US patent attorneys focused on chemical and biological arts are familiar with the idea that a prior art genus does not necessarily render obvious a claimed subgenus or species. MPEP 2144.08.&nbs…
Modal is a value-oriented law firm focused on Intellectual Property and related areas. We work with domestic and international clients in our patent, trademark and copyright practices.
We tailor our process to each client’s specific portfolio needs and goals. We work with our clients to define and clarify those needs and help them act accordingly.
We believe in developing and refining our relationships with clients one case at a time, over time, and for years to come.
Preparation and Filing of Applications
Modal works with companies, their inventors, and their designers to develop a full-range understanding of potential intellectual properties. Modal can recommend and develop a portfolio of assets by drafting applications and associated documents to grow clients’ IP capital.
Prosecution of Applications
Modal draws on years of experience helping domestic and international clients navigate intellectual property prosecution. This experience in varied client needs allows Modal to focus on providing legal services on a desirable fee and time schedule.
Modal develops content and presents a number of educational seminars on a variety of Intellectual Property subjects and adjacent technologies. Modal speaks both in-person and virtually on several platforms.
Modal provides legal analysis and formal opinion work preceding prosecution or litigation, or in response to legal notices received by the client.
Market Research and Prior Art Search
It is easier to prevent errors than to fix them. Conducting a search early often saves money and time later. Similarly, conducting research before entering a market can avoid unnecessary delays and litigation or licensing fees.
Modal’s substantial experience working with international clients provides essential background to aid clients in obtaining export clearances for their products and ideas from the United States. Modal also obtains foreign filing licenses as an alternative to export clearance opinions.
Modal assists with licensing, drafting and reviewing assignments of rights, and other transfers of intellectual property.
Who is Modal?
Modal is led by Brian Epstein, our Principal and Representative Attorney. Other professional staff include a US Patent Attorney and US Patent Agent. They allow Modal to provide services in special interest patent areas, while clients also benefit from native Japanese linguistic skills.
Modal’s professional staff are supported by a group of skilled patent and business specialists. Two experienced Intellectual Property secretaries are available to address client needs, and further staff include a Controller, an Information Technologist, and a native Japanese-speaking cultural consultant.
Latest Updates from Modal
We received a request to address the topic of art-recognized equivalents and, in particular, the substitution of equivalents known for the same purpose. MPEP 2144.06 II. This issue arises in obv…
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