Welcome to Hanrahan Law Firm, P.A., a full service patent law firm that provides patent search and application services for clients throughout the United States. Our goal is to offer a simple and affordable solution in the complex field of patent law and provide our clients with direct legal guidance based on honesty and integrity. Our patent services allow you to work directly with a Registered Patent Attorney at fair, competitive flat rates which are a fraction of the cost of larger patent firms. Contact Hanrahan Law Firm today for a FREE CONSULTATION.


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Patent Application Process

A patent is a form of intellectual property that is granted or issued by the United States Government, and which, for utility patents, consists of the right to exclude others from making, using, or selling the invention for a term of twenty (20) years from the application filing date. In return, the inventor must disclose the invention according to specific requirements set forth by the U.S. Government and patent laws. However, the United States Patent & Trademark Office ("USPTO") will not grant a patent on an invention that is already known or otherwise already in the public domain. For this reason, as a first step, it is oftentimes recommended to begin with a patent search in an effort to determine if the invention may be patentable. If the patent search is favorable, the next step is to apply for a patent.

In particular, a properly written and prepared patent application will disclose how to make and use the invention in sufficient detail so that a person skilled in the art to which the invention pertains can practice the invention in the intended manner. Oftentimes, patent drawings illustrating the specific details of the invention are also required to be submitted with the patent application. Furthermore, a non-provisional patent application must conclude with one or more "patent claims" which are intended to clearly define the scope of the invention.

Upon receiving a non-provisional patent application, the USPTO will conduct its own patent search and examine the patent application in an effort to determine whether a patent can be granted on the invention claimed. The USPTO will typically respond to the patent application in the form of a written Office Action.

Registered Patent Attorney / Lawyer

Patent law is an extremely complex and specialized area of law. In fact, patent law, at least in terms of patent prosecution before the United States Patent & Trademark Office ("USPTO"), is the only legal specialty that requires registration and certificaton of its practitioners (patent attorneys, patent lawyers, and patent agents) on a federal level. A patent attorney or patent lawyer is a patent practitioner admitted to practice law in at least one state and registered to practice before the USPTO. Only registered patent attorneys, patent lawyers or patent agents may prepare, file and prosecute a patent application on behalf of a client or inventor.

It is important to contact a Registered Patent Attorney early in order to ensure that you do not inadvertently relinquish potential patent rights to your invention. A patent attorney or patent lawyer can provide assistance in determining which type of patent application is best suited for your invention.

Patent applications must be filed in a timely manner and must follow specific complex requirements set forth in the U.S. patent laws. As a result of the America Invents Act ("AIA"), the United States has a First-Inventor-To-File patent system, amplifying the importance of filing a patent application quickly. A Registered Patent Attorney or Patent Lawyer at Hanrahan Law Firm can assist you in evaluating whether your invention, or any portion of your invention, may be patentable, and can assist with the preparation and filing of your patent application. Contact your patent attorney at Hanrahan Law Firm now.

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* Formal patent drawings, if necessary, are an additional charge of approximately $100 per sheet.
**A provisional patent application is a relatively quick way to obtain "Patent Pending" for your invention, however, a provisional patent application will automatically become abandoned one (1) year from its filing date and will never be examined by a USPTO Patent Examiner. A non-provisional patent application must be filed within one year of the provisional patent application filing date (before abandonment) to maintain the "Patent Pending" status and proceed toward examination.