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Patents

The genius of the US patent system has an enormous net positive impact on the technical advancement of civilization as a whole.  Patents issued by the USPTO simultaneously encourage disclosure of technology to the public and provide a balanced scope of exclusivity to encourage and reward patent-worthy innovation that propels us forward.  Patents are, in a sense, both fertilizer and fences for patentable technical advances.

An almost infinite variety of advances in medicine, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, processes, products, machines, computers, biology, and in virtually every other walk of life life stem largely from information imparted in patent disclosures and the prospect for patent exclusivity.  It is safe to say that virtually everything we touch, feel, see, smell, hear, and otherwise sense has been and is being positively affected in some way by the patent system.  It is ubiquitous and extraordinary in its overall good effect on life.

Key aspects of the patenting process are (1) a properly comprehensive search focused on determining the “inventiveness” of the subject matter and, if relevant, potential third-party patent barriers to its commercial exploitation, (2) an appropriately written patent application including, among other things, a detailed and sufficiently adequate specification (including drawings, graphical, and other illustrations as well as examples, if deemed reasonably necessary) along with one or more claims proposing what is believed by the lawyer to be an appropriate scope of exclusivity to be requested from the USPTO for the innovation, and (3) the filing and skillful “prosecution” of the application by the lawyer to hopeful allowance by the USPTO and issuance of one or more formal patent grants disclosing and claiming the innovation. 

Effective handling of patent application matters is dependent, in large part, on the fulsomeness and granularity of the client’s disclosure of technical information to the patent lawyer, the lawyer’s comprehension of the same, and his/her skill and experience in all facets of the patenting process and how patents work when applied in the business world to protect the subject matter patented.  A major part of this skill is the ability of the lawyer to insure, during the process, alignment of the disclosure and claim scope with the commercially significant aspects of the subject matter.  Many technologies continue to evolve and expand in significant ways during and after the initial patent application preparation/filing.  Insuring capture of these developments and alignment of proper claim scope with the same is often critical to a successful patenting effort.

If done properly, the patenting process is not cheap, but its rewards in constraining competitive forces will almost always dwarf the cost of gaining patent exclusivity for innovations that offer significant commercial advantage to the owner.  A pre-filing search can range from about $1,000 to $2,500, depending on many factors.  A patent application can range from about $3,000 to $7,500, again, depending on the situation.

The Graham Law Firm provides many other patent-related services, including, for example, infringement opinions, validity opinions, patent subject matter audits, patent valuations, due diligence, license and other agreements involving patents, and a host of others.  Costs will vary, and standard ranges of fees/expenses for these and other matters can be supplied.  

Below is a list to a small sampling of the hundreds of patents written and/or prosecuted by Mr. Graham, broken down in various arts:

  

 

PATENT No.

TITLE

ISSUE DATE

CHEMICAL/BIO

4,879,351

Isomerized Terpene Tackifier Resins

Nov. 7, 1989

4,938,785

Gas-Liquid Separation

Jul. 3, 1990

5,057,294

Recovery and Regeneration of Spent MHD Seed Material by the Formate Process

Oct. 15, 1991

5,457,175

Low Softening Point Terpene-Phenol Resins

Oct. 10, 1995

5,597,650

Conjugate carpet face yarn

Jan 28, 1997

5,693,731

Polymerization of Dicyclopentadiene

Dec. 2, 1997

5,840,581

Process for Somatic Embryogenesis of Sweetgum

Nov. 24, 1998

5,844,071

Ink Compositions

Dec. 1, 1998

5,959,010

Particleized Resin Having Improved Properties and Method of Producing Same

Sep. 28,, 1999

6,072,009

Methods for Vulcanizing Elastomers Using Monomeric Distillate By-Product

Jun. 6, 2000

6,252,135

Production of Syringyl Lignin In Gymnosperms

Jun. 26, 2001

6,297,327

Elastomeric composition using monomeric distillate by-product

Oct. 02, 2001

ENVIRONMENTAL

4,727,031

Nutrient for Stimulating Aerobic Bacteria

Feb. 23, 1988

4,747,728

Method for Distributing an Aqueous Solution Containing A Peroxygen in Clay

May 31, 1988

4,751,063

Process for Treating Spent Catalyst Including Antimony Halides From Chlorofluorocarbon Production

Jun. 14, 1988

4,925,389

Method and Apparatus for Treating Waste Containing Organic Contaminants

May 15, 1990

5,059,406

Desulfurization Process

Oct. 22, 1991

6,146,104

Groundwater Recovery System Incorporating A Combination of Pressure and Vacuum to Accomplish Removal of Groundwater Fluids From a Downhole Pump

