Although we are located in Lexington, Kentucky, Stockwell & Smedley represents clients throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. We offer legal advice to clients in a variety of intellectual property matters including Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, & Franchises.
At Stockwell & Smedley, you can expect assistance from highly skilled attorneys in all aspects of intellectual property including: The appropriateness of their choice, clearance searches for conflicting patents or trademarks, licensing and agreements, properly filing documents & applications, and maintenance of patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
With our experience, you will never have to worry about your legal representation; we will always have you covered. If you need an IP lawyer, please Contact Us Today.
A Patent is the grant of a property right to the inventor
issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, or USPTO.
There are three distict types of patents:
- 1.) Utility Patents: Invention or Discovery of a useful machine, manufacturing process, composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.
- 2.) Design Patents: Invention of a new, original, and ornamental design/favicon for an article of manufacture.
- 3.) Plant Patents: Granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distict and new variety of plant.
Patents typically last 20 years from the date that the application was filed. During that time, your invention is publicly known as your property. Having a patent issued by the USPTO does not grant "the right to make, use, offer for sale, sell or import", but instead gives you "the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, selling or importing the invention."
However, the USPTO does not enforce patents; it only issues them.
It is the patentee's or owner's responsibility to actually enforce it.
In order to protect your patent, you will need legal support to stand by your side.
Stockwell & Smedley has years of experience in Patent Law and we stand firmly with our clients through every step of the process. If you think you may be eligible for a patent, please Contact Us Today.