When it comes to protecting your idea, a good patent attorney can be invaluable. But what should you look for in your counsel? A few key elements are essential:

  1. Experience. Getting a patent issued is a road fraught with unforeseen obstacles. Hiring someone who has the experience to navigate these challenges is key. 
  1. Command of the written word. Before you hire an attorney, ask to read some of the attorney’s patent applications. Do you understand them? If you don’t, it’s unlikely that a judge, jury, or potential licensee will either. 
  1. Litigation experience. Defending intellectual property ownership is, in essence, a war of words. Hire the attorney who is best equipped to handle a defense if you need it.