IP LAW LEADERS PLLC

IP LAW LEADERS PLLC

We provide high caliber intellectual property services - patents, trademarks, copyrights & trade secrets - at modest pricing. Call for free consultation with an expert. Ask for our managing partner, Cameron H. Tousi.

Firm Overview

Small/Medium Businesses, Startups and Individuals -

* Welcome! Our firm offers IP legal services to small/medium businesses, startups and independent inventors;
* To be specific, we specialize in patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Please see below for descriptions and pricing;
* As a Nolo provider, our initial consultation for you is free.
* Also, click on the "Firm Specialties" tab for our more complex IP services: analyses/opinions, transactions/contracts and litigation/appeals.
* Don't forget to click on "Videos," which will be informative for you - and see our firm's website below for more information!

Thank you!
Cameron H. Tousi
Managing Partner

Value-Added -

*Despite much lesser costs, our services are comparable to those provided by general practice firms to large businesses.
*We know, because our attorneys were seasoned partners, senior counsel and managers at these firms, who bring advanced degrees and industry expertise in numerous technologies.

Our Differentiators -

* Larger firms provide the legal and technology expertise for good IP protection, but it comes at a high cost due to their high overhead;
--also, because they must seek higher profits, they often fail to provide sufficiently collaborative, user-friendly services for startups and individuals;
* Smaller firms provide affordability, but typically without the greater expertise of larger, general practice firms;
--also, they typically lack sufficient depth in multiple areas of law, really having expertise in only: patent drafting/prosecution, or business transactions, or litigation;
* We perform basic IP services for hundreds of clients throughout the world, handle sophisticated business issues for financing and operations, and represent leading corporations in major complex IP litigation (see "Representative Litigations" on our firm's website);
* Frankly, the result is a much better product: our patents and other IP products hold up to due diligence review by angels, VC's and executives, and licensing/enforcement in the marketplace:
--that's why we're a preferred product for serious inventors, business persons, and those who have been through the IP process before.

For a full list of our legal services, please see: www.iplawleaders.com/practice-areas/. Below is a list of our basic IP services.

Patent Searches -

* Inventors are provided an invention disclosure form;
* In coordination with a patent attorney, written documentation, records, photographs, prototypes, drawings and sketches are prepared;
* Searches of references (i.e., "prior art") are performed in multiple databases to determine if the inventive concept or similar concepts existed before the decision is made to seek patent protection for an invention.

Patent Drafting & Filing -

* Determining the scope of intellectual property coverage via claims, and the relevant contributions to the claims to determine inventorship;
* Determining: the significance of the invention with respect to the state-of-the-art; the date of conception; the existence of licensing encumbrances or litigation; prior or planned oral presentations and publications;
* Preparing a detailed description of the invention and corresponding drawings;
* Drafting a provisional patent application;
* Drafting a non-provisional patent application;
* Drafting a design patent application.

Patent Prosecution (Responding to Office Actions) -

* Review of Office Actions submitted by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including references submitted;
* Preparing and submitting relevant document to the USPTO, including assignments, declarations, and numerous USPTO forms;
* Preparing and submitting responses to USPTO office actions;
* Preparing and submitting appeals to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB);
* Preparing and submitting post grant proceedings, including inter partes reviews and reexaminations.

Trademark Searching, Filing & Prosecution (Responding to Office Actions) -

* Conducting detailed federal and local searches;
* Preparing and submitting trademark applications;
* Trademark searching performed in relevant industry classifications;
* Legal standards for trademark reviewed and analyzed for proposed registration;
* Services include review of Office Actions submitted by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and preparation and submission of arguments regarding trademarkability;
* Monitoring of trademarks services provided;
* Advanced procedures, including appeals for refused marks and oppositions handled on behalf of clients.
Main Office
Main Office
7529 Standish Place
Ste. 103
Rockville  MD  20855
Phone
  • (202) 248-5410
Fax
  • (202) 318-4538
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
Yes
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Patent Search (US and International References): $650.00 ||
Provisional Patent Application: $1765 ||
Design Patent Application: $2370 || Mechanical Utility Patent Application (embodiments up to 8 figures): $4650 || Mechanical (+8 figures): $4655 - $6350 || Electrical/Chemical Utility Patent Application (embodiments up to 8 fig's): $6450 || Electrical/Chemical (+8 fig's): $6455 - $8600 || Software Utility Patent Application (embodiments up to 8 fig's): $7150 || Software (+8 fig's): $7155 - $9600 || Biotech Utility Patent Application (embodiments up to 8 fig's): $9370 || Biotech (+8 fig's): $9375 - $16500
Hourly Rates
*300/hr+; Rates vary depending on attorney's experience and nature of work; most counsel have 2+ decades of experience

Other Offices

IP Law Leaders PLLC (Washington, DC)
1701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Ste. 300
Washington,  DC  20006
IP Law Leaders PLLC (Silicon Valley)
4 Embarcadero Center
Ste. 1400
San Francisco,  CA  94111
IP Law Leaders PLLC (Dulles Technology Corridor)
1818 Library Street
Ste. 500
Reston,  VA  20190
Patents
Complex Patent and Related IP Services - Analyses, Opinions, Licensing and Litigation
About Us -

* IPLL is a technology and intellectual property boutique law firm.
* We offer seasoned partners and senior counselors, with decades of big firm experience, who bring degrees and industry expertise in numerous technologies.
* In addition to the highest caliber of services, we offer flexible pricing, and a team-driven environment fostering collaboration and innovation, and we're easy to talk to!

