We see the Big Picture — we see the forest… as well as the trees. Our Patent attorneys know the course, track your performance and fortify your assets. Properly protecting your company’s proprietary technology is now a required element to improving your chances for return on investment and success in the global marketplace.

With over 100 patent attorneys representing every technical discipline imaginable, our attorneys actually write an average of 1,500+ original patent applications per year. While many firms simply file what has been written by others, Harness Dickey knows how to take your invention disclosure, from the back of a napkin if necessary, and turn it into an issued patent.

We enjoy the details of patenting an invention as much as your inventors do. But how will patents make you money, protect your market share, deter your competitors and protect your investment? We strive to work with you to ensure that they do by concentrating on the end game as much as on the details.

Harness Dickey truly delivers a full service patent practice. Our extensive capabilities and real world experience in creating, managing, protecting, licensing and enforcing our client’s patents is second to none. We offer tangible success in all phases of U.S. and international patent prosecution, including appeals and interference proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and before foreign intellectual property offices.

We know how to prosecute patent applications based on previously filed foreign applications. Our international clients, for whom we file and prosecute an additional 2,500+ applications per year, appreciate our unique expertise and multidimensional perspective. We understand technology, and use it to help our international clients build the same kind of top-quality patent portfolios that our U.S. clients enjoy.

We also work closely with our clients on the myriad of business transactions that involve patent issues. As a result, we are regularly retained to perform patent related patent clearance and/or due diligence evaluations associated with such transactions.

Our big picture view of patent prosecution is founded by extensive patent expertise, and enhanced by our commitment to understanding each client’s objectives. We work diligently to design and execute patent portfolio programs that meet and often exceed client goals while remains cost effective.

Our patent prosecution counsel is extensive and includes:

  • Analyzing invention disclosures from inception
  • Preparing and filing patent applications
  • Developing an immediate and durable global patent strategy
  • Coordinating worldwide patent prosecution
  • Conducting administrative appeals, petitions and protests
  • Advocating our client’s position in post grant reviews, reexaminations and reissues
  • Delivering continuous and worldwide portfolio management and infringement protection

Simply, we write our patents so that they can be licensed and enforced. It is from this collaboration and understanding your needs that allows us to deliver high quality patent preparation and prosecution, portfolio management and opinion of counsel abilities in a manner that typically prevents litigation. However, when it is necessary, you can have as much confidence in the patents we obtain for you as we do.

Our extensive expertise and knowledge also can bring efficiencies to your filing process, potentially saving you time and money – just as it has benefitted entrepreneurs and start-up companies, industry leaders and thought innovators, early stage ventures and research institutions, and large conglomerates for over 35 years.

We are not just professional service providers, but partners and collaborators that deliver sound advice, excellent work and a return on investment.  This is why many of our clients choose to stay with our Firm.

Our experience ensures that your new product launches are handled smartly.  After the idea for a new product or technology is conceived, the cost to develop products and bring those products to market is almost always sizable, which is why it is essential to thoroughly analyze potential infringement issues at the beginning. By identifying problems early, you can avoid costly and time consuming IP issues down the road.

  • Focus on redesign efforts that eliminate or substantially reduce your risk of infringement
  • Test and possibly challenge the integrity of the patent and other IP rights identified as potential obstacles
  • Approach the owner of the patent in order to obtain a license or purchase the patent before getting too far down the track with your development effort, well prior to the time when the patent owner realizes your vulnerability and can exploit that in negotiations
  • Assess the risks before committing the capital investment

Our ultimate goal is to provide you with useful and actionable advice that minimizes costs. We see the big picture and focus on maximizing the investment of our client, sometimes working with them to change their design to further avoid a future problem with its associated costs and risk. We are your long term partner and therefore consider your long term objectives and goals.