Patents

A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a country to an inventor for a limited period of time in exchange for a public disclosure of an invention. Specific procedures, requirements and rights vary between countries according to national laws and treaties.

How to Secure a Patent

Inventors must comply with the rigorous requirements proscribed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and/or the patent offices of foreign countries. Depending on the technology involved, obtaining a patent can be lengthy and potentially confusing to those who have never before gone through it.

Once a patent has been issued, both the PTO and foreign patent offices require payment of fees on a periodic basis. Timely payment of fees and the fulfillment of other patent office requirements are critical to maintaining the patent rights.

There may also come a time when you will need to enforce your patent rights against infringement.

How Schultz & Associates Can Help You With Your Patent

Securing a patent requires a significant investment of your time, money and hard work. This makes it vitally important that you select a law firm that can provide superior legal representation in each phase of the life of your patent. Schultz & Associates can provide that representation.

Part of providing superior legal representation is familiarity with the technology at issue. Our attorneys and consultants have wide-ranging experience that includes mechanical systems and machines, electrical and electronic systems, integrated circuit fabrication, chemicals, optoelectronics, electromagnetics, electromechanics, communications, computer network architecture and computer hardware and software technologies. The firm also has experience in a wide range of chemical arts, processes and business methods.

Schultz & Associates offers a full range of patent services, including:

  • In-depth patent portfolio analysis to reveal possible lapses in current coverage and identification of potential areas of new patent protection.
  • Patentability reviews.
  • Comparison of client’s patent portfolio to the portfolio of competitors.
  • Filing of new utility, design and plant patent applications; interaction with patent office examiners throughout the prosecution phase, as well as for applications on appeal.
  • Management of client’s patent portfolio, including docketing, renewals and responding to other routine office actions.
  • Litigation in U.S. District Courts and the Federal Circuit, the courts of foreign nations and the International Trade Commission (ITC).
  • Representation before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the European Patent Organization (EPO) and other similar organizations.

Example of a Patent Filed and Maintained by Schultz & Associates.

The firm maintains patent lawyers who are electrical engineers. These lawyers can comprehend and work with inventors in all of the electrical arts to develop and protect both simple and complicated electrical and electronic inventions. The firm has prosecuted applications related to computer hardware and architecture as well as complex communications systems and optical networks. The firm also has engineering expertise in chip manufacturing and design as well as discrete electronic designs. The patent to the left is one example which you can reach by clicking on the image. The invention of this patent is a device which uses a split processor based architecture to encrypt data using a coupled set of differential equations approximating a chaotic system.

Mechanical Arts

United States Patent No. 6,483,929

United States Patent No. 6,483,929

Sometimes uncomplicated but novel concepts can lead to huge commercial results. The invention of this patent is a mower device for the head of the weed trimmer which has been extremely commercially successful. Below is a link to one of the commercial websites where the product is now offered for sale.

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United States Patent No. 5,483,929

United States Patent No. 5,483,929

The attorneys of the firm have prosecuted hundreds of patent applications dealing with various mechanical inventions at all levels of complexity. The firms has on staff mechanical engineers who understand how and why engineering decisions and inventions are made and who can efficiently prepare applications for even the most complex devices. The image to the left is one example of such a patent. Clicking on the image will take you to the full text. The invention of this particular patent is a valve actuation device for a reciprocating internal combustion engine which increases the overall efficiency of the engine.

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United States Patent No. 7,077,184

United States Patent No. 7,077,184

This invention provides a tape dispenser system for dispensing strips of tape used for masking or tacking. It can also be configured to adapt to a left-handed individual or a right-handed individual.

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United States Patent No. 5,551,933

United States Patent No. 5,551,933

In prosecuting patents for simple inventions sometimes the differences between the novel features of the invention and the prior art are slight. The firm specializes in distinguishing patentable inventions from the prior art. The invention of this patent is a hand exerciser with the novel features of being collapsible and providing a visual exercising tracking mechanism, among others.

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Electrical Arts

United States Patent No. 7,181,123

United States Patent No. 7,181,123

The invention of the ‘123 Patent is a video security system for monitoring several physical locations at the same time. The invention also includes a text insertion system which places hidden text in the “back porch” of a video waveform. The invention also provides equalization among many video cameras, monitors and video recorders.

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United States Patent No. 5,857,025

United States Patent No. 5,857,025

The firm maintains patent lawyers who are electrical engineers. These lawyers can comprehend and work with inventors in all of the electrical arts to develop and protect both simple and complicated electrical and electronic inventions. The firm has prosecuted applications related to computer hardware and architecture as well as complex communications systems and optical networks. The firm also has engineering expertise in chip manufacturing and design as well as discrete electronic designs. The patent to the left is one example which you can reach by clicking on the image. The invention of this patent is a device which uses a split processor based architecture to encrypt data using a coupled set of differential equations approximating a chaotic system.

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United States Patent No. 6,577,788

United States Patent No. 6,577,788

Many inventions in the electrical arts include new architectures for complex computer networks. The firm has extensive expertise in this area of inventive effort. The invention of this patent is a portion of a network architecture for an optical network. The full text of the patent can be accessed by clicking on the image to the left.