Nov. 14, 2000

6,561,733

Method and Apparatus for Treating Landfills

May 13, 2003

8,173,743

Silicone Resin Composition

May 8, 2012

GENERAL/MECHANICAL

4,889,445

Expansion Joint for Settable Compositions

Dec. 26, 1989

4,955,242

Conveyor Belt Cross-Stream Sampling System and Associated Method

Sep. 11, 1990

4,756,392

Stainless Steel Brake Rotor for Airplane Disk Brakes

Jul. 12, 1988

4,819,886

Rotary Hammer Mill for Breaking Stone and Similar Material

Apr. 11, 1989

5,336,141

Exercise Machine for Stimulating Perambulatory Movement

Aug. 9 ,1994

5,456,739

Process for Reclaiming Aluminum from waste Paper and Packaging

Oct. 10, 1995

5,505,096

Particulate Material Sampling Apparatus

Apr. 9, 1996

MEDICAL

RE 35,070

Root Canal Filling Device Including Releasably Reusable Inserter Tool

Oct. 24, 1995

4,976,717

Uterine Retractor for an Abdominal Hysterectomy and Method of its Use

Dec. 11, 1990

5,067,900

Apparatus and Method for Applying Gutta-Percha to a Carrier

Nov. 26, 1991

5,104,316

Endodontic Instrument

Apr. 14, 1992

7,806,690

Endodontic Instrument for Performing Root Canal Therapy

Oct. 5, 2010

PAPER/PAPERMAKING/PRINTING

4,755,259

Process for Papermaking

Jul. 5, 1988

4,959,124

Method of Bleaching Kraft Pulp in A DZED Sequence

Sep. 25, 1990

5,012,750

Apparatus for Recovery of Constituents and Heat from Fluidized Bed Combustion

May 7, 1991

5,017,416

Paper for Use in Ion Deposition Printing

May 21, 1991

5,250,348

Improved Wrapper Paper for Use in Very Low Contact Pressure Applications

Oct. 5, 1993

5,338,404

Method of Forming a Lignin Reinforced Cellulosic Product

Aug 16, 1994

5,382,649

Thermoplastic Polyester-Imides from Trimellitic Acid, Propanediphenol and an Aromatic Diamine which have Improved Mechanical Properties, Their Preparation and Their Use.

Jan. 17, 1995

5,389,201

Bleaching of Kraft Cellulosic Pulp Employing Ozone and R educed Consumption of Chlorine Containing Bleaching Agent

Feb. 14, 1995

5,417,810

Papermachine Headbox Cleaning System

May 23, 1995

5,670,020

Foam Separation Method For Reducing AOX, COD, and Color Bodies of Kraft Pulp Bleach Plant Effluents

Sep. 30, 1997

5,792,316

Bleaching Process for Kraft Pulp Employing High Consistency Chlorinated Pulp Treated with Gaseous Chlorine and Ozone

Aug. 11, 1998

5,911,853

Method for Treating Paper Mill Condensate to Reduce the Amount of Sulfur Compounds Therein

Jun. 15, 1999

6,221,798

Method for Producing Laminated Webs

Apr. 1, 2001

6,475,447

Apparatus and Method for Treating Sesquisulfate Waste Streams

Nov. 5, 2002

6,656,401

Method for Extrusion Coating Multiple Webs

Dec. 2, 2003

6,802,938

Low Density Paper and Paperboard Articles

Oct. 12, 2004

7,281,360

Thermal Laminates and Laminating Method of Food Packaging Films

Oct. 16, 2007

7,482,046

Cut Resistant Paper and Paper Articles and Method for Making Same

Jan. 27, 2009

PHARMACEUTICAL

7,553,856

Crystalline Form of Omeprazole

Jun. 30, 2009

7,632,843

Treatment of Psychostimulant Addiction

Dec. 15, 2009

7,655,437

Synthetic Gene Coding for Human Granulocyte-Colony Stimulating Factor for the Expression in E-Coli

Feb. 2, 2010

7,834,176

Polymorph E of Olanzapine and Preparation of Anhydrous Non-Solvated Crystalline Polymorphic Form I of 2-methyl-4(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)-10H-thieno[2,3-b][1,5] Benzodiazepine (Olanzapine Form I) From the Polymorphic Olanzapine Form E

Nov. 16, 2010

7,875,723

S-Omeprazole Magnesium

Jan. 25, 2011

7,906,109

Pharmaceutical Composition Comprising an Active Principal and Sulphobetaine

Mar. 15, 2011

7,943,585

Extended Release Antibiotic Composition

May 17, 2011

8,053,444

Sirolimus Formulation

Nov. 8, 2011

 


Mark S. Graham, Esq.




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