Patent Prosecution

A strong patent portfolio is often the most critical asset for emerging and established businesses. Clients rely on Sheridan Ross’ experienced and innovative professionals to develop comprehensive protection strategies for their intellectual assets. Our attorneys and technical specialists have in-depth knowledge across a range of industries, yet regardless of industry, our counsel is rooted in the day-to-day business decisions our clients face.

Our clients are individual inventors, small startup companies, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies throughout the world and across a spectrum of technologies and industries. They rely on us to develop, register and protect their patent rights, often as part of an all-inclusive approach to managing their intellectual property portfolios.

Our patent lawyers and agents address all facets of IP rights. We assess opportunities, evaluate options, and give our clients the information they need to make informed and knowledgeable decisions about their intellectual assets. With decades of patent prosecution experience, we are as skilled at handling patents domestically with the USPTO as we are at pursuing worldwide patent protection. Indeed, we routinely handle patent prosecution matters, oppositions, and appeals both in the United States and in foreign jurisdictions. Our firm is annually ranked among the top law firms based on the number of patent filings, and our peers consistently recognize our professionals for the quality of their work.

Our clients benefit from our patent team’s diverse technical background in fields ranging from chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering to biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and biochemistry, and from mathematics and physics to business methods and computer science. Many of our professionals hold advanced degrees in their respective fields, and most have experience working in technical industries before joining our firm—allowing them to bring highly specialized knowledge and experience to their technical areas of practice.


Patent Drafting, Prosecution, and Maintenance

Sheridan Ross handles all facets of the patent lifecycle, including patentability analyses; prior art searches; preparation and filing of provisional patent applications; preparation, filing, and prosecution of non-provisional utility and design patent applications; assignments; patent appeals; inventorship and ownership issues; maintenance of issued patents; and robust patent portfolio development. We empower our clients to make knowledgeable decisions regarding their intellectual property by carefully assessing opportunities and presenting available options. In light of the business reality of limited resources, we work with our clients to determine realistic estimates and budgets.

Our firm is annually ranked among the top law firms based on the number of patent filings. We average 2,500 patent filings worldwide each year in a full range of technologies, and our professionals have evolved their practices as patent law has evolved in the last decade. Our patent prosecution and counseling team takes very seriously the need to ensure that the specifications, drawings, and claims for all patent applications filed in the USPTO conform with Title 35, United States Code; Volume 37, Code of Federal Regulations; with other applicable U.S. legal authorities; and with applicable foreign patent laws.

While complying with such requirements, our patent attorneys and agents are acutely aware of the need to fully disclose our clients’ inventions, and to seek the broadest appropriate coverage given the pertinent prior art. All members of our team also understand the importance of obtaining rights to aspects of inventions that have commercial or other strategic value. Further, our team has a solid understanding of patent laws and pitfalls outside of the U.S. We work hard to keep our knowledge of foreign jurisprudence updated so that we can prepare patent applications that comply with patent rules in those jurisdictions where our clients seek protection.

Written Opinions

Sheridan Ross attorneys provide grounded, practical opinions on all patent law issues, including patentability, inventorship, validity/invalidity, and infringement/non-infringement. Our opinion practice is informed by the depth and breadth of our prosecution and litigation experience, which provides us with unique and ongoing insights into relevant patent and technology issues.


Case Studies

Learn more about how we’ve partnered with clients to protect their intellectual capital.