Area Intellectual Property Group (Bay Area IP) is an intellectual
property (IP) firm located in San Francisco California. We directly
serve the entire San Francisco Bay Area region, and anywhere outside
the Bay Area through the Internet and telephone. Our practice is oriented
towards serving the unique goals and requirements of small business
and individual inventors. Key to our success is our quality customer
service, broad capabilities, and extreme flexibility in working with
our clients to right-size IP protection to suit their particular needs.
Right-sizing IP protection is particularly important to small business
and individual inventors. Unfortunately, most practitioners have a one-size-fits-all
approach that often scares away most individual inventors and significantly
limits the patent portfolio size of small businesses.
Individual inventors are often very creative, but are usually
unsure which idea will turn into a viable product or method worth the
costly investment of patent protection. What they are typically looking
for is a very low cost initial protection that is referred to often
status. With Patent Pending status, inventors can market test their
invention before deciding to procure a non-provisional patent. Bay Area
IP lowers the bar for inventors to attain Patent-pending protection
so low that money is not a barrier for them to market safely their ideas
and achieve their dreams. In addition to providing "Patent-Pending"
protection, Bay Area IP offers a full range of services to support the
individual inventor. Our service offering supports inventors starting
from their initial idea all the way through pre-marketing launch with
our many specialized services including invention
development, procuring "Patent-Pending
status and non-provisional
patents, and providing marketing
assessment/planning. We work hard to offer our individual inventor
clients what they need to convert there ideas into financial success.
Small businesses, who are less cost sensitive at the low end,
find our right-sized IP protection approach equally attractive in that
it enables them to build a larger patent portfolio by more efficiently
prioritizing the level of resources allocated to each invention according
to its expected value. Our practice further supports the needs of small
business by way of providing consulting
services that leverage our expertise in strategic marketing, IP
practice, and IP portfolio management towards bringing coherence and
increased synergistic value to corporate efforts and assets thereby
significantly improving the company's competitive advantage.
At Bay Area IP, one of our highest priorities beyond providing top quality
IP work product is it to understand and accommodate the needs of our
clients. Key to this understanding is to appreciate our client's goals
and budget, and thereby tailor our IP services appropriately. Unlike
many IP firms, our philosophy is to educate and empower our clients
to increase final product quality
and reduce their over-all IP costs for now, and the long term. We not
only instruct our clients on how to do many basic tasks themselves,
but also provide them a detailed professional option/risk analysis so
that they can make more accurate decisions that best reflect their budgets
and risk tolerance.
Bay Area IP's competitive edge has been our successful strategy
of right-sizing patent protection to fit our client's needs at below
market cost while not compromising work quality. To achieve this highly
desired combination we must keep our cost structure low enough so that
we can offer quality service at price points that most small businesses
and individuals can afford. To accomplish this, we employ technology
wherever it cuts cost, and we avoid expensive overhead items such as
costly office space and nonessential support services (e.g., docketing,
foreign departments, etc.). Hence, unlike many other firms, we can afford
to spend the extra time to pay attention to details because you are
not paying for expenses that do not increase the value of the work product.
Instead, with Bay Area IP, you are mostly paying for our patent practitioner's
talent and not the firm's overhead.
Our practice offers a wide range of IP services including patent
drafting/prosecution, IP searching, IP consulting, invention development,
marketing analysis, and IP portfolio management. It is our unique combination
of expertise in patent practice, business, marketing, high technology,
and invention development that aligns our work product with our client's
needs and goals as a whole, and not just with legal language disconnected
from the invention's technical or economic reality. Many practitioners
have no appreciation or understanding of the business and marketing
end of invention use and selling, and further have no, or very limited,
industry experience. We at Bay Area IP believe that our clients are
served best when their patent practitioner can ground their legal work
in technical and marketplace realities. Otherwise, the result is that
patent practitioners often fail to appreciate the true scope and context
of the invention, thereby significantly diminishing the value of the
IP, or worse, producing an invalid or impotent protection. We find that
our broad technical capability enables us to efficiently understand
the workings and application of our client's inventions, thereby reducing
their costs and improving our final work product quality.
Bay Area IP's areas of technical and patent practice expertise cover
a wide variety technologies ranging from simple mechanical inventions
to state-of-the-art hardware/software, and sophisticated business methods.
This expertise comes from many years of patent and invention development
experience in industry.
Technical Areas of Expertise:
Our areas of expertise includes, but are not limited to: mechanical,
algorithms, advanced modeling/simulation, artificial/machine intelligence,
pattern recognition, data mining, robotics, sensors, analog/digital
systems, power management, software systems/programming, embedded real-time
applications, signal processing, battery technology, semiconductor processing
and packaging, and wireless systems. We have particularly extensive
capabilities in switching regulator systems, robotics systems, and machine
learning methods such as Fuzzy Logic, Neural Networks, Hidden Markov
Models, and Genetic Algorithms.
In person- SF Bay Area in California and Reno, NV, and nationwide over
English (native), French (fluent conversational), Spanish (very basic).