California Patent Attorney
If you’re looking for a patent attorney in California, we can help. Our Firm specializes in providing patent searching, patent preparation, patent prosecution, patent licensing, trademark applications, and copyright registrations for inventors, entrepreneurs, and small companies needing a patent attorney in California, as well as nationwide.
Our extensive and advanced technical background enables us to work with world-class engineers, scientists, doctors, and other technical professionals on even the most complex technologies. We speak with inventors in their own language, putting them at ease and saving time, while working to prepare new patent applications.
We make the effort to understand your business objectives so that our services effectively help you to reach your goals. We educate our clients regarding all available options, which enables our clients to make the best decisions for success.
High Quality at a Reasonable Cost
We serve the entire State of California, and our clients receive highly-quality patent services and representation at a reasonable cost. In addition, we provide senior-level, personal service not found at large California patent law firms.
Do I Need a Local California Patent Attorney?
You Need the Right Patent Attorney:
One That Focuses on Inventors, Start-Ups, and Small Businesses
Most local patent attorneys in California focus on serving large corporations, each company providing a stream of patent work year after year. They are not enthusiastic about working with individual inventors and entrepreneurs. Thus, smaller clients and companies are usually passed off to inexperienced junior attorneys with inadequate training and oversight.
As rare as patent attorneys are, even fewer patent attorneys focus on smaller clients, and therefore they are almost never found locally. Patent law firms with an entrepreneurial perspective must reach out nationally, since there are not enough individual inventors and entrepreneurs in any one local area to support such a highly specialized patent law practice.
Patent Attorneys are Licensed to Practice Nationally
Patent Law is based on Federal Law, not State Law. Every patent attorney is licensed to practice nationally by passing the Patent Bar Exam given by the US Patent & Trademark Office. Finding a patent attorney in California is not necessary.
You Don’t Need a California Patent Attorney — You Need the Right Fit
- Find a patent attorney that understands your business issues and goals.
- Find a patent attorney that specializes in working with clients like you.
- Find a patent attorney with predictable flat fees, and who will answer questions on the phone without sending you a bill.
- Find a patent attorney that is easy for you to reach, during normal business hours, and after normal business hours.
- Find a patent attorney who’s written hundreds of patent applications, and obtained hundreds of issued patents in a wide variety of technologies and industries.
- Find a patent attorney with great Testimonials and Reviews.
We Help Clients Get Patents in California
Large and Small Cities
- Los Angelos
- San Diego
- San Fransisco
- Long Beach
- Santa Rosa
- Thousand Oaks
- Los Altos
- Los Altos Hills
- Los Gatos
- Monte Sereno
- Morgan Hill
- Mountain View
- Palo Alto
- San Jose
- Santa Clara
- Aliso Viejo
- Buena Park
- Costa Mesa
- Dana Point
- Fountain Valley
- Garden Grove
- Huntington Beach
- La Habra
- La Palma
- Laguna Beach
- Laguna Hills
- Laguna Niguel
- Laguna Woods
- Lake Forest
- Los Alamitos
- Mission Viejo
- Newport Beach
- Rancho Santa Margarita
- San Clemente
- San Juan Capistrano
- Santa Ana
- Seal Beach
- Villa Park
- Yorba Linda
Notable Patents from California Inventors
Steve Jobs – Palo Alto, CA
Co-founder of Apple Computer, with more than 350 patents, including the patent for the revolutionary iPod.
Steve Wozniak – Cupertino, CA
The other co-founder of Apple Computer, holding the patent for the original microcomputer.
Charles P. Ginsburg – Los Altos, CA
Received the patent for the first practical videotape recorder.
Theodore Harold Maiman – Los Angeles, CA
Patented the first operable laser.
Paul Terasaki – Los Angeles, CA
Patented a tissue-typing test that became the standard for matching potential organ donors with recipients.
Stan Honey – Palo Alto, CA
Issued the patent for the Virtual Yellow 1st & Ten® line. The superimposed yellow line is one of the most important developments in sports broadcast technology.
Frank W Epperson – Oakland, CA
At the age of 11, Frank invented the first ice lollipop, and later received the patent for the iconic Popsicle.
California Patent Stats
#1 State for Most Issued Patents
As the state with the largest population, in addition to being home to technology center Silicon Valley, it’s no surprise that California produces more patents each year than any other state. In 2015, 28% of all U.S. patents were issued to California inventors. That means California patent attorneys are in high demand.
#1, #3, and #6 Universities for Most Issued Patents
The University of California has held the #1 spot for the most issued U.S. patents ever since NAI/IPO first began ranking the top 100 global universities in 2012.
For the 2018 ranking of the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents, Stanford University ranked #3 for issued U.S. patents and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) ranked #6 for issued U.S. patents.
Silicon Valley Produces Half of All California Patents
With Silicon Valley producing almost half of all California patents, and over ten percent of all patents nationwide, it’s no wonder the U.S. Patent Office chose to open a satellite office in San Jose, CA.
Contact Us for Your Free Initial Phone Consultation
We make the effort to understand your business objectives so that our service effectively helps you reach your goals. We offer an informative free initial telephone consultation. All consultations with an attorney regarding your technical ideas and legal matters are confidential, whether you choose to hire the firm or not.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING
The Cheri Hill Show invited expert Russ Weinzimmer to discuss trademarks and how they can help your business. A trademark is one of the most important business assets that a company will ever own, because it identifies and distinguishes the company and its products or services in the marketplace from its competitors. Therefore, it is good practice for all business owners to take sufficient action to protect and enforce valuable trademarks.
By registering your trademarks, you can assert them in court to stop someone from creating confusion in the market around your goods or services. You don’t want to lose your company’s good reputation because of another company’s bad business practices. You don’t want to lose business because another company is selling goods that appear to be from your company. You need to separately protect each element (ie the logo and the words(s) included in a logo), because each is separately “stealable.”
Only new inventions can be patented. Before spending money on a patent application, an effective patent search must be performed to see if your invention already exists. Even if the search does not find your invention exactly, it is important to find the most similar prior art which effectively forms a fence around your invention in idea space. After your patent issues, all of the prior art cited to the Examiner acts as a shield against invalidating your patent in the future.
Filing a provisional patent application is almost always a bad idea. Preserving your exclusive rights to your invention through a patent depends on meeting specific deadlines when filing a patent application. Relying on the filing date of a provisional can mean that you end up completely losing all of your patent rights. A provisional can also reduce the value of your issued patent and can make it harder to license or sell your invention to other companies.