From our office in Pittsburgh PA, Ference & Associates practices intellectual property law predominately in the fields of high technology. Our attorneys and agents are trained in the areas of science and engineering and all have technical degrees. We have prepared and prosecuted patents, trademarks and copyrights across of broad array of technical areas. A description of these technical areas appears below:
Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing sectors of patent law. In the US and Europe, natural biological substances can be patented if sufficiently isolated from their natural states. While patents exist of adrenaline, insulin and various vitamins, recent court rulings have declared naturally occurring DNA sequences ineligible for patents. This area of patent law is constantly evolving and our professionals have worked to stay current on all related issues and rulings.
Computers have gone from being the purview of researchers and hobbyists to being ubiquitous. The number of patent applications and prosecutions reflect this change – in fact, computer technology accounted for more recent patent applications than any other sector tracked by the World Intellectual Property Organization. With the rise of smart phones, tablets and ultra books, we expect this trend to continue and are uniquely positioned to work in this fast-moving field.
The chemical patent process is complex and our clients benefit greatly from our expertise. With patents relating to everything from life sciences to basic consumer products, having the knowledge to navigate the complicated nature of chemistry is essential. Our team is well versed in chemical engineering and has years of experience in the chemical patent process.
This nuanced area of patent law covers various conducting materials and their implementations. Like our other areas of expertise, the electrical and electronic patent process requires an extreme attention to detail as well as a clear understanding of emerging technology. Our IP professionals and their support staff have up to date knowledge of the newest developments in this constantly changing field.
With advances in motion sensors, accelerometers and other inventions that involve the intersection of electromagnetic phenomena with physical objects, we’ve made sure to stay abreast of all the related court decisions and innovations within this rapidly changing industry. Our Attorneys, IP professionals and their support staff are quick, efficient and ready to guide your innovations through the patent process.
Mechanical processes have evolved right along with advances in the computational, chemical and other technical fields. As mechanical devices have become more complex, so has the patent process. With our expertise, as well as our vigilant support staff, we are prepared to begin processing patents involving machinery and related devices.
Software patents require a high level of knowledge around technical matters – everything from coding fundamentals to computer hardware. Due to the distinctive nature of software patents, extreme care is required to ensure a successful software patent application. Our IP professionals and their support staff have the knowledge and experience to guide software patent applications through the USPTO.