The world of IP services is rapidly changing. Managing patent portfolios takes a lot of time and effort, and it necessitates current and in-depth understanding of legal and administrative requirements.
Staff management and review, as well as the necessary knowledge, are both expensive and complicated. Despite this, the constant push to cut costs clashes with the resources required to handle IP efficiently and properly.
By leveraging deep domain knowledge, highly experienced employees, and cutting-edge technological solutions, MCRPL may be able to help standardise processes to improve efficiency or take over the entire administrative process of filing and prosecution, freeing up your internal IP team to focus on strategic IP work.
Team with expertise at all leading tools used for docketing to maintain the client docketing system
MCRPL’s expert paralegal support services, flawlessly manage your patent docketing process throughout the prosecution cycle, thereby ensuring that not a single deadline is missed. We have effective patent portfolio management tools and teams to help maintain and take necessary actions to meet deadlines pertaining to a patent application.
Our extensive experience, tech-enabled processes, and commitment to quality ensure prompt and accurate review and docketing of all internal and external communication from PTOs, outside counsel, foreign associates and clients at all sages of the prosecution
4-eye review is done by the senior reviewer to check the cases processed by analysts are accurately done
Maintain 24-hour turnaround for routine docketing tasks
Periodic reports and deadline reminders
At MCRPL, we have a team of paralegals who is specialized in providing docketing services to various clients worldwide. The team has expertise at all leading tools used for docketing such as Patricia, Memotech, Anaqua, PATTSY, Symphony, etc.
We prepare patent filing packages that help our customers align their filing to achieve their quality.
Our team, which includes Patent Agents and Patent Attorneys, are authorized to file patent applications before the Indian Patent Office (IPO) and has extensive experience in filing and prosecuting patent applications in India. As part of these patent prosecutions, we have responded to several examination reports issued by the Indian Patent Office. Our experience has also helped us in thoroughly understanding the Patent Act and the nuances involved in prosecuting patent applications in India.
Our team also has expertise to prepare filing packages for USPTO, EPO, WIPO and support filing.
We undertake a thorough search of the TM directory at MCPRL, prepare an authorization letter so that we can submit for trademark registration on` your behalf.
Our specialists will assist you in determining the classes you should enroll in.
We fill out forms and submit them to the Registrar, and we keep you updated throughout the registration procedure.
Throughout the procedure, you will receive the greatest possible assistance and have all of your questions answered.
MCRPL supports clients in preparing filing packages and filing of forms:
We provide a detailed report comparing our timeline to the USPTO’s official calculation
MCRPL’s Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) service enables you to easily estimate and extend the term of a US patent by accommodating for the delays caused by the US patent office (USPTO) during the prosecution of a US patent application.
Patent term adjustment (PTA) is a process carried out by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that awards day-for-day credits to the normal twenty year term from filing of a patent application based on delays in prosecution at the USPTO
Importance of Patent Term Calculations
The term of a patent is important in that it provides the specified period for infringement. In general, for the term of a patent, whoever without authority makes, uses, offers to sell or sells the patented invention, within the United States, or imports into the United States any patented invention during the term is an infringer of the patent and may be subject to monetary damages, injunction and other forms of legal relief
A delay = PTO delays in responding
B delay = Pendency after 3 years
C delay = Delay due to interference, appeal, secrecy orders
Any overlap between A, B, or C delays
Applicant’s failure to engage in reasonable efforts to conclude examination
A delay + B delay + C delay – Overlapping delays – Applicant Delay
Timely and accurate tracking of prior art references cited across all the family members at minimal costs
While prosecuting patent applications in the US, it is the duty of the inventor, applicant, or attorney representing the applicant to notify all the known prior art references that are known up to the date of patent issuance, before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in a specified format, known as the Information Disclosure Statement (IDS). The said prior-art references include patents and non-patent references that are material to patentability of the claimed through the respective application.
At MCRPL, we prepare accurate and easy to follow citation matrix allowing easy tracking of all family members and references cited across all the family members from all possible sources. We also prepare ready to file IDS which complies with the format prescribed by the USPTO, saving your precious time.
Group all the applications from the family (US and non-US)
There are multiple sources for such prior art, such as – a search report on a patent family member (e.g. International Search Report by WIPO); references cited by Examiner in an Office Action of a family member, etc.
Members of the family include published patent applications, US patents, and foreign references, as well as other documents
Track for OA for the family applications to extract the cited references
Reliable and easy procedure to undertake IP recordals with the utmost diligence.
During examination of a pending patent application or after the patent is granted, the owner of the patent may change: 1) the original owner may transfer ownership to another entity or party, through an “assignment;” or 2) the original owner may retain ownership but change its name. The original owner should record the assignment or name change with the USPTO’s Assignment Recordation Branch by filing a Recordation Cover Sheet along with a copy of the actual assignment or proof of name change.
Rights are not enforceable by assignee without a recorded assignment. Recordation of an assignment provides a presumption of validity of the assignment
Verify the agreement/deed signed by both conveying and receiving parties
Separate the patent/ application number accordingly
Group all the patents by family for the assignments to be recorded and verify the chain of title
File the recordation in EPAS Once the recordation is done, Patent Assignment Coversheet is generated from EPAS
Confirm Notice of Recordation to client
Performed by our skilled paralegals and overseen by our in-house attorneys.
At MCRPL, our experienced paralegals carefully proofread every page of the patent, to identify all the errors and omissions, including claims, specification, grammatical errors, and document formatting as per PTO standard.
When necessary, request forms for Certificates of Correction are generate and files on behalf of the applicant.
It is prudent to validate data for patents being acquired whenever there is a transfer of patent assets through a merger, acquisition, or patent sale, for example, examining the ownership details and ownership history, the maintenance fees paid, patent family details, bibliographic details, and so on. Additionally, the patent ownership must be changed, which necessitates the preparation of required forms to be filed with PTOs. This is a time-consuming activity that, when faced with tight constraints, becomes unmanageable for organisations and law firms with a small number of paralegals juggling several tasks.
Our paralegal team assists these clients with their data verification requirements. The crew is well-versed in the various needs of many jurisdictions and is capable of delivering high-quality products under tight deadlines. The team is well-versed in regional regulations and can assist with Assignment and IP recordal help in a number of jurisdictions across the world.
Get all of the information we need from the client about the project we are working on
Continue the process as agreed upon with the client
The account manager performs an sample/random audit of forms prepared
All the projects done are reviewed by the dedicated quality reviewer. 100% quality check is performed