Utility Patents

Converting ideas to patents

Patents can be used offensively, defensively or to build a company image or strengthen its business strategy. Owning a U.S. utility patent gives a company the powerful right to prevent others from making, using or selling the protected subject matter in the U.S. for 20 years from the application filing date.

Historically, utility patents have been granted on inventions for compositions of matter, articles of manufacture, machines, software, processes of all kinds – from chemical to business methods – and new uses of old compositions of matter or improvements on existing patented technology. Recent court opinions and administrative decisions have called into question the patentability of some of these areas, such as software and business methods, however patent protection of this subject matter continues to be available.

Obtaining patent rights is the primary focus of the Miller, Matthias & Hull LLP practice. When preparing and prosecuting patents, we can draw from our diverse practical experience that we gained prior to entering the legal profession, as well as our extensive experience as patent practitioners. As engineers and chemists ourselves, we can work alongside our clients of both large and small companies to take an idea, convert it into a patent application, and prosecute that application until it issues as a patent. Our clients’ goal is to convert ideas to products and our goal is to develop patent rights that protect those ideas.