For more than two decades, attorney Patricia Costanzo has provided skilled legal representation to entrepreneurs and inventors seeking patent and trademark rights. She is committed to protecting the hard work and intellectual property of these innovators. The solutions and strategies she offers are customized to the specific needs of each client and his or her creative process.
Before becoming a solo practitioner in 2002, Ms. Costanzo served as a patent application examiner. Her experience in the patent petition review process now equips her to craft applications that are tailored to the specifics of the idea and engineered for success, covering all details and nuances that could make or break an application. She represents individuals and businesses throughout New York, as well as foreign innovators and attorneys.
Many entrepreneurs and inventors reach out to the firm in the early stages of the patent process. She can assist in protecting your invention or innovation by:
- Answering questions regarding the eligibility of the design for patent or trademark
- Conducting a prior art search to determine if the design or idea is unique
- Seeking provisional patent or patent pending status to protect the innovation
- Registering a domain name or Web presence
- Assisting in clay mineralogy patents
In 2011 the United States Congress rewrote many important parts of our patent law, the most important being the change from "First to Invent" to "First to File" as the determinant as to who has the right to secure a patent. These changes were said to be made to bring the U.S. into step with the rest of the patent world and to make the work of the United States Patent and Trademark Office more efficient. But what will the reality be and how will these changes affect small businesses and independent inventors?
Call attorney Patricia Costanzo today at 716-616-3963 to discuss how you might be affected, as well as the options you have to protect your intellectual property.