Top question to ask when hiring a patent attorney

The difference between a good patent attorney and a bad patent attorney can be the difference between a valuable patent and a nice piece of paper to hang on your wall.

A patent attorney for small businesses and start-ups.

Devin Miller (IP Attorney)

Electrical Engineer

Lawyer

Small business owner

Valuable v. Wall Hanger

The difference between a good patent attorney and a bad patent attorney can be the difference between a valuable patent and a nice piece of paper to hang on your wall. Telling the difference between a good patent attorney and a bad patent attorney may be more difficult than it appears. 

A patent that is more that a wall hanger.

All patent attorneys have an engineering background. Most patent attorneys have a decent grasp on patent law. Most patent attorneys appear to be smart. Yet, any angel investor or institutional investor can tell you, not all patent attorneys draft good patents. 

Most important question to ask a patent attorney

Most Important Question

So what is the best way to distinguish between a good patent attorney and a bad patent attorney? Ask them one simple question: Do they own their own patents?

This simple question can provide a lot of insight. Think about it, would you want a chef who never tasted his own food cooking your dinner? Would you want an auto mechanic who only rides a bike working on your car? Of course not. Yet many patent attorneys have never filed a patent application for themselves and do not own any patents.

Always a reason

If you ask many patent attorneys if they have ever filed a patent application for themselves or own any patents, most will answer no. Now, attorneys are taught to think quickly on their feet and may give you a great sounding explanation why. 

Patent attorneys always have a reason.
Find an inventive patent attorney.

Inventive Enough?

They may say they are not inventive enough to create something worth patenting. They may say that they leave the inventing to the clients. Let’s think about the logic here. If the patent attorney is not inventive, do you really want them to help capture your invention and help you make sure competitors do not design around your invention?

Not worth the money?

Maybe your patent attorney does not think patents are worth investing in? If this is the case, then why are they charging you thousands of dollars to prepare your patent application? 

A patent attorney who understands a budget.

Maybe they do not have the free time? If they do not have the free time to invent something, then how can they appreciate all the blood, sweat, and tears that goes into your invention?

On the other hand, if a patent attorney has invested their time and money into their own patent, they understand what it is like to be a start-up or small business. The patent attorney understands that every dollar counts to a start-up or small business and that a patent is a big investment. The problem with a patent attorney who does not own his own patent is the same problem we have with Congress. When Congress spends other peoples’ money, they don’t really care how much they spend because it isn’t their money. 

A patent attorney who cares.

Cares about you

When a patent attorney that does not own a patent, they don’t care how much a client spends on a patent. When your patent attorney does own their own patent, they will be much more careful about how they charge you.

They will make sure to be extra careful not to overlook anything or make mistakes because they fully understand the consequences to a deficient patent.

A great patent attorney not only understands patent law and has an engineering degree, a great patent attorney understands inventing, running a business, and budgeting. The best way for a patent attorney to gain this understanding is to experience starting a business and investing in their own patent. So if you are looking for a great patent attorney, the first thing you should ask them is “Do you own a patent?” If the answer is no, move on to the next candidate. If the answer is yes, rest assured, you have found a great patent attorney.

Pricing

If you would like to set up an initial phone call to explore your options or if you are ready to go, talk to one of our patent attorneys today!

$1850

Provisional Patent Application

Includes

  • Inventor Interview Meeting
  • Preparation of provisional patent application
  • Limited revisions of provisional patent application prior to filing
  • Filing of provisional patent application with the patent office

*Fees based on a micro entity status.

$5800

Non-Provisional Patent Application

Includes

  • Inventor Interview Meeting
  • Preparation of professional drawings
  • Preparation of formal patent application
  • Unlimited revisions to the patent application prior to filing
  • Filing of non-provisional patent application with the patent office

*Fees based on a micro entity status.

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