Cougar Patent Law provides many types of services, advice, and support in patent and related law areas. What sets us apart is our approach to and philosophy of working with a client We focus on integrating patent and policy strategies to support and enhance the business purposes of our clients. To achieve this goal, we become familiar with our clients' business goals, business plan and development stage, then together with the client, we prioritize action items and agree on form of work product to fit needs and budget. As projects progress, client feedback is sought. An advantage of being a small firm, we respond promptly to communications and keep you informed of interim progress and results on projects. It is a partnership style of work.
We are available to work with you on a continuing basis or for one-off projects. For each project and decision point, we ensure that options are presented to you along with their advantages and disadvantages for your business strategy, in order that you are able to make an informed decision. Most projects are performed on a quoted fee or fixed fee basis, allowing for better budgeting, eliminating unexpected charges. With a quote, we provide a detailed description of project scope and deliverables, based on discussions with you, helping to ensure that you obtain pertinent and valuable results.
In particular, you may desire support in one or more of the following areas of our experience:
determining and understanding the patent landscape in your technology area and advising on using this information to capitalize on your position;
freedom-to-operate analyses to identify patents that may need to be licensed or designed around;
patent searches for prior art, potential infringers, and competitive positions;
patent procurement, including writing patent applications and subsequent patent prosecution in the U.S. and other countries worldwide;
contract drafting and advising on contracts, such as patent licenses, material transfer agreements, and confidentiality disclosures;
counseling and educating in all aspects of patents and patent strategy; and
extensive expertise in international aspects of patent law.
Client counseling is usually the most important activity. Counseling encompasses providing general advice on patent strategy, raising awareness of the issues faced, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of alternative approaches, educating on patent procedures, and ensuring that the client has the information necessary to make informed decisions.
We are comfortable working in any area of biotechnology. The scientific career of Carol Nottenburg, PhD - principal of Cougar Patent Law - has spanned several health-related areas (see c.v. and biography). Agricultural biotechnology is another area in which we have extensive experience. The technologies of clients cover a wide breadth of biology, including medical devices, genomics, diagnostic assays, vaccines, stem cells, plant biotechnology, to chemistry and the occasional widget.
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