THE IP LAW FIRM MODEL
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Invoke is uniquely designed to incorporate client input on the claims prior to drafting of the patent application.
It would be illogical for a builder to build a complete building and then ask an inspector to check if the foundation is correct. Not only would this be ineffective, it would be impossible to fix the foundation without tearing down the building and re-building it.
While this concept seems intuitive, traditional law firm models involve drafting a complete patent application (i.e., the building) without first ensuring that the claims (i.e., the foundation) match client strategy. By providing a completed patent application months after the invention disclosure meeting, traditional law firm models provide in-house counsel little opportunity to ensure that the patent application is aligned with client strategy. Furthermore, in-house review of the claims and the patent application months after an invention disclosure meeting force in-house counsel to re-learn the focus of the invention. Finally, any corrections to the claims/focus of the patent application by in-house counsel are incorporated into the Specification by outside counsel via poor quality patch work.
The Invoke two-chair model involves a firm associate leading the invention disclosure meeting, while a highly-specialized senior attorney drafts claims in real-time during the invention disclosure meeting itself. Immediately following the invention disclosure (while the discussion is fresh in everyone’s mind), the inventors and the in-house counsel review and help revise the full claim set to ensure alignment with client strategy. The firm associate then completes the patent application based on a client-approved claim set thereby improving patent application quality, reducing re-work, and maximizing the value of in-house time & knowledge. This two-chair model has been successfully implemented by Mr. Shah to achieve unprecedented results.