Welcome to LosAngelesPatentLawFirm.com website, which is owned by Cionca Law Group, a Professional Corporation. Our law firm was founded by Marin Cionca, Esq., a registered patent attorney and degreed engineer. We are an intellectual property law firm focusing on helping individual inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses protect their valuable intellectual property rights in IP assets: patents, trademarks, and copyrights. We operate out of Orange County but we serve all Southern California including Los Angeles city and all the other communities of the Los Angeles County.
A government license that gives the holder exclusive rights to a process, design or new invention for a designated period of time.
A symbol, word, phrase, logo, or combination of these that legally distinguishes one company's product from any others.
The ownership of intellectual property by the item's creator Copyright law gives creators of original ideas, art, etc.
Our entrepreneurial, engineering, and legal experience enable us to have a unique understanding of the value of intellectual property, and the decisive competitive advantage, strong intellectual property rights may give to an entrepreneur or small business. In the same time, we understand very well the complexities, challenges, and the enormous dedication it takes to start, run, and grow a business.
We are committed to listen and to help by offering cost sensitive assistance with design and utility patent searches, patent prosecution - including provisional and non-provisional (utility) applications, trademark and copyright registrations, and much more. Los Angeles County inventors and entrepreneurs can meet with registered patent attorney Marin Cionca in person, in the firm's Orange office, or in a Los Angeles office. Los Angeles County is a dynamic business center because of the significant number of entrepreneurs and inventors who reside and do business there. The creativity and initiative of the Los Angeles County residents and businesses are, and will be, central to the continued economic growth of the Southern California region. Cionca Law Group, P.C. is committed to do its part by providing cost effective patent and other IP services to Los Angeles area residents and businesses.
We Are Flexible
Flexible Fee Structures. We have designed flexible fee arrangements, which include flat fee, customized fee, and hourly fee options for patent and trademark services.
Flexible Hours. Our clients can contact us during and after regular business hours.
Marin Cionca, Esq.
Registered Patent Attorney
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What is a Patent Search?More
A patent search is conducted by an examiner when reviewing an application to confirm that it does not, in fact, conflict with prior art. This is required, of course, as the entire point of filing a patent is to protect your invention from potential infringements by future inventors and businesses. What is optional, however, is the ability of the inventor to conduct a separate patent search prior to filing the application. The USPTO, as well as other international offices, has a public database that allows users to personally examine prior art and decide if their invention is patentable.
“Is it worth it?”
There is the question of “is it worth it?” The answer is almost always yes. Not only does it give an inventor the opportunity to determine the viability of applying for a patent on an invention, but provides insight into whatever prior art may be related to the invention. This second point is important, as it allows the inventor become more familiar with “what is already out there,” which in turn provides insight into what is unique about the invention under consideration.
At the very least, it his highly advisable to conduct a search before filing a non-provisional patent. Because of the high cost of a non-provisional application, it would be extremely unfortunate if a patent search would have revealed a conflict of claims between the invention in the application and prior art. Conducting a patent search prior to filing can avoid a loss of critical time and money by revealing such conflicts to the inventor.
Hire a Patent Law Professional?
It is ideal, if the budget allows for it, to hire a patent law professional to conduct a search for the inventor. A patent attorney will have a much better understanding of what to look for in prior art, and will be able to determine which patents are more likely to conflict with the invention under consideration. Additionally, a patent attorney will provide a “patentability opinion,” which is their estimate of how likely is that an application will be approved by the USPTO. However, it is important to understand that patent searches are “part art, part science.” Patent attorneys are very skilled at conducting patent searches, but it is impossible for them to be 100% accurate.
One cause for inaccuracy is that inventors have the option to not publicly file a patent application. If a patent attorney is conducting a search for a client, the privately filed application (which could potentially conflict with the attorney’s invention) will not be available. The examiner, however, will have access to the private application, and may reject the attorney’s filed application on the basis of prior art. This is not very common, however, and the benefits of hiring a patent law professional to conduct a search far outweighs such unlikely situations as this example.
Concluding Remarks - Patent Searches
As a general guideline, conducting a patent search prior to filing an application is recommended if the budget allows it. If the search shows that prior art conflicts with an inventor’s idea, the inventor has the ability to change the scope/focus of the invention before submitting the application (or abandoning it entirely to pursue another idea, saving time and money in the process). Even if there are no discernible conflicts of claims after conducting a search, a thorough knowledge of prior art allows for an inventor or attorney to prepare a much better application that not only has a higher chance of approval, but is much better defined in the claims it sets out to protect.