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Should I hire a local or national patent attorney? (Cont.)
The Most Important Factor: Your Patent Attorney’s Qualifications
With no worries about local patent law and the ability to complete the patent application process via mail (physical or digital), there is little reason to specifically hire a local patent attorney. If you live across the nation or across the globe and are comfortable with sending your documents via email, fax, postal service, or with a courier service, you can hire a California patent attorney.
Since you are not restricted by location, you should focus on retaining a patent attorney who has training in your specific field of technology or base your decision on the rate of the firm’s success and client relations.
When interviewing patent attorneys, you should ask questions like:
- Have you handled similar cases in my field of technology?
- Have you successfully litigated patent cases involving inventions like mine? (Be sure to ask for specific examples and settlement or verdict amounts.)
- Are you readily available if I have questions?
- What do you charge for your patent services?
You should also feel confident that he or she understands your concerns and needs. Another major factor to consider is if the patent attorney has a contingency plan set in place in the event they retire or are unavailable during your patent application process.
A patent application can sometimes take years, and your patent attorney should be able to provide you with adequate backup support should the need arise.
You should never choose a California patent attorney based solely on location. Knowledge of patent law, customer relations, and areas of expertise are the 3 most important factors when researching an appropriate patent attorney.
If your invention is technology related, it will be beneficial to both you and your attorney if you are both well-versed in the field.
The California patent attorneys at the Adli Law Group P.C. can handle all of your patent, trademark, and copyright needs. Our firm specializes in technology patents ranging from nuclear energy, optics, computer hardware and software, electronics, and many other fields. Our patent attorneys hold degrees in physics, electrical engineering, computer engineering, and several other technology fields.
We serve clients across Los Angeles County and the U.S., as well as internationally in countries such as China, Taiwan and Japan. Contact us today for experienced help with securing the patent rights to your invention – (213) 290-4933.