Cserr IP Strategies focuses on patent and trademark procurement, patent and trademark portfolio management, freedom to operate and infringement studies, technology and trademark licensing, and investment due diligence.The firm was established in 1995 and has represented small and large corporate clients (Chiron, Aviron, Boehringer Mannheim, BioGenex, and Genetics Institute for example), universities and research institutes (University of California, Stanford University, J. David Gladstone Institute), start-up companies (Wireless EV Charge, Safety in Motion, Pacific Trace Minerals) and individual inventors.Example cases
Exemplary issued patents include U.S. Patent Nos. 7,495,097 (Rhodium Quinonoid Catalysts); 6,291,236 (Human Cytomegalovirus DNA Sequences); 5,922,328 (Methods and Compositions for Treatment of HSV-2 Infections and Conditions); 5,439,649 (Automated Staining Apparatus); 6,416,782 (Selenium Bolus for Ruminants); 5,215,895 (DNA Encoding a Mammalian Cytokine Interleukin-11); 4,907,931 (Apparatus for Handling Semiconductor Wafers); 7,544,061 (Apparatus for Teaching and Practicing Dental Procedures); and 4,458,365 (Nursing Gown or Garment). Exemplary opinions provided relate to metal plating, sandwich assays, polypeptide, DNA and RNA sequences, and solar cell lead frame chemistries. Scope and strength assessments have been provided in the fields of metal coatings, viruses, metastasis inhibition and liquid level detection, for example.
One hour free consultation.
The firm prefers to provide its services on a fixed fee basis so that its clients know what their costs will be before the work begins. Pricing guidelines for patent and trademark services are posted on the firm's website. For due diligence and opinion work, the firm will agree to a set price for the project.
Attorney rate: $300 per hour. Paralegal rate: $150 per hour. Discounts are available.
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Clients may call at any time and will receive a return call either the same day, or night, or the following day, even if the call occurs on the weekend.
The legal costs involved in patenting are expensive because a great deal of time must be spent to draft a strong patent application. Knowing this, Cserr IP Strategies is flexible in its approach to fees: the firm will always agree to fees up front, thereby assuming the risk if the project takes more time than estimated. The firm bills paralegal work at its paralegal rate and does not bill for telephone, delivery charges (postal and electronic), copying costs, docketing, and forwarding of received patent and trademark office forms that require no advice or client input.
The firm does not engage in litigation.
Cserr IP Strategies provides large law firm representation without large firm expense. LuAnn Cserr has a reputation for providing very high quality work in a timely manner and because she has had experience as an in-house patent attorney, a large law firm patent counsel, and a university patent director, she understands how to best provide services economically. Her breadth of technical expertise, ranging from complex biotechnological innovations to simple mechanical inventions, is also a plus.
Clients who educate themselves on legal issues are better prepared and able to assist in our representation.
Yes, but the firm does not recommend that clients write and file their own patent applications unless they have had prior experience doing so.
LuAnn Cserr is a results-oriented, hands-on professional with a successful record of accomplishments. She has major expertise in opinion work, patent preparation and prosecution, developing strategic objectives that accomplish clients needs and conceptualizing and evaluating scenarios to recommend sound business decisions. She has a thorough knowledge of U.S. intellectual property law and is experienced in world-wide patents, trade secrets, trademarks, licensing and litigation. She has proven ability to counsel clients on IP issues, and to establish and maintain candid and trusting work relationships. She is the former Director of Intellectual Property at Brown University and has held patent counsel positions with Cooley Godward LLP in Palo Alto, Genetics Institute Inc. in Cambridge, and Flehr Hohbach LLP in San Francisco. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeal, Ninth and Federal Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for Northern, Eastern and Southern California, and the United States Supreme Court. She was a Pupil of Mark Platts-Mills Q.C., 8 New Square, Lincoln's Inn, London, a Law Clerk of the Honorable Frederick J. Woelflen and an Extern of the Honorable Spencer Williams, both of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
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