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smart ideas need shatterproof protection

At Tucker Ellis, we approach patent procurement with a fresh set of ideas—not merely doing things the way they’ve always been done. We partner closely with our clients to protect their innovations, to understand their unique business goals, and to develop effective patent strategies to reach these goals. Our patent lawyers are experienced in a variety of technologies, including biomedical devices and systems, telephone systems, computer networks, communication protocols, control systems, aerospace, power management, fuel cells, and consumer devices. Our patent applications and communications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office are well written and clear—a skill that seems lost in many patent prosecution firms today.

Our clients range from individual inventors to the world’s largest international and domestic corporations. Regardless of size or country of origin, we counsel our clients through the complexities and nuances of U.S. patent law in order to obtain broad—and cost-effective—patent coverage. In a constantly shrinking world, Tucker Ellis knows the importance of protecting innovations abroad, as well as in the United States. Our network of foreign associates throughout the world helps our clients obtain the patent protection they need.

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areas of emphasis

  • Develop and implement IP strategies to protect innovations
  • Perform searches to assess patentability, scope of protection, patent clearance, and patent assessment
  • Prepare and file applications for utility, design, and plant inventions
  • Respond to office actions
  • Prepare and file administrative appeals
  • Institute and defend post grant review proceedings, reexaminations, reissues and supplemental examination
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