How Long Does it Take to File a Provisional Patent?

How Long Does it Take to File a Provisional Patent?

Here is an example of an inquiry Corridor Law recently received via email:

"Hello. How long does it take to file a provisional patent? What's the typical lead time needed? I'm attending a trade show next week and it might be helpful to have (a provisional patent application) in place so I can speak more openly with potential partners there."

Every week, we receive similar calls and email inquiries from prospective clients asking "how quickly we can file a provisional patent application.” Whether it’s a meeting with potential investors or an upcoming trade show, it's a fairly common occurrence for individuals and startup companies to find themselves in a situation where they want to share an idea or reveal a product, but have not yet acquired the necessary protection.

In the interest of clients who need a quick solution to protect their ideas, we designed our IP Fast Track Program to get them the intellectual property protection they need both quickly and efficiently. Our IP Fast Track Program is designed for innovators who require solid protection and fast "patent pending" status.

While there are cheap online patent services, we at Corridor Law believe that if an idea is worth protecting (and we’ll tell you if it’s not) then obtaining the right protection requires the skill and expertise of an experienced patent attorney. All of our clients receive direct professional counsel and expert advice from our experienced patent attorneys.

Via our IP Fast Track Program, our new clients are usually able to attend their trade shows or business meetings within as little as a couple days from our initial contact, with the peace of mind that their idea is protected.

In summary, here's the good news! There is a way to obtain solid IP protection with a quick turnaround. So if you're in a hurry, let's talk.


Corridor Law Group’s “5 C” Approach to Crafting a Patent Application

A recent article on Law360 discussed how judges are looking for more craftsmanship in the patents they are asked to review. The article then goes on to define what the author calls the “4 Cs” of patent drafting: Collaboration, Customization, Continuity and Core Components.

While it was the first time someone has summarized patent drafting this way, Corridor Law Group’s attorneys have been paying attention to these facets in drafting patents for years. We understand the complexity involved in submitting well-written and detailed provisional patent application to the USPTO and have been creating high quality application, well before judges started emphasizing better crafted applications. In fact, we feel that we add a “fifth C” to our patents: Creativity.


Corridor Law Group's "5 C" approach to crafting a patent application:

Corridor Law Group collaborates with our clients on many levels. We are both excellent communicators, as well as effective listeners. Beyond the traditional interaction between inventor and counsel, we often introduce our clients to our network of marketing and product development teams to aid in bringing our client’s ideas to market. In addition, we frequently work with foreign counsel to ensure our client’s receive worldwide protection.

Every patent application that is submitted by Corridor Law Group is customized to offer the greatest protection for our clients. This true customization is accomplished by the exchange of drafts and conversations with the client; and a thorough understanding of our clients’ businesses, including their competitors.

Obtaining the desired protection of a patent continues to evolve as products develop, both before and after commercialization. Corridor Law Group offers an experienced and stable collaborative process through all phases of protecting our clients’ property, from filing a well-written provisional application all the way through the filing of continuations and continuations-in-part years after the product has been brought to market.

Core Components
At Corridor Law Group, our experienced attorneys offer the draftsmanship and mastery needed to ensure the protection of your core Intellectual Property. We make it our job to ensure that you have a solid core of IP to build your business around

While a good patent attorney has a strong scientific background, the best understand that patent prosecution is as much an art as it is a science. Attorneys at Corridor Law Group, are logical enough to understand the most technical of inventions, yet creative enough to draft patents that end up offering protection for material that previous attorneys felt was unpatentable. In that regard, we feel creativity is vitally important when crafting a patent application.

Corridor Law Group Welcomes IP Attorney Ryan Truesdale to the Firm

Ryan Truesdale has joined the intellectual property experts at Corridor Law Group. Ryan, formerly of Banner-Witcoff, will be starting his position as IP Attorney in December, 2013.

Ryan enjoys practicing in a variety of intellectual property law. His experience in various fields enables him to not just solve his clients' immediate concerns, but aid in creating a comprehensive intellectual property strategy that aligns with their business goals.

Most recently, Ryan represented a startup company in the energy storage field. Prior to that, he represented a Fortune 500 client in the athletic footwear and apparel industry practicing in a wide variety of intellectual property issues ranging from trademark and trade dress disputes, to patent prosecution. One of these matters reached the Supreme Court.

Ryan's technical background is biological physics. He worked on the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System where he studied the nuclear properties of heavy ions during his internship at the Department of Energy. Selects Bob Fieseler of Corridor Law Group as Top Patent Lawyer Selects Bob Fieseler of Corridor Law Group as Top Patent Lawyer

You’re always skeptical when you get this type of news because most lawyer ranking groups require some sort of payment or advertising commitment to get a listing. But in this case, Corridor Law Group’s Bob Fieseler was chosen for this Leading Lawyers award by an advisory board that considered candidates from a group of attorneys who came "most recommended" by their peers. And according to West Suburban Living Magazine, Bob was one of only three patent attorneys in Chicago’s western suburbs recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the intellectual property field.

Bob launched Corridor Law Group in April 2012 with fellow attorney Chris Buchko. They remain committed to their vision of delivering value-oriented intellectual property services to secure strong protection for their clients. Having worked for thirty years at two large Chicago patent firms, Bob decided it was time to create his own firm.

Thanks to and Western Suburban Living Magazine for the nice article and online placement.

Read the full article here.

When Patents Become Successful Products

At Corridor Law Group, our greatest satisfaction is seeing our clients patents hit the market and become successful products. It’s our passion and why we’re in business. It’s what we work hard to achieve with our clients.

Here are a couple of success stories involving patents we’ve gotten for clients in the field of chemical sensors:

Combination smoke, propane and carbon monoxide detector (U.S. Patent No. 7,248,156)

Our client, a Chicago-area manufacturer of safety equipment for boats and RV’s, invented a device for simultaneously detecting life-threatening airborne substances such as smoke, carbon monoxide and combustible gases like propane. The device uses visual and audible alarms to signal the presence of those substances, and when more than one is present, the device gives priority signals for which substance should be alleviated first. (Hint: propane explodes, so get out fast; with smoke and carbon dioxide, there’s time to locate the source).
A large conglomerate with a boat and RV equipment division tried to sell our client’s customers the same type of detectors, but for much cheaper, and tried to run our client out of business. Our client sued, and despite attacks on the patent’s validity, the patent held up and our client was able to maintain its customer base while collecting royalties on the conglomerate’s sales of devices covered by the patent.

Thin film gas sensor configuration (U.S. Patent Nos. 7,228,725 and 7,565,827)

A California technology start-up, with a license to commercialize pioneering hydrogen detector technology developed at a national laboratory, needed patent protection for the innovations embodied in products to be sold to large industrial customers. Together with the company’s technical staff, our attorney conducted an initial assessment of the core technologies that differentiated and made the company’s hydrogen detectors superior to those already in existence. Within a few weeks, the company had four patent applications on file, which eventually matured into patents covering the key innovative aspects of the company’s product line. With strong U.S. and foreign patent protection in place, the company was able to attract early-stage investors, who provided capital to bring the company’s products to market. The company was also able to maintain and expand its customer base, with the company’s patents serving as a deterrent to competitors wishing to sell similar hydrogen detectors.

As patent attorneys with decades of technical and legal experience, we’re adept at helping technology developers to identify the key patentable aspects of their developments. Investors and competitors know that a company’s patents help to define its market power. Corridor Law Group understands what it takes to secure patents that will be honored within the industry and help the patented products succeed in the marketplace.

Please check back with us soon for more patent success stories, both from within our firm and from the outside as well.