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United States Patent No. 7,485,105

United States Patent No. 7,485,105

The invention of the 7,485,105 Patent is a programmable valve system used to divert cerebral spinal fluid from CEREBROSPINAL fluid from intraventricular space of a patient to a terminus such as a peritoneal cavity. The invention includes a novel method of adjusting a valve remotely and apprising the operator of the pressure setting of the valve by generating a near-infrared telemetry signal indicative of the setting. The signal is transcutaneously transmitted through the skin to produce an observer intelligible data signal indicating the pressure setting of the valve.

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United States Patent No. 6,965,738 B2

United States Patent No. 6,965,738 B2

Many times recognizing the physics behind the problem leads to truly revolutionary inventions, the attorneys at the firm have the expertise and training to recognize and understand the physics involved. The invention of this patent allows for the correction of dispersion found in an optical path over a long haul optical network with course and fine granularity modules to allow for variable span distances.

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United States Patent No. 6,892,246

United States Patent No. 6,892,246

Video compression and storage, is an active area of inventive effort as increasing amounts of data are transmitted in digital as opposed to analog format. The invention of this patent is a computer system for storage of large amounts of video data which has the capacity to selectively degrade resolution of the video data to increase storage space on a digital video recorder.

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United States Patent No. 6,920,277

United States Patent No.  6,920,277

The invention of this patent pertains to an optical fiber transmission network capable of transmission of high volume of data and voice traffic. In particular, this invention teaches improvements to an optical network system to allow for efficient and flexible network evolution.

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Software and Methods of Doing Business

United States Patent No. 7,290,048

United States Patent No.  7,290,048

The invention of the 7,290,048 Patent is a method of semi-automatic data collection and data analysis for use in the performance analysis of computer network. The invention provides novel algorithms for recognizing transaction flow and parentage between transactions from low level network trace data. The invention also provides for visualization of trace data and transaction and parentage associations.

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United States Patent No. 7,047,524

United States Patent No.  7,047,524

Software patents many times extend into the realm of translators and compilers. This invention translates computer code from inherited sources into an object oriented format.

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United States Patent No. 7,003,400

United States Patent No.  7,003,400

Another example of a software invention can be seen by clicking on this image. This invention relates to a method of combining various types of data and software in order to arrive at a composite graphical representation of a construction site, including surface and subsurface features.

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United States Patent No. 6,580,951

United States Patent No.  6,580,951

Software inventions and methods of doing business are two areas which are among those which are the most challenging to understand and develop. The firm has written and prosecuted software patents in linear and object oriented languages including network applications and embedded systems, database methods and numerous internet related inventions. An example can be seen by clicking on the image to the left. This invention is a computer system and method distributing decisions in a network.

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Chemical Arts

United States Patent No. 7,250,474

United States Patent No.  7,250,474

The invention of the 7,250,474 Patent is a novel method of blending two types of polyethylene to form a resin having a narrow molecular weight distribution. The first polyethylene is a metallocene produced linear low density polyethylene (or mLLDPE). The second type of polyethylene is a high density polyethylene (or HDPE) prepared with either a Ziegler-Natta or Metallocene catalyst.

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United States Patent No. 7,241,849

United States Patent No. 7,241,849

The invention of the ’849 Patent discloses a process for preparing a catalyst component and its uses in the controlled polymerization of polar and non-polar monomers. In this case the catalyst is a metallocene catalyst component of the formula CMe2(CP-Flu)MQ2.

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United States Patent No. 7,060,863

United States Patent No. 7,060,863

The Firms chemical practice also extends into chemical processes for hydrocarbon treatment. This patent covers a process and system for the vapor phase alkylation of an aromatic substrate in a multi-stage alkylation reaction zone having a plurality of series connected catalyst beds spaced from one another to provide mixing zones between adjacent catalyst beds.

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United States Patent No. 7,014,868

United States Patent No. 7,014,868

Another aspect of the Firms chemical practice focuses on petroleum products and plastics. This patent covers a composition comprising a guest/host assembly having a spheroidal host assembly comprised of a hexamer of a methylene-bridged trihydroxybenzene tetramer and a guest component encapsulated within the spheroidal host assembly to provide a highly stable guest/host assembly.

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United States Patent No. 6,432,715

United States Patent No. 6,432,715

Chemistry is a unique field in patent law which presents its own challenges and obstacles. The firm has patent lawyers on staff who are chemists and who are experienced in the prosecution of chemical applications. An example of a chemical patent can be accessed by clicking the image to the left. the invention of this patent is a method of marking particles with compounds which fluoresce such as a metal containing pthalocyanine.

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Design Patents

United States Patent No. D491,590

United States Patent No. D491,590

A design patent is available for new original and ornamental designs for articles of manufacture. It differs fundamentally from a utility patent in that it consists of surface ornamentation, configurations or a combination of both. Design patents are an interesting combination of concepts because they must be ornamental in that they present a pleasing, esthetic appearance and cannot be solely functional and yet must also meet the requirements for patentability of novelty and non-obviousness. The Firm often prosecutes design patents such as the one shown at the left. This design is a new and ornamental design for a device which generates laser pulses to read fluorescent markings.

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