US & International Patents

A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to an inventor or assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for detailed public disclosure of an invention. An invention is a solution to a specific technological problem and is a product or a process.Patents are a form of intellectual property.

The procedure for granting patents, requirements placed on the patentee, and the extent of the exclusive rights vary widely between countries according to national laws and international agreements. Typically, however, a granted patent application must include one or more claims that define the invention. A patent may include many claims, each of which defines a specific property right. These claims must meet relevant patentability requirements, such as novelty, usefulness, and non-obviousness. The exclusive right granted to a patentee in most countries is the right to prevent others, or at least to try to prevent others, from commercially making, using, selling, importing, or distributing a patented invention without permission.

Under the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, patents should be available in WTO member states for any invention, in all fields of technology,and the term of protection available should be a minimum of twenty years. Nevertheless, there are variations on what is patentable subject matter from country to country.

HULSEYIP has both the focus and breadth of talent to protect your most important IP assets. We practice in virtually every area of intellectual property law and bring a meticulous comprehension of the ideas we protect, advocate, and leverage. Our patent prosecution practice prides itself in delivering solid protection for some of the most complex and significant innovations that shape advances in business and science.

We have assisted businesses and organizations in industries as diverse as energy and power distribution technologies, aerospace and transportation technologies, electronics and computer technologies, Internet and software and eCommerce technologies.

Inventiveness and risk-taking must be rewarded both in the U. S. and abroad for your company or organization to prosper. Our professional relationships with over 200 firms throughout the world help our clients obtain patent protection in other countries and help our international clients obtain patent protection in the U. S.

We work with clients to devise effective strategies, from assessing needs for patent protection, through defending patents in court. Our patent prosecution practice covers all areas of patent law including:

  • Application preparation, filing and prosecution strategies;
  • Utility, plant, and design inventions;
  • U. S. and foreign protection including practice under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT);
  • Administrative appeals ;
  • Interferences;
  • Petitions and protests; and
  • Reissues and reexaminations.

As your needs evolve, HULSEYIP brings experience in patent transactions, due diligence, portfolio management, opinions, and counseling. The strongest and best patents are less likely to be litigated. But should your protection be challenged or infringed, HULSEYIP brings proven experience and an impressive track record.