Patent Ownership

Who Really Owns Your Patents

Highly productive scientists and engineers are often eager to start companies around their great ideas. Such entrepreneurs, however, should take care to ensure their ownership of the patent estate. Read More...

Evaluating a Company's Patent Position

There are many reasons that patent attorneys may be asked to conduct diligence reviews of a company’s patent estate. Investors may seek to take an equity position. Banks may seek to extend loans. Other companies may seek to acquire the company, its assets, or start a joint venture. Evaluating a company’s patent position is a complex matter with many moving parts. It is much like peeling an onion where each bit of information may open up a new line of inquiry. While some parts of the process should be accomplished early, there is no strict chronological order in which the steps of the investigations unfold.