Philosophy of Practice – A Holistic Approach
Intellectual Property (IP) development (including patents, trademarks and copyrights) is critical to many businesses, but often very expensive and difficult to justify on a short-term basis. Since the costs of retaining a patent attorney to obtain patent protection can be a substantial portion of an IP budget, and are viewed as non-productive overhead, it is necessary to keep these costs as low as possible.
The solution is found in a holistic approach, which includes a thorough analysis of the client’s entire situation to facilitate the efficient application of select legal resources. The purpose of this approach is to provide only the necessary intellectual property services for the client at the lowest cost consistent with high quality legal services, at each step of the IP development process.
Lev Intellectual Property Consulting is a full service patent and trademark prosecution law firm. When expertise in a related activity is necessary, an efficient application of legal resources is made through the use of a network of highly skilled practitioners operating at relatively low overhead. While this network of recommended practitioners (including patent, trademark and copyright lawyers, and patent litigators) represents a wide range of skill and expertise, the client pays only for that expertise which is needed for his particular case. There are no costs to be absorbed to maintain the overhead of a large institution or elaborate physical installation. In the present situation, a reverse economy of scale works in favor of the client.
Any necessary legal and technical expertise can be made available to the client, through the selection of the most appropriate attorney and by means of consultation among the lawyers/attorneys in the network. The effect is a level of expertise commensurate with a high-profile D.C. law firm, with a cost structure commensurate with a recovering Midwestern city such as Youngstown and Warren, Ohio.
In order to apply the appropriate legal expertise, the client is educated. This is necessary to determine the client’s goals and the role of intellectual property, such as patents, in achieving those goals.
In the process of mutual education, the client comes to the understanding that a patent is not a goal in itself, but merely a means to obtaining the client’s goals. In the process of examining his own goals, the client is lead to an appreciation of the position of his invention with respect to the rest of the market.