' losses. Our policy is to vigorously pursue every legal avenue to achieve favorable results for our Clients. To that end, we consistently re-evaluate the possible results and risks of any patent infringement lawsuit, and communicate those possible results and risks to our Clients regularly. Moreover, our Attorneys adhere to the Ten Commandments of Litigation which we developed solely for the benefit of our Clients. You will find them on our site. In synopsis, our experience includes handling cases alleging, among other things, direct and indirect patent infringement; infringement of utility, design, and plant patents; patent infringement by imported goods; and infringement of provisional patent rights before patent registration. When you need the service of a Patent Litigation Attorney, please call to schedule an initial consultation. We service clients all across the United States and internationally. ::Patent Reexamination:: Patent owners and defendants in patent lawsuits often choose Ardent to assist them in navigating the complex waters of the patent reexamination process. We are experts in instituting patent reexaminations and routinely perform both inter-partes and ex-partes patent reexaminations on behalf of our clients all across the world. As part of our commitment to assisting our clients develop, implement their intellectual property portfolio, we are often called to initiate patent reexaminations for a variety of reasons such as: 1. Terminate or Defer Patent Litigation: Today, defending a patent lawsuit can be very costly, in terms of both time and money. Although often times aggressively defending against a patent infringement action in court is the best choice, the role of patent reexaminations is fast becoming a reasonable and cost-effective alternative. Patent reexaminations fall within two categories: ex partes and inter partes. Patent Reexaminations in a patent litigation context are often used to seek to have the USPTO re-consider prior art which may limit certain claims of the patent at issue or invalidate the patent all together. IN addition, instituting a patent reexamination may stay or in other words delay the pending litigation until the patent reexamination process is completed. Certain advantages and limitations exists with patent reexaminations which is addressed in more detail here but Ardent works closely with our clients in analyzing and determining the best patent litigation strategy which may or may not include patent reexaminations. 2. Strengthen a Patent Owner's already pre-existing Patent: As part of a comprehensive approach in maximizing our client's patent rights and portfolios is the need to file continuation patents on new changes and modifications to our client's past patented technologies. In the cases where a continuation patent is not pending or certain USPTO time limitations prevent the filing of continuation patents, a patent can be strengthened by that patent owner filing its own patent reexamination. Often times, new prior art is revealed that may affect the patent owner's patent and by initiating a patent reexamination, the patent owner in essence receives a second review and opinion on the validity of the patent and possibly a second stamp of approval by the USPTO. It is well documented that for patent litigation purposes, it is more difficult to attack a patent in court on a validity claim it the prior art was already reviewed by the USPTO. As a result, patent claims may be allowed to be re-written and additional claims may be added during the patent reexamination process. Thus, the patent attorneys at Ardent work closely with the patent examiner to ensure the broadest patent protection is possible during a patent reexamination procedure. 3. Minimize or Eliminate Third Patent Threats: Many of our clients often are threatened or concerned by a competitor's patent or a third party. In these instances, we have been able to successfully use patent reexaminations to invalidate a competitor's patent or severely limit the scope of such patent which results in disarming the patentee's ability to enforce the rights in the patent in the future. Not wanting to attract the patentee's attention to our client, an advantageous method of proceeding is to file an ex parte patent reexamination anonymously. The patent attorneys at Ardent have extensive experience in preparing strong and comprehensive prior art arguments in ex parte reexaminations thereby producing favorable results for our clients. When you need the service of a Patent Reexamination Attorney, please call to schedule your free initial consultation. We service clients in Orange County and all across the United States and internationally.