United States Patent and Trademark Office Headquarters, Alexandria, VA

Protecting Proprietary Rights

Although not required, it is recommended that a prior art, or patentability, search be conducted to ascertain whether patent protection is available (the search is a screening process the results thereof not in itself being a final determination of patentability). The results of the search will be reviewed and the client advised whether patent protection may be available.


Areas of Protection

An individual or business entity may have proprietary rights which it desires to protect against use by a third party. State and Federal case law recognizes four areas of protection