William S. Ramsey, P.C.


Patents allow the inventor to assert certain exclusive rights to his invention for a limited period of time in exchange for complete disclosure of the working of the invention. After the period of time, now 20 years from the date of patent application, the invention may be freely copied and used by anyone.

There is no common law patent – patents may be obtained only through application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. There are many requirements which must be meet for an invention to be patentable, but the primary requirements are that the invention is novel, useful, and nonobvious to a person skilled in the area of the invention.

Mr. Ramsey has represented inventors in obtaining patents in all of the traditional areas of patenting, chemical, mechanical, and electrical. These traditional areas include recent developments in the area of biological inventions involving sequences in gene and protein structures, software, and, most recently, method of doing business patents. A list of the some 75 patents issued with Mr. Ramsey as attorney or agent of record is found below.

Foreign patent applications through the Patent Cooperation Treaty are routinely made.

Mr. Ramsey has represented inventors in who reside in a wide number of states and in foreign countries. Obtaining patents can be and often is done by mail.

Mr. Ramsey has represented clients in a wide variety of transactions involving licensing and assigning (selling) the rights to patents, including transactions involving companies in bankruptcy.

Finally, Mr. Ramsey represents clients in litigation involving intellectual property.

In most cases involving patents attorney fees are quoted before work is done – the client knows the costs before agreeing to the work.

Articles and attachments involving patents follow: