What to Expect
Bastian and Mike believe that if you have to disclose something, it better be in a claimable way. For that you need substance. For that you need good arguments in the application and high quality drawings, even if that is only because psychology is a part of the process. Hence Bastian and Mike value a detailed patent disclusure comprising mutliple defense lines.
We are committed to drafting patent and utility model applications so that they stand up to scrtutiny in multiple jurisdictions and incur minimum cost for translations and prosecutions, i.e. so that a minimum amount of office actions are required. Both Bastian and Mike have been doing this for many years, their experience totals to over 40 years.That is the default function, we do as the client instructs in every case.
Patents block others, so there may be patents that block you. Hence it is advisable to carry out a freedom-to-operate (FTO) search in parallel to a patent application. This should be repeated 18 months after SOP. Risk mitigation via FTOs can be used not only for your own peace of mind, but also to convince investors to release money for your project.
By asking engineers the right questions, Bastian can identify potentially subject-matter both for an FTO and a patent application.
Bastian has prepared and guided many opposition cases against European Patents up to the Appeal phases. Bastian started writing oppositions when he was still an engineering student in Aachen.