The chemical arts broadly include organic and inorganic compounds of any size and shape. From small molecule pharmaceutics to long-chained polymers, chemical patents can cover the chemical structure, itself, as well as methods of making and using chemical compounds. Applications of this technology span many industries and applications, such as the food industry (e.g., additives and preservatives), materials chemistry (e.g., coatings, alloys, plastics, cement, concrete, ceramics, biodegradable polymers, etc.), chemicals applied in micro- and nano-technology spaces, and catalysts (e.g., heavy oil upgrading). Our patent practitioners servicing this area have academic and industry experience in the chemical arts and are formally trained—and often hold advanced degrees—in chemistry, material science, pharmacology, chemical engineering, biochemistry, and polymer science.
Computer and electrical engineering inventions push the boundaries of what we can do with electronics. From robots to radars, computer and electrical engineering covers a wide range of electronic applications. Your cell phone keeps getting thinner, lighter, and faster thanks to advances within this field. You can even thank the engineers and inventors in this field for navigation systems and wireless internet. Computer and electrical engineering is a fast-paced, exciting field and a hot spot where intellectual property protection is vital. Our patent practitioners servicing this area have academic and industry experience in electrical engineering, electronic engineering, computer engineering, and material science.
Surgical instruments and diagnostic equipment fall within the broad category of medical devices. Exemplary medical devices include catheters, endoscopes, stents, valves, and imaging equipment but extend far beyond these few examples. When you have surgery or even when sitting in the dentist’s chair, medical devices surround you. Innovations in this field enable more accurate diagnoses, better tools for intervention or preventative procedures, and faster patient recovery times. Our patent practitioners servicing this area come from a variety of backgrounds but usually have academic or industry experience in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, material science, electrical engineering, or a hybrid of the life sciences and engineering.
At its core, software is a set of computer-implemented instructions. But it’s more than that. Software determines how we interface with computers and determines what we can make computers do. Societies around the world are more heavily relying on computers to do everything from running and monitoring complex transportation networks to entertaining people in their leisure time. Advances in software are a staple to growth, efficiency, and automation. If you’re running SaaS on the cloud, developing a mobile app, or improving a desktop application, software is the name of your game. Our patent practitioners servicing this technical area have academic and industry experience in computer science, software engineering, and mathematics.
Inventors in the field of physics make the unbelievable a reality. From microscopes that allow us to view objects on the atomic scale to photonic laser thrusters that can power interplanetary travel, physics is at the core of many innovations. Physics also includes innovations in electromagnetics, which allow bullet trains to float and bring invisibility cloaks from science fiction to reality. Our patent practitioners servicing this area have formal academic training in applied and theoretical physics, mathematics, advanced electromagnetics, optics, material science, aerospace engineering, nuclear engineering, and mechanical engineering.
Biotechnology generally refers to the application of science and technology to living organisms (or parts thereof). It concerns the application of cellular and molecular biology to understand and manipulate living or biological material at the molecular level. Many biotechnology inventions represent breakthroughs that can cover a wide range of fields, such as health, food, energy, and the environment. With such broad coverage, inventions in biotechnology can include DNA sequencing machines, mutant microbes for vaccine treatments or bioremediation, and even genetic analyses for identifying and treating disease states in humans. Our patent practitioners servicing biotechnology inventions have academic training—and often hold advanced degrees—in the life sciences and engineering (e.g., genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, biological engineering, biomedical engineering, microbiology, and immunology).
The mechanical field is wide ranging and includes such diverse technical areas as fluid mechanics, heat transfer, machine design, and thermodynamics, to name just a few. The technologies embraced by the mechanical field are correspondingly numerous and include, for example, manufacturing processes, manufacturing equipment, transmissions and gear trains, all nature of mechanical devices, and almost any device with moving parts. This technological area is typically serviced by our patent practitioners with formal training in mechanical engineering, many of whom have industry experience designing and manufacturing complex machines.