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A recent article on Law360 discussed how judges are looking for more craftsmanship in the patents they are asked to review. The article then goes on to define what the author calls the “4 Cs” of patent drafting: Collaboration, Customization, Continuity and Core Components.

While it was the first time someone has summarized patent drafting this way, Cook Alex’s attorneys have been paying attention to these facets in drafting patents for years. We understand the complexity involved in submitting well-written and detailed provisional patent application to the USPTO and have been creating high quality application, well before judges started emphasizing better crafted applications. In fact, we feel that we add a “fifth C” to our patents: Creativity.


Cook Alex’s “5 C” approach to crafting a patent application:

Cook Alex collaborates with our clients on many levels. We are both excellent communicators, as well as effective listeners. Beyond the traditional interaction between inventor and counsel, we often introduce our clients to our network of marketing and product development teams to aid in bringing our client’s ideas to market. In addition, we frequently work with foreign counsel to ensure our client’s receive worldwide protection.

Every patent application that is submitted by Cook Alex is customized to offer the greatest protection for our clients. This true customization is accomplished by the exchange of drafts and conversations with the client; and a thorough understanding of our clients’ businesses, including their competitors.

Obtaining the desired protection of a patent continues to evolve as products develop, both before and after commercialization. Cook Alex offers an experienced and stable collaborative process through all phases of protecting our clients’ property, from filing a well-written provisional application all the way through the filing of continuations and continuations-in-part years after the product has been brought to market.

Core Components
At Cook Alex, our experienced attorneys offer the draftsmanship and mastery needed to ensure the protection of your core Intellectual Property. We make it our job to ensure that you have a solid core of IP to build your business around

While a good patent attorney has a strong scientific background, the best understand that patent prosecution is as much an art as it is a science. Attorneys at Cook Alex, are logical enough to understand the most technical of inventions, yet creative enough to draft patents that end up offering protection for material that previous attorneys felt was unpatentable. In that regard, we feel creativity is vitally important when crafting a patent application.