We provide back-end support to patent practitioners and can perform virtually any service that an in-house assistant, paralegal or docketing staff can provide—without the administrative burden and expense. Our procedures are designed to be flexible to accommodate your needs, and we support you throughout the entire patent prosecution process. We do not, however, perform any legal services.
Our staff is experienced and proficient in supporting law firms nationwide for both domestic (USPTO) and international (PCT) patent filings. The following is a sampling our services:
Domestic and international filings
Applications are reviewed and appropriate documents are prepared and sent out for signature, and then filed electronically. An electronic acknowledgment is immediately forwarded to applicants upon receipt.
Assignment changes and recordation
Office action response reporting and filings
All actions received and filed on an applicant’s behalf will be reported to the client in a timely manner. We’ll send individual notifications on each action, and we’ll update the firm’s docketing system or database.
We also support practitioners in responding to Office actions, and provide all necessary documents to help streamline the response process, such as by providing response templates with a listing of rejections, cited references, claims, and amendment history made to each claim. In addition, our staff will search and gather all cited patent references and literatures from world-wide databases, such as USPTO, EPO, and JPO, which in turn saves attorney/agent time to focus on prosecution.
Reissue/re-examination application filings
PCT US national phase application filings
Patent term adjustments
Independent calculation of the USPTO’s patent term can be performed using a case’s file wrapper or data. The adjustment may be calculated at the time of allowance or after issuance of the patent.
Attorney/agent filing and fee payment reminders
We monitor all patent filing deadlines, such as priority dates, Office action response deadlines, and fee payment deadlines for filing fees, issuance fees, and maintenance fees.
Information disclosure statements
We track prior art references, and cross-cite to all related matters, such as including the cited references of a parent application to a continuation, divisional, or CIP application upon filing.
We keep track of all pre-filing, post-filing and post-grant dates and deadlines associated with your patent documents. We can do this either by working within your system or set one up on your behalf. Our staff is familiar with a broad range of patent docketing and management systems.
International patent proceeds
After filing an international patent application through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), our staff will coordinate with foreign counsels in each target country to complete the prosecution process for the respective country. We can use our network of foreign counsels with whom we have established professional relationships, or we can interface with your chosen foreign associate(s).
Preparation and filing of post-grant proceeds
We can also support the preparation and filing of patent documents after issuance of a granted patent, including inter-partes reviews, covered business method, ex parte re-examinations and post-grant reviews.
If needed, our staff can support administrative functions, such as with accounting, billing and invoicing, client communication, marketing, data entry, research support, and more.