With the rapid advancement of new technologies in virtually all areas of science, patents continue to be one of the most important ways to protect intellectual property rights. Our attorneys recognize this and rely on their wealth of experience and knowledge to successfully guide clients through the patent process. Widely recognized as leaders in the field of intellectual property law, our attorneys are adept at handling all aspects of the patent process.

This broad range of expertise includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and foreign patent offices, new product clearance, due diligence and patentability analyses. Whether the case at hand is domestic or international in scope, the firm has the resources required to consistently meet and exceed client expectations. The firm’s attorneys hold degrees in a broad range of scientific disciplines, covering areas such as electrical engineering, biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Further, many of the firm’s attorneys possess extensive professional experience in their respective fields of expertise. Coupled with high legal acumen, this expertise allows our attorneys to effectively counsel clients and prosecute utility, design and business method patents in countless industries so that the likelihood of success is maximized.

Whether guiding a single inventor or a large corporation through the patent process, our attorneys dedicate themselves fully to ensuring that the client receives the most accurate legal and technical insights available. Inventors and innovators alike must be able to promptly understand with confidence what steps they can take to ensure that their new ideas will be protected to the greatest extent possible. Further, they require that such protections also correspond with and maximize their business interests. Our attorneys understand these needs and possess the technical expertise, experience, and legal savvy necessary to efficiently and effectively guide clients to the best possible legal resolution.

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Panitch Schwarze Welcomes New Attorney Kimberly S. Chotkowski // April 7, 2014
Kimberly S. Chotkowski has joined Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP as an intellectual property attorney with patent litigation, licensing and prosecution experience along with negotiating global IP licenses. Read more

Prosecuting US Applications for Foreign Clients // April 1, 2014
William Schwarze, partner with Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, LLP will discuss prosecution of US patent applications for non-US clients.CLE is being applied for but is not guaranteed. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Welcomes New Associate Tamika A. Crawl-Bey // March 19, 2014
Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP welcomes the firm’s newest Associate, Tamika A. Crawl-Bey. An engineer, registered patent attorney, and holder of both an M.B.A. and a J.D., Tamika focuses her practice on domestic and foreign patent prosecution, patent portfolio management, and intellectual property counseling. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Welcomes New Partner Patricia Smink Rogowski // February 5, 2014
Patricia Smink Rogowski has joined Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP as a partner with over 26 years of experience in patent, trademark and copyright prosecution and counseling, and in intellectual property litigation in federal district courts and in appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Welcomes Attorney Gary Cohen // January 27, 2014
Attorney Gary Cohen recently joined Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP.  Mr. Cohen is a registered Patent Attorney with over thirty years of prior experience in various mechanical and electrical art fields, including medical and dental devices, storage batteries, and measurement systems, including computer applications. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Ranked Among 2014 "Best Law Firms" // November 1, 2013
U.S. News has named Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP as a 2014 Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firm." and was specifically mentioned nationally and in the Philadelphia metropolitan area for Intellectual Property. Read more

Seven Panitch Schwarze Intellectual Property Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers in America 2014 // August 15, 2013
Intellectual Property attorneys from Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP were included in the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Best Lawyers recognized each of these attorneys for their Intellectual Property practice. In addition, Ronald L. Panitch was named the 'Best Lawyers' 2014 Philadelphia Litigation - Patent "Lawyer of the Year." Read more

Panitch Schwarze Welcomes Patent Attorney Patrick Igoe // July 3, 2013
Patent Attorney Patrick Igoe joins Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP with over a decade of prior experience in the architecture, design, implementation, and management of large-scale embedded-systems software, having provided leadership to major projects at global companies.  Read more

Review of Recent Cases Involving Obviousness // April 25, 2013
A presentation on several recent cases related to obviousness will be led by Christopher Stabler, summer associate at Panitch, Schwarze, Belisario & Nadel, LLP. Read more

Claim Construction: Ensuring that the Judge Learns What the Patent Teaches (or Does Not Teach!) // March 13, 2013
Steven Rushefsky, Vice President, DecisionQuest NY, will give a presentation on Claim Construction and ensuring that the Judge learns what the patent teaches (or does not teach). Lunch will be provided. CLE will be applied for but is not guaranteed. Read more

First-Inventor-to-File // February 28, 2013
Aaron Ettelman of Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP will give a presentation on the AIA First-Inventor-To-File standards going into effect on March 16, 2013. CLE will be applied for but is not guaranteed. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Promotes Weihong Hsing to Partner // January 1, 2013
Panitch Schwarze Belisario and Nadel LLP is pleased to announce that patent attorney, Dr. Weihong Hsing, has been named partner of the firm. Dr. Hsing specializes in patent related issues in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical arts. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Attorney to Serve as Panelist at the SAPA Annual Conference // June 21, 2012
Dr. Weihong Hsing, Attorney at Panitch Schwarze Belisario and Nadel LLP, will serve as a panelist for “Outsourcing to China and Entering the U.S. Market,” at the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association’s 10th Annual Conference on June 22, 2012, in Philadelphia. Read more

Bloomberg News Interviews Fred Tecce about Patent Litigation Changes in 2011 // May 25, 2012
Attorney Fred Tecce provides overview of patent litigation and law changes and updates including the America Invents Act. Read more

