« on: 02-04-09 at 03:40 pm »
Thanks for the replied guys. We will move forward with patenting ourselves. Mostly because I want the experience under my belt, I need to know the laws if I were to have to deal with litigation later, and my first patent is not made of gold I do not believe. We are a manufacturer so all R&D, and fab work will be kept here.
I can appreciate the push to hire a patent atty and if we were a large corporation, I might do that. Being an engineer, I really feel by learning to write my own technical patents could be a very useful tool in the future. If I maintain my "small fry" status, I would seek to litigate my own suits as well. Probably seems rather dumb for other attorney's but if I am ever in the scenario mentioned above and have no funds to litigate, I need to represent myself to better protect what is rightfully mine.
I have heard 100s of times about large companies bulldozing small patent holders based solely on fund resources. They know they can drag them (their atty) through court until the money runs out. Then the atty moves on to the next guy with money and the patent holder is left with nothing. That is really not justice if you ask me. I only seek to accept my pro-se right and keep the ball in play.
I probably come off rather dumb but I promise, I am learning. Last month, I did not even know how to contact the patent office.....
I did not get any clarification on the 18mo rule above. Do I understand it correctly that one can claim compensation up to 18mo back from when the patent issues as long as an infringer is notified in writing that they are in violation?