Nath, Goldberg & Meyer employs Patent Attorneys who specialize in either Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology or in Chemical, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering matters; Trademark Attorneys; Attorneys who practice as outside Transactional Attorneys as well as General Counsel for domestic and international clients.
- Transactional and General Counsel Attorneys act as Transactional Attorneys and outside general counsel to private small and mid-sized domestic and international companies who require corporate transactional work as well as need a part-time General Counsel. These Attorneys provide general corporate transactional services to businesses with emphasis on development of intellectual property assets, corporate governance, trademark prosecution and enforcement, licensing, drafting and negotiating agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and international transactions and structure.
- Trademark Attorneys act as a legal counsel for trademark matters. Trademark Attorneys represent clients regarding availability, protection, enforcement and licensing of trademarks. Trademark Attorneys team with others on trademark enforcement matters including dispute resolution, administrative actions and litigations around the world. They conduct trademark searches and render availability opinions. They also counsel clients on all aspects of trademark practice.
- Patent Attorneys are attorneys who are licensed to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction; have a technical background; and are licensed by the USPTO as having the requisite knowledge of patent laws and rules and USPTO practice and procedure to specialize in this area of law. All Patent Attorneys are IP Attorneys (i.e., Intellectual Property Attorneys) but not many IP Attorneys are Patent Attorneys.
- The USPTO maintains a register of attorneys and agents. To be admitted to this register, a person must comply with the regulations prescribed by the Office, which require a showing that the person is of good moral character and of good repute and that he/she has the legal, and scientific and technical qualifications necessary to render applicants for patents a valuable service. Certain of these qualifications must be demonstrated by the passing of an examination. Those admitted to the examination must have a college degree in engineering or physical science or the equivalent of such a degree.
The USPTO registers both attorneys at law and persons who are not attorneys at law. The former persons are now referred to as patent attorneys and the latter persons are referred to as patent agents. Both patent attorneys and patent agents are permitted to prepare an application for a patent and conduct the prosecution in the USPTO. Patent agents, however, cannot conduct patent litigation in the courts or perform various services which the local jurisdiction considers as practicing law. For example, a patent agent could not draw up a contract relating to a patent, such as an assignment or a license, if the state in which he/she resides considers drafting contracts as practicing law.
When employing one of our patent attorneys or agents, the inventor generally must execute a power of attorney or authorization of agent, which must be filed in the USPTO and usually becomes part of the application papers. When a registered attorney or agent has been appointed, the Office does not communicate with the inventor directly but conducts the correspondence with the attorney or agent since he/she is acting for the inventor thereafter although the inventor is free to contract the USPTO concerning the status of his/her application.
- Patent Agents prepare, draft and prosecute applications for patents in the United States as well as prepare opinions, such as patentability, infringement, validity and freedom to operate opinions. Patent agents make use of their scientific and engineering training within a business and legal framework. Qualified Patent Agents are registered with the USPTO.
- Technical Advisors are scientifically trained to assist our attorneys and patent agents in the application process by conducting patent searching and other technical advisory services. Technical Advisors interact with inventors regarding new disclosures. Qualified Technical Advisors have a B.S., M.S., or PhD in a technical discipline such as: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering.
- Paralegals assist the attorneys and patent agents with all aspects of U.S. and international prosecution practice. Individuals applying for Paralegal positions must be extremely organized, detail-oriented and have demonstrated interest in trademark, patent and IP law. Strong written and oral communications skills and the ability to work in a team environment are required. Experience with online filings, maintenance, docketing and routine client correspondence is helpful, but not a requirement.