Western Patent Group
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I'm Chris Whewell, a US Patent Agent with over 20 years experience writing and filing patent applications, and fighting for the patent rights of my clients from all over the world.
When endeavoring on a new venture, the single most-important thing is to have a good business team. Even the best inventions by themselves do not sell, a team is needed. You may wish to consider including me on your team to cover the IP side.
I have hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge in a wide range of
technologies. In 20 years of
practice, I haven't had a single dis-satisfied client. I'm a licensed HAM operator KE5HYG,
degreed chemist, experienced in mechanical inventions of all types,
knowledgeable in the electrical arts, knowledgeable in computer
networks, and expert in patent practice. My first patent was US Patent 5,017,271.
If you have an invention you are considering patenting or marketing, I can probably help you better than the vast majority of other patent practitioners because of my knowledge, experience, and skills.
I've had many successful experiences with
the patent office over
the years, including situations where other agents and patent attorneys
had given up. For an example of a patent where an inventors' lawyer told him to
quit, who then hired me and I prevailed in obtaining him a valuable
patent, see US Patent 6,662,479. Another is US 6,245,240 in which the lawyer gave up and I prevailed.
I've ghost-written dozens of cases for what used to be the world's largest automobile manufacturer.
I prevailed for a client in Opposition Proceedings at the EPO in Munich against a team of 12, when my lead lawyer broke his back the night before and was unable to attend, and all I was left with was a junior lawyer and a trainee. I've worked extensively with patent lawyers from all over the world, including the EU, UK, China, Japan, the Russian Federation, Australia, Brazil, and others.
For an example of where a decorated
primary examiner (awarded a gold medal by the Patent Commissioner
called me up and literally yelled at me that “I won't allow this
case, your claims are too broad”, to which I responded there is
no statutory basis for rejecting on breadth, and prevailed, see US Patent
For a peek at some of my methods, see US patent 8,008,239 or 8,510,031 or 6,564,394.
I am highly-creative, know what it takes to get a patent, and
know how to argue and win. If it appears at the beginning your invention is likely NOT
patentable, I explain why, and in some cases we can go from
there and do certain things to make it patentable.
Otherwise, I tell you to hang it up and do something else. For an
example of creative patent claiming, see US Patent 6,564,394.
For a recent example (2014) where three examiners repeatedly rejected my client's claims on "obviousness", and in which I wrote a winning Brief that forced the Board of Patent Appeals to reversed the examiners, ask me about it.
If you need someone who's pragmatic, experienced and knowledgeable, the look no further. Call or email me at:
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OBVIOUSNESS REJECTION ??
Obviousness rejections can be the most difficult of all patent office rejections. I overcome them regularly, and have even had patent examiners phone me over holiday to compliment me and tell me I'm right and issued the case as a patent.
For an example of the first patent I wrote on my own invention and successfully argued against an obviousness rejection 2 years prior to even being registered to practice Patent Law before the USPTO, please see US the file history of US Patent 5,156,721.
In addition to fighting for my clients' patent rights, I perform:
* Counseling on whether your invention
may be commercially viable;
One of the most important aspects of patenting inventions, is the patentability search. From a well-conducted search, we can write the best claims in view of the prior art, which saves valuable time in patent procurement, in addition to significant amounts of money. I've done searches 23 years and typically find about half of the inventions presented to me already in the prior art via a search. Patent searches are important so one does not expend resources (time & money) trying to patent something that's not patentable. Yes, you can find people on the internet who claim to do a "patent search" for $300, but I would have doubts about the value of such a search. A decent search should run about $650 on the lower end, depending on the field of technology.
One thing I am not, is a web designer. I hope you excuse the appearance of this site, and hope my message has come through.
My Master's degree is in Technology Commercialization from UT Austin. You benefit with me - I cannot help but consider commercialization issues in every case I see and these considerations usually alter the course of business decision-making, saving you time and money.
Please click the blue boxes above and left for info on that topic. Due to economic inflation, the PTO fees information may not always be up to date.
Ask about flat-rate fees, no hourly billing fees. This means that you know what you're getting into up-front costwise, and won't be surprised with recurring bills. Once I know the nature and complexity of your invention, I provide a price quote that I do not deviate from. I will definitely save you money over other providers of patent services while delivering high-quality in a fast time frame.
ID is: chris.whewell1
Please phone me first at (512) 763-1142
SIMPLE INVENTION ? Inventors frequently state "my invention is very simple." If you would like to see an example of what a patent application on a "simple" device looks like , then CLICK HERE to view or download a sample patent application I wrote on a simple invention.