Protecting Inventions

Our job is to protect your invention. We will not disclose your secrets. Attorneys are required by law to protect the confidential information of their clients. We take this responsibility seriously. We do not issue “Certificates of Confidentiality” as they are an unnecessary gimmick and merely serve to confuse the public.

The simple truth is that an attorney who improperly discloses a client’s confidential information may lose their license to practice law, lose the privilege of practicing before the United States Patent & Trademark Office, and may face other severe penalties.

We invite you to contact us to discuss your particular needs and goals. In the interim, we offer the following general observations that you might want to consider.

We invite you to contact us to discuss your particular needs and goals. In the interim, we offer the following general observations that you might want to consider.

Do not demonstrate, sell, offer to sell, or show your invention to the public until you have consulted with legal counsel. After a certain period of time, a public display, use or offer to sell your product could compromise your ability to patent your product. There is a significant difference between experimental use and public use of an invention.

Beware of companies who target inventors and offer promotional services. If something sounds too good to be true, study the offer with great care.

Consider the potential benefits of filing a patent application before showing your product to potential investors or manufacturers. Would you rather show your product as “patent pending” or spend your time asking friends and strangers alike to sign and honor non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) ?