Contact -

Please contact Cameron H. Tousi, Managing Partner, at 202-248-5410 or at cameron@iplawleaders.com. We offer a free consultation. To learn more, visit our website at www.iplawleaders.com.

For a full list of our legal services, please see: www.iplawleaders.com/practice-areas/. Below area few examples.

IP Litigation Services -

* Our counsel include leading national litigators well versed in complex litigation for patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets;
* Since the cost of IP litigation can be quite high, we offer several different fee structure arrangements; our billing structures include discounted rates, capped monthly billing, hybrid fixed fee/contingency billing and straight contingency billing.
* Our IP litigation practice has expertise in a variety of venues, including the district courts handling the highest volumes of IP cases, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Infringement Analysis -

* Review and analysis of market segments, competitor landscape, and competing products;
* Competing products and designs are compared to client patent claims;
* Patent specifications and prosecution histories are legally analyzed to set proper meanings of claim terms, and establish the likelihood and strength of infringement by competitors;
* Clients receiving cease-and-desist letters receive similar services, to determine the likelihood and strength of potential infringement by their own products;
* Infringement legal opinions are prepared, and may be admissible as evidence in the event of lawsuits to establish that infringement was not willful to reduce damages;
* Negotiations are conducted toward exclusive and non-exclusive licensing by firm counsel.

Freedom-to-Operate (FTO) Analysis and Opinions -

* Startups and growth enterprises desiring to enter new markets should make sure their new, envisioned products and product designs are not risking the infringement of other companies' patents;
* FTO analysis includes detailed searching and review of patents and published applications in the envisioned/new product space, analysis of the results for clients;
* As investment sources often require IP due diligence, in addition to analysis, we issue FTO legal opinions, and provide communications/ counseling to facilitate deals;
* FTO legal opinions may also be admissible as evidence in the event of lawsuits to establish that infringement was not willful to reduce damages.

Design-Around Services -

* Services used by clients during the developmental phase of a product, and typically follow FTO analysis and opinions;
* Patent attorney works closely with the development company's engineers to "design around' existing patents to prevent potential product infringement;
* Services are especially valuable before major capital expenditures and product development take place.

Portfolio Management Services -

* For pioneering firms in a technology area, and larger players, we offer the management of patent and trademark portfolios;
* Service includes maintaining and ensuring compliance with priority dates;
* Docketing conducted for all date driven filing, licensing and litigation events;
* Proper scope and qualitative protection between different IP families is analyzed and ensured;
* Patent families and corresponding relationships are reported to clients in a business friendly manner.

Patent and Trademark Brokerage Services -

* For clients seeking to monetize their own intellectual property (IP), or to acquire IP as defense against competitors, we offerthe-- sophisticated services and industry relationships to achieve their high goals;
* Sales proceeds, royalties and settlements are garnered through sales, brokerage, non-exclusive licensing and enforcement of patent and trademark portfolios;
* Buyers, licensees, investors and interested third parties are identified and contacted through our vast network of industry contacts;
* Analysis is performed to locate evidence of infringement, identify potential licensees/defendants, and prepare exhibits documenting potential infringement by competitors and third parties;
* Summaries are generated of estimated royalties and/or damages;
* Negotiations are conducted with third parties and lenders for profit realization;
* Consulting services are rendered in the determination, management and oversight of litigation enforcement actions;
* Negotiations are conducted with institutional lenders, hedge funds and other investment sources for offensive licensing and litigation.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

IP Law Leaders is a leader in protecting intellectual property for startups and individual inventors. The combined experience of our registered patent and trademark attorneys numbers hundreds of years and thousands of cases. Our attorneys and consultants include former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examiners, high tech engineers and biotech scientists. We offer a broad range of technical expertise, from simple electro-mechanical to the most sophisticated software and chemical applications. Our firm philosophy is quite simple. Protect our client's intellectual property efficiently, effectively, and exceptionally.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Why choose our firm?

In addition to our value based pricing and our breadth of IP technology experience, we offer not only IP drafting, filing and prosecution services, but more complex services: analyses/opinions, transactions/contracts and litigation/appeals.

This distinction is critical. Smaller, boutique firms like our's, which are affordable for small business, can typically only credibly provide good work product for IP drafting/filing/prosecution, or corporate/transactions, or litigation/appeals, but not a combination. This has much to do with the compartmentalized training of attorneys, and pricing differential between legal practice areas, which frankly are much more easily handled by high-priced, general practice firms.

