Atlanta Patent Attorney
Do you need help with:
A) Patent Search, Provisional Patent, Regular Patent, Licensing
B) Trademark Search, Trademark Application
Grell & Watson IP Law, Atlanta Patent Attorney, Trademark Attorney
Grell & Watson specializes in Intellectual Property Law – Patent, Trademark, Copyright, Business Contracts, & Licensing. We are a group of patent lawyers in Atlanta specializing as Patents Attorney, Patent Lawyer, Patent Attorneys, IP Lawyer, Intellectual Property Lawyer, Trademark Attorney, and Trademark Lawyer.
Grell & Watson IP Law, LLC (“GWIP”) is a unique intellectual property law firm concentrating in the areas of Patent Law, Trademark Law, Copyright Law, and related IP Matters. GWIP is a resource to, not only the Atlanta metro area, but all of Georgia. GWIP is one of a few firms that specializes in IP law that serves Atlanta and cities throughout Georgia. GWIP’s unique business model of reducing the overhead costs of traditional law firms while still maintaining all of the resources required of IP law firms, allows GWIP to serve Atlanta and the rest of Georgia in an extremely efficient manner that will be economically beneficial for the clients and the community. GWIP is well positioned to offer clients in Atlanta and throughout Georgia the full range of services required to draft, prosecute, and protect the rights involved in all aspects of intellectual property – patent, trademark, and copyright.
I’m a Patent Lawyer and Entrepreneur who holds his own portfolio of patents and trademarks. I don’t just practice as a IP Lawyer in Atlanta I am an Inventor and Idea person as well.
Do you have a new invention or idea?
I am an Atlanta patent attorney licensed with the State of Georgia (Atlanta Patent Attorney, Atlanta GA and registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Call for a FREE Patent consultation (678) 383-4886
Why do I need a Patent?
The only two ways to protect your invention are by a patent or by keeping it secret. Unfortunately, keeping your invention secret is very difficult, because once you sell your device or practice your method, others can “reverse engineer” and figure out how to make your device or use your method.
What is a Patent Search?
A patent can only be awarded if your invention has not been done before and is not so closely similar to previous inventions that your invention would be obvious. A patent search is a review of previous patents and publications to see what has previously been done.
What is a Patent?
A patent is a right granted to an inventor by the federal government for the inventor to be the only one to make his/her invention, to use it, to offer it for sale, to sell it, or to import it into the United States for a period of twenty (20) years for utility patents.
“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 therefor….” 35 U.S. Code 101
What is a Provisional Patent?
A provisional application is a temporary patent filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), that establishes an early filing date, gets you to patent spending, has less formal filing requirements, but does not mature into an issued patent unless the applicant files a regular non-provisional patent application within one year.
What is a Design Patent?
A design patent is a patent that protects the visual characteristics embodied in or applied to an article. Since a design is manifested in appearance, the subject matter of a design patent application may relate to the configuration or shape of an article, to the surface ornamentation applied to an article, or to the combination of configuration and surface ornamentation.
What is a Trademark
A trademark™ is a form of protection used to brand or promote a product being offered in the market place in the form of a word, name, phrase, tag-line (Standard Text Characters) or symbol, graphic, color (Stylized and/or Design) or a combination of both used or intended to be used to identify and distinguish the products/services of one seller or provider from those of others, and to indicate the source of the products/services.
In addition, other trademark categories, such as those based on color, smell, sound, patterns or any distinguishing attribute by which an individual is readily identified, such as the well-known characteristics of celebrities may be protected. Note, the essential function of a trademark is to exclusively identify the commercial source or origin of products or services identified by the mark.
What is a Service Mark
A service mark (SM) is a mark similar to a trademark, except it a form of protection used to brand or promote a service being offered in the market place. The terms “trademark” and “mark” often are used to refer to both trademarks and service marks.
What is a Trade Name
A trade name or a business name is the name a business uses for commercial purposes. (The legal name is the name registered with the state secretary of state office, such as ____ Inc., LLC or Partnership or the name used for contracts.)
