Patent Law

Rudman Winchell offers our clients extensive patent services, including assisting our clients with patentability issues, prior art searching, patent application preparation, patent prosecution, and patent maintenance. We assist with licensing and assignment issues, and we advise as how to best protect and exploit patent rights. We offer preparation of non-disclosure agreements and work-for-hire contracts to protect inventors. We analyze patent infringement claims and prosecute and defend patent infringement lawsuits. We also assist clients with international patent issues.

Representative Services

  • Analysis of patentability
  • Prior art searches
  • Freedom of use opinions
  • Preparation and filing of patent applications
  • Prosecution of patent applications, including responding to office actions
  • Maintenance of patents
  • International patent protection services
  • Assignment agreements
  • Licensing agreements
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Patent law research
  • Analysis of infringement claims
  • Cease and desist letters and responses
  • Patent infringement litigation

You might need a PATENT LAWYER if....

  • have invented a machine, device, tool, toy, instrument, vehicle, or gadget
  • ....or, you have invented a process for making something or a business method for performing a task
  • ....and, your invention is more than just an idea for something
  • ....and, you have not disclosed your invention publicly or offered it for sale more than one year ago


But, if you have “invented” a name for your business or product or service, or have come up with a new slogan, you might need a TRADEMARK lawyer

Or, if your “invention” is a new design for a web site or you have written a book or recorded a song or made a movie or created a new T-shirt design, you might need a COPYRIGHT lawyer