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:
- Experience. Getting a patent issued is a road fraught with unforeseen obstacles. Hiring someone who has the experience to navigate these challenges is key.
- 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.
- 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.