California Patent Attorney
If you’re looking for a Patent Attorney in California, we can help. Our California Patent Attorneys specialize 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. Call us for a Free Consultation before making any decisions that could affect your Intellectual Property protection.
Extensive and Advanced Technical Skills
Our California Patent Attorneys have extensive and advanced technical backgrounds which enable 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 effective Patent Applications.
Business Experience Applied to Your Patent Strategy
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. When preparing your Patent Application, our California Patent Attorneys apply sales writing techniques to create a document you can use to attract investors and negotiate licensing deals.
Big Firm Expertise Available on a Small Company Budget
We serve the entire State of California, and our clients receive high-quality patent services and representation at a reasonable cost. Without the overhead of expensive downtown office space, our Patent Attorneys in California can provide senior-level, personal service for those smaller clients that larger California Patent Law Firms neglect.
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 that provide a stream of patent work year after year. They are not enthusiastic about working with individual inventors and entrepreneurs with only one invention. Thus, individuals and small companies are usually passed off to an inexperienced junior Patent Attorney in the Firm with inadequate training and minimal oversight.
As rare as Patent Attorneys are, even fewer California Patent Attorneys focus on smaller clients, and therefore they are almost never found locally. That’s why Patent Law Firms with an entrepreneurial focus reach out nationally, since there are not enough individual inventors and entrepreneurs in any one local area to support such a highly specialized legal practice for a Patent Attorney in California.
Patent Attorneys are Licensed to Practice Nationally — You’re Not Limited to Only California Patent Attorneys
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. So, 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
- 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
- Los Altos
- Los Altos Hills
- Los Gatos
- Monte Sereno
- Morgan Hill
- Mountain View
- Palo Alto
- San Jose
- Santa Clara
Large and Small Cities
- Los Angelos
- San Diego
- San Fransisco
- Long Beach
- Santa Rosa
- Thousand Oaks
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. In 1956, CBS became the first network to employ videotape recording technology.
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 for local California Patent Attorneys.
Hollywood Started as an Escape from Edison’s Patent Monopoly on Movie Making
Edison joined forces with other motion picture patent-holders to form the Motion Picture Patents Company (MPPC), essentially a monopoly of patent-holders. California became a refuge for filmmakers seeking to escape the oppressive MPPC monopoly on the East Coast, with the result that Hollywood ended up as the center of the movie business.
You Don’t Need a Local California Patent Attorney.
We Specialize in Clients Like You!
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 CALIFORNIA CLIENTS ARE SAYING
Critical Patent Attorney Shortage Will Make it Harder to Find One
The number of Patent Attorneys is rapidly declining, at the same time as demand for patents is rising. From 2008 to 2018, the number of new Patent Attorneys fell by 50%. From 2009 to 2015, the number of Patent Applications increased by 30% and the number of issued US Patents increased 70%.
Patent Attorneys account for more than 15% of law firm job openings while representing less than 2% of all lawyers in the U.S. As more of the already dwindling supply of Patent Attorneys are hired by big law firms and by large corporations and universities as in-house Patent Attorneys, there are fewer and fewer available to work with individual inventors and small companies.
Should I File a Provisional Patent Application?
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.
Patent Attorney Explains How to File a Patent
interview with Russ Weinzimmer:
When you file a patent the right way, you protect your valuable invention, but filing it the wrong way can mean losing its benefits. Russ Weinzimmer explains the right way to handle patentability searches, prior art improvements, what goes into filing a patent application, the examination process, and asserting your patent rights.
Sky Radio Interview: What’s Patentable?
Patent Attorney Russ Weinzimmer was interviewed as an invited expert on “Sky Radio”, answering the question: What’s Patentable? Determining whether an invention is patentable involves legal considerations that most business owners and engineers are not aware of, and even marketing considerations that they’re not aware of, but a good patent attorney brings both those considerations when evaluating the technology suite of a company.
Trademark a Name AND a Logo for Your Business
Failing to trademark a name and logo leaves your business vulnerable to copycats who could use your logo with a different name.
If another company uses your trademark, either your name or logo, your company can lose sales and reputation. When customers buy from a competitor because they’re confused by the infringement of your trademark, you lose sales that should have been yours. And bad knockoffs using your trademark can ruin your reputation in the marketplace if customers incorrectly associate their bad experience with your company.
For trademarks, you need to separately protect all your branding: separately trademark a name and logo, as well as any slogans or catch-phrases.