Patent Prosecution

While our clients range from single inventors to large companies to universities, our goal for each client is always the same: to guide our client through the maze of regulations and procedures involved in obtaining a patent, so as to secure a patent that aligns with the goals and business strategy of the client.

We assist our clients in developing intellectual property portfolios that serve specific business objectives. In many cases, this means seeking the broadest claims to which an invention is entitled, so as to foreclose competitors from market share. In other cases, this includes filing for defensive patents to ensure that a client can operate in a space uninhibited by their competitors. We also work with our clients to ensure they and their employees—inventors, engineers, professors, graduate students—understand the patent process and follow policies and guidelines that protect against inadvertent loss of rights in an invention.

As corporate initiatives are increasingly driven by intellectual property, the quality of patent prosecution a client receives has enormous financial consequences. We have what it takes to make our clients succeed.

Practice Category

William R. Borchers
William R. Borchers

Partner, San Antonio
214.978.7723

Chris Cravey
Chris Cravey

Partner, Houston
713.752.4247

Raman N. Dewan
Raman N. Dewan

Partner, Austin
512.236.2013

Blake T. Dietrich
Blake T. Dietrich

Associate, Dallas
214.953.5992

Temple Keller
Temple Keller

Senior Counsel, Austin
512.236.2036

Mark H. Miller
Mark H. Miller

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7751

Brit Nelson
Brit Nelson

Partner, Houston
713.752.4419

Wasif Qureshi
Wasif Qureshi

Partner, Houston
713.752.4521

Cline H. White
Cline H. White

Senior Counsel, San Antonio
210.978.7783

We provide patent prosecution and counseling services in a wide range of technical and business areas, in almost every industry, and in both the retail and commercial markets, including consumer products, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and medical technology, manufacturing, oil and gas, energy, automotive, power generation, financial services, computers, and telecommunications. Our attorneys are well versed in the following areas and technologies:

Medical

  • Aortic perfusion catheters
  • Biomedical equipment
  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemical
  • Cardiology
  • Catheters
  • Chemical/Chemistry
  • Chemistry – analytical and immunological testing
  • Medical Prosthesis
  • Methods of medical/surgical procedures
  • Methods of medical treatment, detection, diagnosis, and prophylaxis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthodontics
  • Orthopedics
  • Pacemakers
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Radiation imagery chemistry
  • Surgical instrumentation

Electrical

  • Aircraft communications systems
  • Analog signal processors
  • Battery or capacitor charging and discharging
  • Digital signal processors
  • Electrical audio signal processing systems and devices
  • Electrical cabinets
  • Electrical generators
  • Electrical lamps and discharge devices
  • Electrical measuring and testing systems
  • Electrical resistors
  • Electrical power supply or regulation systems
  • Electrical transmission or interconnecting systems
  • Electronic circuits
  • Electric motive power systems
  • Oscillators
  • Silicon waiver processing
  • Sensors
  • Semiconductors
  • Semiconductor manufacturing, processing and equipment
  • Tuners
  • Wave transmission lines and networks

Chemical

  • Acrylate and methacralyate monomer manufacturing processes
  • Biodegradable dispersants
  • Biodegradation of ethers
  • Chemical reactor enhancements
  • Consolidation treatments for subterranean formations
  • Corrosion reduction techniques
  • Downhole cementing mixtures and processes
  • Downhole stimulation and treatment fluids
  • Emulsion separation techniques
  • Enhanced downhole fluid recovery techniques
  • Environmental recovery and reuse of discarded materials such as rubber tires
  • Environmentally benign waste water treatment processes
  • Heat exchanger design
  • Optimization of reactor catalysts
  • Paint stripping compositions
  • Polymer inhibition enhancements
  • Relative Permeability modifier fluids
  • Styrene monomer manufacturing processes
  • Thermal oxidizer operations for the treatment of waste gases
  • Viscoelastic surfactant fluids and gelling agents

Telecommunications/Internet/Computers

  • ADSL Modems
  • Analog/digital signal processing
  • Business methods
  • Communications
  • Computer software
  • E-commerce
  • Instrumentation
  • Internet protocol networking
  • Telecom

Mechanical

  • Ammunition and explosives
  • Boilers
  • Brakes
  • Bulk food preparation
  • Ceramics
  • Conveyors
  • Distillation
  • Down hole tools
  • Gas separation
  • Glass manufacturing
  • Heat exchange
  • Internal combustion engines
  • Law enforcement
  • Load structure processes and apparatus
  • Lubrication
  • Machine elements or mechanisms
  • Manufacturing
  • Measuring and testing
  • Metal deforming
  • Oil drilling and well bore completion equipment
  • Offshore structures
  • Optics
  • Packaging equipment
  • Personal security devices
  • Power plants
  • Pre-cast concrete retaining walls
  • Pre-cast concrete traffic barriers
  • Pressure relief devices
  • Refrigeration
  • Sports equipment
  • Static structures
  • Traffic barriers
  • Underground storage vaults
  • Valves and valve actuation

Other

  • Plants
  • Design patents

We regularly handle all areas or patent prosecution, including:

  • Preparation and filing of provisional and non-provisional patent applications
  • Comprehensive patent prosecution services in the U.S. for utility, design, and plant patents
  • Prosecution of international patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (“PCT”)
  • Coordination of patent prosecution in foreign countries and regions
  • Counseling on “shop rights”
  • Prosecuting interference contests to resolve priority in invention
  • Patent appeals to the Patent Trial & Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent Office
  • Filing and prosecution of reissue applications and reexamination requests and defending patents in reexamination proceedings
  • Rendering legal opinions on the strengths and weaknesses of patents
  • Rendering legal opinions on patentability, right-to-use, validity, enforceability, and infringement
  • Patent infringement litigation in all federal courts
  • Patent appeals in the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Patent litigation in the ITC and other tribunals
  • Patent portfolio audits, counseling, and management
  • Post-grant review for patents issuing from applications filed after March 16, 2013
  • Inter partes review
  • Supplemental review, which can be used to “cure” inequitable conduct
  • Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents
  • Derivation proceedings and pre-issuance submissions