The Constitution of the United States provides Congress with
the power to promote the progress of science and the useful
arts. The system envisioned by the framers was one which would
secure a right to inventors for the disclosure of their inventions.
It has proved to be a cornerstone of the technological success
enjoyed in this country.
The commercial significance of U.S. patents has continued
to grow in recent years. This is due in large part to the
formation of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
By having exclusive jurisdiction over appeals arising under
the patent laws, a consistent body of law has emerged. As
a result, awards in patent suits are frequently seen in the
millions and even hundreds of millions of dollars.
Realizing the value of your patentable subject matter requires
that your invention is understood by your attorney and clearly
described and claimed in the patent application. At Roberts
Mlotkowski Safran & Cole, we take particular pride in our patent
prosecution practice. All members of our patent group have
substantial experience in drafting and prosecuting patent
applications. One member, Peter Roberts, has also practiced
as a European Patent Attorney, adding an international dimension
and perspective rarely found in U.S. patent firms.
Our expertise includes all areas of patent practice, including:
patentability searches and opinions, infringement and validity
opinions, drafting and prosecuting patent applications and
the handling of interferences, reexaminations and reissues.
We also have substantial expertise in intellectual property
counseling and negotiations involving licensing, mergers,
joint ventures and acquisitions.
When international patent protection is required, our network
of premier associates developed through our extensive international
experience. We also file and prosecute patent applications
under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
At Roberts Mlotkowski Safran & Cole, we recognize the importance
of effective communication with the U.S. Patent and Trademark
Office (PTO). We also realize that it is frequently essential
to discuss office actions with patent examiners to efficiently
resolve outstanding issues in patent applications. Nowhere
is this more important than in dealing with leading edge technologies.
At Roberts Mlotkowski Safran & Cole, we understand that complex
issues are most effectively resolved through personal examiner
interviews and our proximity to the PTO enables us to conduct
those interviews at lower client cost than many of our competitors.