And why is having both core IP work and more complex services, like litigation, available from the same boutique firm important to you, as the client? Take patent services as an example. It is one thing for a firm to handle the searching, drafting, filing of a patent application, and prosecution (i.e., working with the USPTO to get the patent allowed). It's another, however, for the patent to hold up to the due diligence of sophisticated investment firms when seeking funding, or that of major corporations when selling/licensing IP assets, or to the enforceability of the patent in the judicial system.

Recent statistics indicate over 46% of issued patents are invalidated when contested in the court system. What that means is that the value of your patent does not depend solely on having it issued by the USPTO, but also being able to enforce ownership rights, or proving enforcement value to investors and business partners. Trying to protect your IP with a weak patent may actually devalue your property.

Would that entrepreneurs and small business were better made aware of these facts! That's why we say that our best client is one who has been through the IP process with another firm before us, and experienced the valleys as well as the peaks.

What are your firm's strengths and style?

Based on the above facts, here is our value proposition.

By virtue of our design as a firm, and our interest as entrepreneurial counsel, we provide collaboration between attorneys with multiple legal backgrounds, and foster deeper breadth of experience for our attorneys. That means that the attorneys prosecuting your patents and trademarks are either also thoroughly skilled in licensing and litigation, or the team drafting/reviewing the work product is offering these skill sets.

When our attorneys are drafting the claims for your patent application, they are considering the ramifications for both the patent examiner's review and the enforcement capability and ultimate value of the issued patent. We believe this provides our clients immeasurable value.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Our services are specialized in IP, because our attorneys have practiced in the IP field for decades. Our counsel hold graduate degrees from leading institutions, have practiced in both the high technologies and the life sciences industries as engineers and scientists, and have served in key governmental positions such as patent examination. We do IP, and do it very well!

Andrew C. Aitken

Andrew C. Aitken is a skilled lawyer who brings some 25 years of experience in procurement, prosecution and licensing of intellectual property matters. He also has an extensive track record of successfully litigating intellectual property and other commercial disputes throughout the country . . .

For more, please see our bios: http://www.iplawleaders.com/people/

Kasey Christie

Kasey Christie has been practicing law for over 17 years with law firms in the Pacific Northwest. His expertise is assisted by having served as chief intellectual property (IP) counsel for companies and in professional practice. . .

For more, please see our bios: http://www.iplawleaders.com/people/

Raymond J. Ho

Raymond J. Ho has more than fifteen years of experience in multiple venues of intellectual property (IP). He has served as IP litigation counsel for numerous international clients. His areas of experience also include strategizing and developing portfolios for an international client base. . .

For more, please see our bios: http://www.iplawleaders.com/people/

Daniel J. Eisenberg

Daniel J. Eisenberg (Dan) is an experienced registered patent attorney, having drafted numerous patent applications in the mechanical, Internet and business methods fields. Mr. Eisenberg is also well versed in trademark and copyright practice. . .

For more, please see our bios: http://www.iplawleaders.com/people/

Heain Lee

Ms. Lee's experience is principally in the area of complex and intellectual property counseling, litigation, and licensing. In enforcement and defense actions, she attends to all aspects of discovery and motions practice, including drafting motions and briefs, preparing and responding to discovery . . .

For more, please see our bios: http://www.iplawleaders.com/people/

Michael Liu

Mr. Liu's experience includes having served as general counsel for leading global technology corporations, and lead outside counsel for principal engagements. Mr. Liu's substantive legal experience includes business transactions, corporate governance and high stakes technology . . .

For more, please see our bios: http://www.iplawleaders.com/people/

Jeffrey M. McQuiston

Jeffrey McQuiston is a registered Patent Agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and has worked closely with inventors in drafting patent applications in the chemical, biochemical, biotechnology, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical fields. . .

For more, please see our bios: http://www.iplawleaders.com/people/

Bryan E. Repetto

Bryan E. Repetto represents clients in the areas of intellectual property, healthcare law, business law, and business and intellectual property transactions. While representing clients across diverse industries, Mr. Repetto's patent practice has particular focus in the areas of life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare. . .

For more, please see our bios: http://www.iplawleaders.com/people/

Emmanuel Rivera

Emmanuel Rivera has been practicing law for over 16 years with national firms based in the Pacific Northwest, Silicon Valley, and Austin. Mr. Rivera has worked with and represented numerous high technology
corporations, including Intel, Microsoft, Amazon, Hewlett-Packard . . .

For more, please see our bios: http://www.iplawleaders.com/people/

Christopher P. Rogers

Chris has 20 years of patent experience. Most of his patent experience has been in the role of in-house counsel in big pharma (GSK, Abbott Labs and ALZA/J&J) having responsibility for worldwide patent portfolios covering commercially successful drugs and medical devices. . .

For more, please see our bios: http://www.iplawleaders.com/people/

Cameron H. Tousi

Cameron H. Tousi, the firm's managing partner, has broad intellectual property (IP) and business transactions legal experience, and counsels the world's leading companies on their most sophisticated issues. He provides clients over 20 years of breadth and diversity in industry experience. . .

For more, please see our bios: http://www.iplawleaders.com/people/

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