Richards Patent Law can help you with any transactional patent matters you may have. We prepare, negotiate and record patent assignments, asset purchase agreements, joint development agreements and other transactional agreements. We also provide due diligence research and other support for patent related corporate transactions. If you are another attorney who needs help with due diligence on a patent related matter, we would be happy to assist you and your client.
Patents are property and can be assigned from one party to another, whether independently or part of a larger asset purchase agreement. RPL can help you negtiaotate, prepare, and record patent assignments with the USPTO that properly convey the chain of title from a first party to a second. For more information on this topic, visit conoscienti & ledbetter.
Joint development agreements are used when two businesses want to collaborate to develop a new product or form a collaborative or joint business venture. When dealing with innovative technology, patent rights can be a core component of the joint venture. RPL can help you negotiate and prepare the appropriate joint development agreement to form your new business relationship.
You may need to hire a product developer or software developer to bring your product to market. It is important to have the proper independent contractor agreement in place to secure the rights in the IP that is developed. In addition, the agreement will help you set the terms of your engagement and confirm that the relationship is not employer-employee, which is important for tax and other liability reasons. RPL can help you negotiate and prepare the appropriate independent contractor agreement when hiring a developer to assist you in bringing your product to life.
Before entering into a contractual relationship with a patent owner, licensing the rights to a patent or patent portfolio, buying patent assets, or otherwise conducting transactions involving patents, it can be important to know the status of the patent, whether the maintenance fees are current, the chain of title related to the patent, and similar relevant details. RPL can help you learn everything you need to know about a patent or patent portfolio before making decisions and entering into relationships related to patents.
Please contact us if you would like more information about any of our transaction-related patent services.
Patent monetization requires maintenance and enforcement. RPL protects issued patent rights to be asserted against infringers.
Patent applications protect your inventions. RPL writes patents for your inventions and helps to file them around the world.
Design patents protect the ornamental, visual features of products and are particularly suited to prevent knockoff imitations.
Utility patents protect your invention's features and functions and can be filed as provisional or non-provisional patent applications.
A PCT application sets an international priority date for your patent and buys you time to determine in which countries you will pursue protection.
Patent licensing is one way to generate revenue from your patent portfolio. RPL can tailor a patent license for your specific needs.
Offensively or defensively, RPL partners with experienced patent trial attorneys to manage all stages of your patent litigation.
JDAs for partnering to develop new products, independent contractor agreements for hiring product developers, and patent sales and monetization.
Patent searches and opinions help you gather information and inform your decision for your patent matters. Quality searches and reliable analysis matters.