patent is the right to exclude others from making or using your
ideas for about 17 years (even excluding them from using their own
products in some situations).
Benefits Of Patents
Reducing the number of competitors
in the market
Revenue from licensing
or joint-marketing for needed technology or marketing resources
Confidence for venture capitalists
or other investors
Increase the value of the company
In the case of liquidation, can
sell the IP portfolio separately
Consulting can assist you in virtually every aspect of intellectual
property management. We can
help you identify patentable ideas.
We can help you with proper identification, writing specification,
research, and filing. Napa Consulting's patent affiliates can provide
recommendations relative to how and when to file for a patent before
private placement, sale, or public disclosure.
understand your technology and the U.S. Patent Office process. Napa Consulting’s senior patent manager has
worked for U.S. Patent Office for over five years where he was primary
patent examiner. Our patent
team has 80 publications and more than 15 patents relating to internet
security, watermarking, hash function, digital rights management,
That Can Be Eligible For Patent
Articles of Manufacture
algorithms, data structures, new applications, business procedures,
and new technology can be patented.
Abstract ideas or pure mathematical
formulas, for example: 2+2=4
Natural phenomena, for example:
In the United
one can file a patent application before (or during the one year
after) public disclosure or offer of sale.
Thus, there is a one-year grace period for filing the application.
However, in foreign countries, there is no grace period. One can
take advantage of a U.S. filing date for foreign applications, if
it is filed within one year of the U.S. filing date.
to defend the company's use of a technology or idea, if a competitor
sues to stop such use
to maintain use of a technology or idea and prevent competitors
from such use
strong patent portfolio includes both defensive and offensive patents,
designed around a given technology, process, or product. There may
be some overlaps in the coverage or scope of claims.