What is Doing Business As
DBA (doing business as) is a name of a business or operation other than the owner or proprietor’s name, or legal name such as Inc., LLC or Partnership of the business. Most jurisdictions require businesses operating with fictitious names to file a DBA statement for consumer protection purposes with the county and/or state.
When should you use ® vs. TM/SM
Any time you claim rights in a mark that identifies a product or service, you may immediately use the “TM” (trademark on goods) or “SM” (service mark for services) designation to alert the public to your claim, whether you have filed a trademark application with the US Trademark Office or not.
® may only be used after registering with the US Trademark Office.
You may only use the federal registration symbol “®” after the federal US Trademark Office actually issues a registration for your mark, and not during a pending trademark application or after your registration has expired.
Law School: Western Michigan 1995; Undergraduate : University of Iowa, BSEE Electrical & Computer Engineering 1988
Mat is the founding partner of Grell & Watson and brings a unique background and 15 years of best IP experience to the firm. Mat currently concentrates his practice in patent drafting and prosecution and business contract drafting and negotiation. Prior to founding the firm, Mat was a Intellectual Property lawyer at Myers & Kaplan, an Intellectual Property boutique in Atlanta, GA. From 2000-2004, Mat was VP & General Counsel for Movaz Networks, Inc. His primary responsibilities included duties as a member of the executive team, including detailed experience with formation, raising $150M in capital, business contracts, intellectual property, HR/employment, corporate policy, M&A due diligence, dispute resolution, sales and business development, engineering & product management legal support, supply management and export compliance. From 1993 to 2000, Mat was a Patent Attorney and Senior Licensing Officer with the University of California Office of Technology Transfer & earlier at Michigan State University Office of Intellectual Property preparing provisional patents, marketing and licensing university technology.
IP Experience – Mat’s patent prosecution experiences include telecommunication systems, optical switching, micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS), optics and optical electronics, analog/digital circuits, power electronics, check processing, financial systems, insurance & plant inspection systems, desalination systems, waste water treatment apparatus, door and cabinet hinges, door closure and latch mechanisms, mechanical devices and systems, software, and business methods, among others.
Entrepreneur – Founded start-ups such as www.InventorStartKit.com The kit includes a digital download with inventor information & instructions, actual samples, and your own ready to use forms for recording your invention, evaluating the protectability and marketability of your invention. In addition, the website offers helpful educational information about inventions; Inventor NDA; and Inventor Business Plan Kit. www.BeanPool.com is a on-line and print publishing company in the local search arena. BeanPool provides a trusted resource for on-line users to share their opinions on local businesses and to connect with each other and with the best businesses in their community.
IP Licensing Experience – Senior Licensing Officer with two of the best – the University of California Office of Technology Transfer & Michigan State University Office of Intellectual Property Manager of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Office of Technology Transfer System wide office. Managed technical writers, technology marketers and an intellectual property portfolio of 300+ inventions yearly, negotiated and drafted terms and conditions of research, material transfer and license agreements (software, electronics, medical devices, physics& plant varieties), managed patent interference actions, mediation, arbitration, litigation and outside counsel.
Corporate Contract Experience – NDA, development, prototyping, contract manufacturing, trials, quality assurance/testing, interoperability, purchase & license, support, maintenance & EFI services, patent & software licensing, reseller/distributor, services, teaming, OEM, software escrow agreements, IT, web development, joint development, supply, promotion, and other business contracts.
Engineering Experience – Worked as a controls Engineer, Department of Power Operations, Hydroelectric Power Plants Union Electric. I managed 15 electricians & mechanics as the senior project engineer for the automation and remote control of hydroelectric generators using PLCs, rewinding of generators and their conversion to static excitation, and switch yard and transformer installations.
Mat is licensed to practice law in Georgia and Washington. Mat is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Mat is a member of the State Bars of Georgia and Washington and the American Bar Association.
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