Experienced NJ Patent Attorneys Defend You
Bedminster law firm protecting inventors and businesses from infringement claims
An inventor has the right to reap the rewards resulting from a new idea. If you have created an invention or improvement, registering your patent provides you with vital protections to exclusive use and benefits derived from your design. Many companies use patent law to try to stifle competition and innovation by bringing claims against anyone who creates a competing product. Ernest D. Buff & Associates helps inventors and businesses defend themselves when they have been accused of infringing on someone else’s patent.
Understanding types of patents
Patents are grouped into three classifications depending upon their form. Our attorneys have the knowledge to help you in claims involving:
- Utility patents — Including machines, chemical formulas, compounds and manufactured goods
- Design patents — Original, ornamental design for a manufactured product
- Plant patents — A new variety of plant
We work hard to defend you or your business against claims of infringement regardless of the type of patent involved.
Conducting patent research
To qualify for patent protection, an invention or improvement must be:
- Novel — Not previously known
- Unobvious — Not a form that an expert in the field could identify
- Useful — Has a function
Our attorneys meticulously review your invention and the patent-holder’s invention to determine whether your creation violates their patent.
Defending your rights
If another person or company attempts to bring a claim for patent infringement, we work to prove that the plaintiff’s patent is invalid. This can be done by proving that their invention was not novel, that the claims in the patent were obvious, or that they waited too long to file after disclosing or selling the invention. Our attorneys may also use other defenses such as patent misuse, inequitable conduct or estoppel.