Patent Rules Debate and the Worth of an Expert Patent Attorney
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 inventor maximum leverage–without undue inefficiency. If you are a Florida inventor, or an inventor anywhere, and you are considering hiring a patent attorney, check their credentials. As I always say, the only stupid question is the question not asked. Feel free to ask me about my track record. I am a Florida patent attorney; however, being registered with the USPTO, I can practice anywhere.