Tracy Jong Law Firm (Patent Attorney, Trademark Attorney) is an intellectual property law firm serving clients all across the United States. We provide services to start-ups, small companies, scientists, doctors, and entrepreneurial individuals. Our office also serves as a US associate for foreign law firms seeking to file the US counterpart to foreign patent applications. A city with a history of innovation, invention and entrepreneurial spirit, Rochester, NY has one of the greatest concentrations of patent filings in the country.
We routinely serve clients from other parts of New York state, such as Syracuse, Buffalo, Utica, Albany, Newburgh, White Plains, New York City, other states such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Tennessee, Colorado, Nevada, Indiana, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, California, Texas, Wisconsin, North Carolina and overseas clients from Canada, United Kingdom, China and India, etc. Our services include: intellectual property contracts and agreements, patent searching, patent preparation, patent prosecution, patent licensing, foreign patent filings, trademark registration, trademark searching, trademark prosecution, trademark licensing, copyright registration, and business formation for new start-ups. Engineering Services can also be provided on an as-needed basis during patent preparation and prosecution. Technical Drawing Services can be provided on an as-needed basis during product development, patent preparation and patent prosecution.
Our legal, industrial and technical background enables us to work with engineers, entrepreneurs, doctors, and inventors on any technology from the simplest to the most complex. We can speak with inventors, doctors, scientists, and engineers in their own language, putting them at ease, saving time and avoiding key information being “lost in translation” to non-technical professionals. Our personal, down to earth, approachable style is refreshing for most inventors.
We work efficiently and creatively with inventors, health professionals, engineers, business owners, scientists, and management to identify patentable technology and to transform that technology into valuable intellectual property assets or to develop effective protection procedures. We work with business owners, management and marketing personnel to identify and protect valuable intellectual property with copyrights, trademarks, and design patents. We advise clients on intellectual property issues and contracts.
Located in a suburban setting, we keep our overhead low. We don’t have an expensive downtown office space. When appropriate, we efficiently work with clients without requiring “face to face” meetings in our “brick and mortar” office. We can transact much of our business via telephone, e-mail, and fax. We can use internet video conferencing, a particular benefit for international clients. For many clients, this is convenient and time-saving. No time away from work for meetings, no travel time, and more expedient communication. Consequently, our clients receive both convenient and quality patent and trademark services and representation at a reasonable cost.
We make the effort to understand your business objectives and present you options and alternatives. We won’t make your decisions for you, rather, we strive to educate so you can decide how best to proceed. We enjoy being a part of your team and take pride that our service effectively helps you to reach your goals.
We offer free initial consultation. All consultations with a patent attorney or patent agent regarding your technical ideas and legal matters are confidential, whether you choose to hire the firm or not. (Do not send your invention materials until you have spoken with a patent attorney or patent agent by telephone or e-mail.)
Patent Pending Status
With patent rights, an invention may not be manufactured, used, sold, distributed, imported or duplicated without the inventor’s consent. Our office assists inventors in protecting and profiting from their invention by filing of provisional utility patent applications, non-provisional utility patent applications, international patent applications, and design patent applications.
Full Scope of Services
After an application for patent protection is filed, our office assists inventors in deriving profit from their invention by representing their rights in negotiations with potential purchasers and licensees of the technology. We can assist in establishing the inventor as the sole source for the invention through branding via copyright and trademark protection. We also form new business entities and assist inventors in reviewing and negotiating manufacturing agreements for those who have a more entrepreneurial approach to profiting from their invention.
From Patent to Profit
Successful inventors understand that protecting their invention is the best way to maximize profit potential. With exclusive control over the rights and the source of an invention, the entire market share can be exploited to an inventor’s benefit. Think about it logically, if others can legally do something, why should they pay to do so? Only by having a monopoly on an idea can it be successfully and profitably exploited. Without protection, copycats and johnny-come-laters are sure to be in the picture of any commercially successful product. The value of an invention may depend on the steps taken to protect the idea early in the process.
Cost Effective Investment
An investment in a patent may be one of the best investments made by an inventor or entrepreneur. Over the lifetime of a commercial product, the cost is a relatively small one. Remember, patent “monopoly” rights for utility patents run for 20 years from the date of filing. For design patents, patent rights run for 14 years from date of issuance. The cost for patent protection generally amounts to $200 to $1,000 annually over the patent term.
Having a patent pending may have auxiliary benefits. It may deter competitors, but it may also create interest in your new or improved product. It may have the benefit of creating the impression that your company is leading edge, a market leader and innovative in technology. It may give investors some peace of mind that copycats and big box companies won’t usurp your nascent market share. It provides an asset that can be leveraged as collateral for funding.
Test the Market with a Provisional Patent
For a few thousand dollars, you can protect your idea before you publicly disclose it with a provisional patent application. This two step process of filing for utility patent coverage allows you to invest half of what is generally spent on filing a utility patent application. The provisional patent application gives you a priority filing date, establishes you as the inventor and provides patent pending status for 12 months. You can market your invention during this period. At the 8 or 10 month mark, you can assess whether the additional investment for a full utility patent is justified. If not, you abandon the patent application without additional cost and investment. If it is, you work with our office to convert the application to claim your monopoly right in your invention before the expiration of the 12 months.