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Re: Will patent attorneys initially assess likelih
« Reply #5 on: Dec 17th, 2007, 3:45pm »
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When looking for a patent attorney, you should take into consideration the field of experience of the patent attorney.  For instance, it would not make sense to hire a patent attorney who has a EE background if the invention is related to health science.
 
Also, there are many choices regarding patent attorneys: do you want an attorney with 1-3 years experence or one with 20 years; solo practioner or a member of a large firm.  All has pros and cons.  The attorney-client relationship is just that, a relationship.  You have to trust the attorney to do a fair and competent job.  One way to find an attorney is to see if anyone in your area has used a patent attorney and ask them for a recommendation.  If no one has, see if any of the other lawyers in the area are aware of any and seek a referral.  Also, a call to the local bar association could give a referral.
 
As for searches, I would recommend obtaining one.  They, however, cannot be a guarantee of success, but they can give guidence as to probabilities of success.
 
The search agent I use charges around $375 - $550 for simple mechanical/electro inventions up to $2500 for extensive searches.  My fees usually depend on the amount of time needed to analyse the results of the search in light of the invention.  You should expect to pay $600 to $1000 for a basic search if the technology is fairly basic and straight forward.
 
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Re: Will patent attorneys initially assess likelih
« Reply #6 on: Dec 23rd, 2007, 11:40am »
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I think it's important to distinguish between a search and a search and opinion.  A search only entails finding relevant references and presenting them to the client.  Some practitioners will comment on the relevance of each, but it may go no further than that.  If one wants an opinion as to the patentability of the invention in light of the found references, the cost is higher (sometimes much higher) because the practitioner must review references in more detail and make a more detailed comparison.  Then, he applies his independent professional judgement to give an opinion.
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