Protecting Your Inventions


While some attorneys refer to themselves as “intellectual property” attorneys, not all attorneys have the technical expertise or qualifications to be patent attorneys. Since our founding in 1879, attorneys at Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner, have specialized in patent law. Every attorney is or will be a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which means that all Woodard attorneys have the technical knowledge and legal acumen to obtain protection for your inventions with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Most law firms cannot say that.

Our attorneys’ diverse backgrounds in chemistry, biology, engineering, computer science, physics, and mathematics, provide them with a keen understanding and insight of new inventions. Woodard attorneys are able to communicate with the inventors, regardless of the technology involved. As a result, we have a breadth and depth of knowledge to help guide you through the entire patenting process for any type of invention, from elegant mechanical inventions to complex chemical, biotechnology, electrical, or software inventions.

At the beginning of the patenting process, we can conduct a patent search and advise on what type of patent protection you might receive should you file for patent protection. We know the value of a patent begins with the quality in its preparation and prosecution. When we prepare the application, we do our homework up front to understand the intricacies of the technology involved and how the invention fits into your overall business strategy. At every stage of the process, we do not lose the perspective that the patent needs to provide value to your business.

Every patent application we file goes through an extensive quality review program by our formalities department to confirm that all filing formalities are satisfied and appropriate deadlines are docketed. Our quality review does not stop there—we continue to monitor and confirm accuracy of USPTO records during pendency and track deadlines after issuance.

Our patent prosecution group also handles more complicated matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, such as reissue, reexamination, Post-Grant Review (PGR), Inter Partes Review (IPR), Covered Business Method Review (CBM), derivation proceedings and interference proceedings.

Patent Services:

  • Patentability analysis
  • Full in-house patent drafting capabilities
  • Filings and processing of patent application materials in the United States and internationally
  • Analysis of office actions and cited references
  • Formulation of claim amendments and responsive arguments to office actions
  • Preparation of declarations, briefs, etc.
  • Conducting interviews of inventors, declarants, examiners
  • Handling of ex parte and / or inter partes proceedings including reexaminations, reissues, post grant review, etc.
  • Due diligence reviews
  • Patent watches
  • Clearance opinions
  • Invalidity / validity opinions
  • Infringement / non-infringement opinions
  • Domestic and International Patent Portfolio Management
  • Maintenance fee and annuity payments