Experienced NJ Patent Law Firm Represents Inventors and Businesses
Protecting inventors and their ideas though patents and litigation
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. Ernest D. Buff & Associates helps inventors at all stages of patent filing and defending your patent rights from infringement. Our attorneys also defend those who have been accused of infringing an existing patent.
Preserving all types of patents
Patents are grouped into three different classifications depending upon their form. Our attorneys have the knowledge to help you with:
- Utility patents. Including machines, chemical formulas, compounds and manufactured goods
- Design patent. Original, ornamental design for a manufactured product
- Plant patent. A new variety of plant
The attorneys at our firm will help you understand which patent process makes the most sense for your invention and your business.
Conducting patent research
To qualify for patent protection, your invention or improvement must be:
- Novel. Your design or improvement must not have previously been known.
- Nonobvious. The design must be more than just a combination of existing ideas.
- Useful. Your creation must have a function.
Our attorneys meticulously review your invention with an eye for your eligibility based upon the three primary factors. We then conduct a thorough patent search to determine whether a similar design has already been registered.
Registering your patent pending
If your design appears to be unique, our attorneys walk you through the complex process of preparing your application, including creating essential drawings and descriptions. While waiting for the issuance of your patent, your invention is marked patent pending, thereby affording you substantial protections. A patent is granted by the U.S. Patent Office for a specific time period for which you retain exclusive rights to your invention.
Defending your patent
If another person or company attempts to infringe upon your patent rights, we pursue all available legal remedies. Our attorneys first demand that the infringer cease and desist unauthorized actions. We then vehemently pursue damages.
Fighting against accusations of infringement
If you are facing 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.