At Larson and Larson, our patent lawyers hear this question quite frequently. People in Tampa always want to know if they can save some money and time and just file on their own. While the simple answer is, yes, it is a little more complicated than that. If you have invested time to create something, you should take the time to have professional legal help when trying to protect your idea. Doing so will help you prevent seemingly small mistakes from disrupting you in the long run.
The steps of filing for a patent do not sound complicated on their own; all you need to do is make sure your invention meets the qualifications, and then explain how it works and what it does so that a person skilled in that art can pick up your patent and create your invention. However, there are many potential pitfalls involved in the paperwork require acute attention to deal. Not to mention if you ever need to defend or assert your patent rights in court. As patent lawyers in Tampa, we know that every single word on your application and claim can be challenged in court. Simply using the incorrect terminology or vague phrasing can leave your creation open to all sorts of interpretation.
Taking the time to meet with a patent lawyer before you file can ensure that you do not accidentally fall into any traps in the drafting process or leave yourself open to infringement accusations. Instead, let a patent lawyer help you every step of the way to make sure you are fully protected. In addition, should you ever need to go to court in Tampa, we will already be familiar with your creation. This way, we can get to work on your case quicker, instead of spending valuable time learning about your application and invention before taking action.
At Larson and Larson, we are patent lawyers who are dedicated to helping residents of the Tampa Bay Area protect their inventions. No matter if you think you are a victim of infringement or if you have been accused of it, we will help craft a solid case for you!
For more information on our services, or to set up a consultation with us, please call us today at 727-546-0660.