We work closely with our clients, taking the time to know both the invention and the technological field in which a patent for the invention could possibly be used. Analytical assessment to determine the viability of pursuing a patent is equally thorough. When requested, we search and review the prior art for the most relevant references to your invention and not only ascertain whether patent protection is available, but whether that option makes sense, given the expected scope of protection.
Utility patents protect functional innovation, while design patents protect aesthetic aspects of an article. Both give the holder the right to exclude others from practicing what is claimed in the patent. Patent rights are granted by country and last for a set term of years. For a US utility patent, the term is twenty years from the filing date. For a US design patent, the term is fifteen years from the issue date. At Polson IP Law, we understand how valuable patents are for a business and take the utmost care and pride in our patent practice.