What Companies Need to Know about the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) Patent Reform Legislation: Part III // May 1, 2012
Part III of this series of articles examines the changeover from a "first-to-invent" to a "first-to-file" system. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Attorney Alan Nadel Speaks on the Ethics of Patenting the Human Genome // April 12, 2012
Panitch Schwarze partner, Alan Nadel, will be discussing "The Human Blueprint Up For Sale? The Ethics of Patenting the Human Genome and other Materials of Nature under US Law and Jewish Ethics" on April 24 at the firm in Philadelphia, Pa. Read more

What Companies Need to Know about the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) Patent Reform Legislation: Part II // April 1, 2012
Part II of this series of articles looks at new examination provisions, fees, fee structures, and review processes. Read more

What Companies Need to Know about the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) Patent Reform Legislation: Part I // March 1, 2012
Part I of this series of articles will focus mainly on key litigation-related provisions that are effective now. Read more

Panitch Schwarze Hosts Leahy-Smith America Invents Act Live Seminar & Webinar // December 16, 2011
Panitch Schwarze attorneys Alan Nadel, Clark Jablon, John Simmons, and Dennis Butler hosted a live seminar and webcast entitled “Leahy-Smith America Invents Act” on November 30, 2011. The presentation discussed major changes found in the sweeping new law including the introduction of the first-tofile system, the post grant review proceedings, and the impact this will have on patent litigation. Read more

Four Panitch Schwarze Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America for 2012 // November 18, 2011
Four attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012-2013. In addition, the firm was ranked in the Best Law Firms rankings, published in November’s U.S. News and World Report’s Money issue. Read more

Sweeping Patent Law Reform Enacted // September 16, 2011
On September 16, 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act was signed into law, resulting in sweeping patent law reforms. Read more

A Primer on Establishing an Effective Patent Program // September 1, 2011
This column is the fourth in a four-part series examining the latest developments in the vital area of patents, particularly those that relate to the display industry. Read more

The Importance of Proper Patent Marking - What You Don't Know May Hurt You, Monetarily // July 1, 2011
This article is a segment from the July 2011 newsletter covering the importance of proper patent marketing. Read more

How to Patent Inventions on a Tight Corporate Budget // October 1, 2010
Much can be done to control the costs of the patent process, while not compromising the quality of the resultant patent portfolio. Read more

How To Establish an Effective Patent Program in a Company That Does Not Currently Have a Program or Does Not Regularly Seek Patents // March 1, 2010
If your company is ready to do so, what steps must be taken to make the patent application process as effective as possible? Read more

Recent Developments: How the Recession Has Affected the World of Patents // September 1, 2009
While the economy "recovers" from our deep recession (at least according to the economic experts), one important issue facing our clients is how this recession has affected the world of patents. Read more

Understanding the Scope of Patents and Identifying Potential Infringement Issues // November 1, 2007
This column is the third in a four-part series examining the latest developments in the vital area of patents, particularly those that relate to the display industry. Read more

The Increased Importance of Patent Portfolio Building in View of KSR vs. Teleflex // October 1, 2007
This column is the second part in a four-part series examining the latest developments in the vital area of patents, particularly those that relate to the display industry. Read more

Obtaining and Enforcing Patents: New Standards for Patentability of Inventions // September 1, 2007
This column is the first in a four-part series examining the latest developments in the vital area of patents, particularly those that relate to the display industry. Read more

Software Patents - Venture Forum // November 14, 2003
Attorney Clark Jablon lectured about software patents at the Penn State Great Valley campus. Read more

From The Blog

June 25, 2013
Court Finds Actual Use Not Required – Grants Preliminary Injunction Against Ex-AMD Employees for Trade Secret Theft
It’s not hard to figure out what happens when a group of rogue employees copy over one … million … files from their employer’s network immediately prior to taking new positions with a chief competitor.  Beyond impressing Dr. Evil with the sheer volume of documents copied, protracted trade secret litigation often ensues! In an important […] Read more

March 7, 2013
Attorney General Holder Questioned by Senate Judiciary Committee on Cyber Prosecutions
Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the Senate Judiciary committee yesterday regarding prosecutions of cyber-attack hackers.  Although almost drowned out by the arguments on the Administration’s use of drones, there was significant discussions regarding cyber prosecutions.  In the wake of a report by cyber-security firm Mandiant about cyber-attacks from China, the Senators criticized the Attorney […] Read more

March 7, 2013
White House Issues Administration Strategy on Mitigating the Theft of U. S. Trade Secrets
On February 20, 2013, the White House released the Administration’s Strategy on Mitigating the theft of U.S. Trade Secrets.  The strategy includes five “action items” which are aimed at protecting U.S. innovation and includes diplomatic efforts to protect trade secrets abroad and working with the private sector to promote best practices in protecting trade secrets.  […] Read more


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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How much does it cost to get a patent?

Answer: It depends on the complexity and the technology.  Simple mechanical patents can range from $5,000-$8,000 […] Read more

Question: How do I find out if my invention was already out there?

Answer: For an invention to be “patentable”, it must be useful, novel and nonobvious.  To find […] Read more

Question: How long does it take to get a patent?

Answer: The average prosecution of a patent application from filing to allowance or abandonment  is on […] Read more

Question: What's the difference between a patent and a trademark?

Answer: A patent protects new and unobvious inventions whereas trademarks protect trade names associated with goods […] Read more

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