Patents

PatentsA United States patent grants to its owner the right, for a limited time, to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale or selling within the United States, or importing into the United States, the patented invention. Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent, subject to the U.S. Patent Laws. The legal basis for the American patent system is found in the United States Constitution, which provides that:

"Congress shall have the power...To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."
U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Paragraph 8.

Charlotte, North Carolina Patent Attorney

Ashley Law Firm P.C. assists a broad range of clients, ranging from individual inventors to new business start-ups to established companies, in obtaining patent protection for their inventions. Mr. Ashley has experience in a variety of technologies including chemical, mechanical, biotechnology, medical devices, textiles, furniture, consumer products and business methods.

Ashley Law Firm P.C. assists a broad range of clients, ranging from individual inventors to new business start-ups to established companies, in obtaining patent protection for their inventions. Mr. Ashley has experience in a variety of technologies including chemical, mechanical, biotechnology, medical devices, textiles, furniture, consumer products and business methods.

Patent law is complex and requires the skills of an attorney who has an understanding of technology and a comprehensive knowledge of patent law. Contact Stephen Ashley for an immediate consultation to protect your rights in your invention.

A patent application is considered by many in the legal field to be the most challenging and difficult legal document to draft. The application must be prepared in compliance with U.S. Patent Laws and the many rules and regulations of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In addition, it is critical that the application be strategically drafted to maximize the scope of protection afforded by the patent and to withstand challenges to its validity by infringers in litigation.

Stephen Ashley is an experienced patent attorney who can provide you with service at every stage of the patent process, from preparation of the patent application to responding to office actions by the patent examiner to obtaining the issued patent. Contact Patent Attorney Stephen Ashley for an initial consultation.

Patent Applications
Whether you have a product you have not yet made or marketed, or you are interested in patenting a product for an existing business, Ashley Law Firm P.C. can help you protect your invention. Ashley Law Firm P.C. prepares and files all types of patent applications- utility patent applications, both provisional and non-provisional, design patent applications and plant patent applications.

Patent Searches and Opinions
Ashley Law Firm P.C. can perform a patentability search to determine whether your invention is patentable. In addition, Ashley Law Firm P.C. provides legal opinions regarding infringement, validity and enforceability of a particular patent. As such, if you are a patent owner and believe that a competitor's product or process may be infringing your patent, Ashley Law Firm P.C. can provide a professional opinion as to whether the product or process in question constitutes infringement. Likewise, if you are concerned about the possibility of infringing the patent of another, Ashley Law Firm P.C. can provide the necessary analysis to determine whether the patent is valid and enforceable, and if so, whether the patent is infringed. Ashley Law Firm P.C. can also assist you in legally designing around patents.

Patent Enforcement
If someone infringes on your patent, it is imperative that your patent hold up in court. In patent infringement litigation, the accused infringer often attempts to avoid liability for infringement by asserting a narrow interpretation of the patent and challenging the validity and enforceability of the patent. As a patent attorney with years of experience in both drafting patent applications and handling patent infringement lawsuits, Stephen Ashley is uniquely qualified to obtain patent protection that can withstand attack in litigation.

Patent Litigation
In the event of litigation, Stephen Ashley is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of North Carolina, the Middle District of North Carolina, the Southern District of Mississippi, the Northern District of Mississippi, the District of Colorado and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has jurisdiction over all appeals in patent cases. Mr. Ashley is an aggressive advocate on behalf of individuals and businesses facing litigation regarding patent infringement and enforcement of patent rights.

Licensing Agreements
A patent license agreement is a contract, in which the patent owner agrees to allow another to make, use and sell the patented product or process, in return for a royalty or other form of compensation. Many individual inventors do not have the means or ability to manufacture and sell their patented invention, and therefore seek to license the patent to a company interested in selling the invention. In addition, businesses often seek profitable licensing arrangements with other businesses. Stephen Ashley is experienced in drafting patent license agreements, and can represent you in licensing negotiations.

Contact Ashley Law Firm P.C. to speak with an experienced intellectual property lawyer regarding patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, licensing agreements, infringement litigation and other related intellectual property matters.