NGM is committed to providing our clients with qualified personnel who have outstanding capabilities, technical expertise, and a unique approach to deliver the work product specified.
NGM provides the full range of search services required by our clients. NGM has the capability to search and render opinions regarding patentability, infringement, freedom to operate, validity, worldwide filing strategy, portfolio maintenance strategy, and intellectual property valuation. Our search capability is strengthened by use of former USPTO Examiners and other personnel trained with the requisite search skills, involving both hard copy searching and electronic searching means.
DOMESTIC PROSECUTION SERVICES
NGM provides the full range of domestic prosecution services required by our clients. NGM has significant prior experience performing domestic prosecution patent services on behalf of universities and other non-profit organizations, as well as other public and private sector organizations ranging from start-ups to the largest biotechnology companies in the world. We have a proven track record of providing high quality, cost effective, and licensable granted patents. We are committed to use our experience and work ethic for our clients.
We are uniquely able to customize our internal policies and procedures to meet the needs of our clients. We are prepared to customize internal NGM docketing, reporting, and work flow processes for handling domestic prosecution services according to the requirements specified by our clients. In particular, once the scope of subject matter protection has been agreed upon with our client, NGM prepares and prosecutes provisional, non-provisional, and design patent applications, as well as trademark applications, in order to fully protect our client's intellectual property rights.
NGM has an existing infrastructure to ensure that all work ordered by its clients is monitored, completed, and delivered within the time limits set by the client. NGM is also prepared to tailor its services to accommodate the specific needs of individual clients.
To ensure that our clients receive communications in a timely manner from the USPTO and foreign associate counsel, we use our existing centralized mail and computerized docketing system so that all correspondence is reported to the client within 10 business days. When not limited by shorter deadlines, our docket management system enables NGM to prepare and forward draft documents to our clients for review at least 10 business days before any applicable deadline, in order to avoid extensions of time not authorized by the client.
FOREIGN PATENT PROSECUTION
NGM provides the full range of foreign patent prosecution services required by the client. Since its formation, NGM has initiated patent filings in over 116 countries, using multiple foreign associate counsel per country. In the past twenty-four months, NGM has filed hundreds of foreign patent applications worldwide.
Our capabilities for conducting foreign patent prosecution are strengthened by our extensive experience and technical expertise in managing worldwide patent portfolios. Representatives of NGM routinely visit foreign associate counsel to evaluate their present capabilities for handling the various technologies that are being forwarded to them and attend international conferences as a means of identifying alternate foreign associate counsel. The procedures that we employ in selecting foreign associate counsel for handling patent prosecution related services for our clients includes checking for conflict of interest, maximizing technical competence for the technology, assuring confidentiality, and fully complying with all client policies and procedures.
LICENSING CONSULTATION AND PORTFOLIO EVALUATION
NGM has significant experience evaluating and negotiating all business aspects of licensing agreements. Our personnel have provided assistance and legal advise in hundreds of licensing matters. We have also advised clients on the determination of royalty rates appropriate for the technology to be licensed and have negotiated and drafted licensing agreements with actual and projected values from a few thousand dollars to more than $450,000,000.
In addition to drafting and negotiating license agreements, several members of our firm routinely lecture industrial professionals, technology managers, and graduate business school students in licensing and valuation matters. NGM routinely assists in the formation and management of start-up technology companies, which heavily rely upon the technologies they patent and license. Due to our diverse client base and industrial contacts, NGM is uniquely positioned to assist our clients in identifying potential licensees and evaluating their capability to commercialize our clients' technologies.
Washington, D.C. Area Office
112 S. West St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: (703) 548-6284