A Board Certified Patent Attorney
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Wow! 20 years as a practicing Florida board certified patent attorney has flown by yet I still vividly recall just about every inventor who walked into my patent law firm over the past two decades.
Just because your idea seems simple does not mean it does not have the power to disrupt an entire industry. I come across inventors regularly who tell me they were too embarrassed or afraid to see a patent attorney because they felt their idea did not have the complexity or scale to match those currently on shelves or in production. When I look around, some of the simplest ideas have revolutionized industries and generated millions of dollars in revenues for the inventor. The key thing I want you to take away from this video is that to ultimately make money from your idea you have to craft a patent with teeth so rivals cannot make minor modifications to your idea and get around your rights.
In the movie Any Given Sunday, Al Pacino played a football coach tony D’Amato in a wonderful locker-room motivational speech telling his players to keep playing even when everything seems stacked against them and fight for every inch. Watch the short 3-4 minute video below first and then lets look into how this is relevant to drafting the claims of a patent. "An inch can mean the difference between victory and defeat", he said, and if you want to win in football or in life, you have to give it all you have for those inches. The Claims of a Patent Represent Intellectual Real Estate Like a deed in real estate, a patents claims stake out the scope of property protected by a patent. Claim an invention too broadly and your patent is likely to be rejected. Draft claims that are too narrow and y
Fort Lauderdale Patent Attorney John Rizvi Selected to Join Florida Bar’s Inaugural Class of Board Certified Intellectual Property Lawyers
Ft. Lauderdale Patent Attorney John Rizvi was selected to join the inaugural class of Florida Board Certified Patent Attorneys approved by the Florida Bar. The Florida Bar is the first state bar in the country to certify attorneys for their expertise in intellectual property law. Board certification evaluates attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. John Rizvi was approved as a Fort Lauderdale Patent Attorney for his expertise in the area of patent prosecution. John Rizvi co-founded John Rizvi, P.A., The Idea Attorneys®, South Florida patent attorneys with offices in the Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County, and satellite office locations
As a Florida Patent Attorney concerned with keeping the innovation pipeline full and streaming, I've often pointed out patenting opportunities as they emerge with social, cultural, and other macro trends evidenced around us. I don't think it will surprise anyone that I'm today urging Florida innovators to consider the strong opportunity for fuel-less alternatives.
Recently, I posted a blog about Apple’s patent pending idea to sell a keyboard with dynamically shifting keys. (A number of keys on the keyboard have the ability to change according to the user’s needs.) They’re not the only ones who want to patent ideas to make things more fluid for users. Samsung has filed a patent application for a cell phone with interchangeable keypads(HT Lounge, January 28, 2008). There is one keypad for regular phone dialing, and one with a QWERTY keyboard for text messaging and other word processing functions. The patent includes a gaming pad, music controls, etc. As a Florida Patent Attorney, I’ve seen a lot of ideas–in this category and more. I think the concept of a cell phone keypad that changes to suit what the user is doing at the moment is great. I know how
This means that the company will bear the responsibility for manufacturing and marketing and all other costs, while the inventor stands to generate revenue for the fruits of their labor and his/her own ingenuity.
Recently, I posted about current changes to patent rules, most notably restrictions on the number of extensions that can be used and limitations on the number of claims that can be made. The debate continues with a preliminary injunction imposed by a U.S. District Court judge in VA, according to an article in today’s Crain’s Detroit Business. Some lawyers feel the rule changes put unnecessary restrictions on the patenting process, while others believe it streamlines the patenting process by reducing the workload of an overburdened USPTO. More important, perhaps, than the particulars of this scuffle, is the need to choose a patent attorney who works diligently and expertly to craft a patent application that is exceedingly thorough and comprehensive, while still being broad enough to provide the invento
Pfizer has been in a tenacious six-year battle defending its Chinese Viagra patent against twelve domestic drug companies who claim to have spent over US$12M to produce generic versions of the drug. In 2004, it looked as if the plaintiff’s would be victorious when the China State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) invalidated Pfizer’s patent, saying it lacked relevant data to support Viagra’s "specific therapeutic effect." However, Pfizer appealed and the Bejing High People’s Court has issued a final judgment of patent protection for Pfizer that will not expire until 2014. The court has informed SIPO that it must withdraw its opposition. To read the full article click here.