We at Singhwal offer three types of IP support services including Patent and design Illustrations, Patent Translations and IP Docket Management services.
Patent and Design Illustrations
In order to obtain Intellectual property protection, especially in the form of the patents for protecting the invention or innovation. A crucial aspect in the filing of the patents is the Illustrations which are required to be filed. These Illustrations may be required in filing the Industrial design or the Design patent filings in addition to Utility patents. These Illustrations are required to be in compliant with the specific rules of the particular patent or design offices where the filing is intended for, thus requiring specialists to produce the same.
As far as the illustrations for patents are concerned, they form an integral part of the invention disclosure as it enables the expression of the invention visually along with the representation of the novel elements and the working of the invention. Incorrect representations impact the novelty of the invention and are thus very important to have accurate illustrations accompanying the patent documents. Since the Illustrations are also a part of the patent document, the patent offices across the world have certain rules which are required to be compliant in furtherance to the illustrations submitted especially with respect to the clarity, referencing and the legibility of the illustrations. The Illustrations are required to be clear without having a lot of unnecessary detailing. The illustrations are to be limited to the bare minimum foe to be able to represent the invention accurately with the referencing done numerically. This allows for clear and neat illustration with a relative ease of reference. The font size is also important along with the margins etc. Though the objections from patent offices may not be substantially based on the illustrations, the design offices do object if the Illustrations are not as per their satisfaction and in compliance with the rules. Thus making them significant. Design Illustration is the most important aspect of the Design Application as the different views decide the fate of the application. It is also the only representation, therefore has to be accurate with respect to the product. The design offices also raise objections with respect to the Illustrations and hence the same is required to be diligently and accurately prepared in compliance to the rules of the different design offices to which the applications are intended. We at Singhwal are equipped to provide quality patent Illustrations services as we understand the rules and the practical aspects of the patent offices around the world.
The need for patent translations arises in certain instances when there is a requirement for filing the applications as convention applications and the language of the patent is anything other than that of the accepted languages of the specific patent office in which the filing is intended. Apart from this during prosecution in case there is any patent which has been cited by the Examiner, which is unavailable in a language of easy reference and preferably in English, then there is a need to translate the said document to be able to deliberate on the same with ease. Another specific case in which the need for translating the patent document arises is with the European patent Validation. While Validating the EU patents nationally, within any of the countries where the patent office does not accept the patent in the language in which it was originally filed.
Post-grant also, there are certain instances where the translation of the patent documents is required. In the event of a litigation, wherein key patents which need to be submitted in a court of law to substantiate the merits of your case may not be in the language in which the court accepts the documents. In those cases, the patent document requires being translated.
Depending on the need, the translations may either be a simple machine-assisted translation, where not a lot of human intervention is required, whereas there are instances, wherein patent is being scrutinized for its validity, or to invalidate it, in those instances a more detailed and accurate translation is necessary and the same is obtained by a person rather than taking assistance from a machine. We at Singhwal are equipped to provide quality patent translation services as we understand the rules and the practical aspects of the patent offices around the world.
IP Docket Management
Obtaining Intellectual property protection does not stop at the filing of patents or the Trademarks or the design application. There is a lot of efforts which goes into managing the legal deadlines which may not be extendable most of the times. These legal deadlines need to be strictly adhered to. Therefore, close monitoring of these applications along with timely reminders is necessary during the prosecution of the patent and trademark applications.
Another aspect is the Docket Management. Docket management is not only important up until grant but also after the grant of the application. For instance, in the event post-grant, a patent is the subject matter of a suit, the registration certificate needs to be submitted to the court of law. The maintenance of the patents inclusive of all the document which have been generated at the time of filing becomes an integral part of the docket and one of the most important being the Registration certificate. Docket Management and maintenance is also of utmost significance in the event of provisional filing. Wherein, the provisional patent is not published anywhere, the maintenance of the docket helps retain a copy of what has been filed. We at Singhwal, have an understanding of the legal deadlines and the practices of the different patent offices which enables us to manage and maintain your IP dockets with accuracy.