Patents

Boulware & Valoir understands technology and how patents provide a key part of a technology company’s intellectual property (IP) portfolio. We work in both cutting edge nascent technologies and in well-established industries and can vary our strategy as needed for the technology environment. We also understand how patent laws and the FDA regulatory scheme overlap, and can take full advantage of both systems to provide increased market exclusivity in the medical arts. For more information on U.S. Patent Basics, click here.

We offer a comprehensive range of patent-related services including:

  • Domestic and international patent procurement services
  • Utility and design patent prosecution
  • Patent litigation and enforcement services
  • Patent licensing/cross-licensing
  • Patent portfolio review/audits
  • Prior art and clearance or “freedom to operate” searches
  • Competitive intelligence reviews
  • Patentability, non-infringement and invalidity opinions
  • Ownership and assignment issues
  • In-house patent policy reviews
  • Due diligence investigations
  • Patent marking related matters

PATENT PROSECUTION AND COUNSELING

Boulware & Valoir offers a comprehensive range of patent prosecution and counseling services. Our services include preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications. We have extensive contacts with foreign firms to provide excellent service and advice in most major markets around the globe.

Where feasible, we draft most applications on a fixed-fee basis. Prosecution costs are highly dependent on the Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the scope of the claims desired. Therefore, we work with you to get the broadest scope of protection consistent with your budget and business goals. In other words, we won’t waste your resources on assets that won’t help your business. We also provide patentability and non-infringement opinions, where needed, and counseling on prosecution-related matters.

TECHNOLOGIES

Our staff has first-hand experience handling patent work in a variety of technologies, including:

  • Enhanced oil recovery
  • Downhole oilwell devices
  • Upstream processing technology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biologics
  • Diagnostics
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Agricultural inventions
  • Wind energy
  • Solar energy
  • Nanotechnology
  • Lab-on-Chip technology
  • Medical Devices
  • Business methods

Boulware & Valoir

Intellectual Property Attorneys

Three Riverway
Suite 950
Houston, TX 77056
Phone: 832-369-7852
Fax: 713-650-6458