In our post last week, we talked about the advantages and disadvantages of getting a patent for your business. Hopefully, you can use this information to make a decision on whether your business can enhance its competitive edge and value by jumping into the patent market.
My hometown is Edmonton, Alberta. It’s a busy and fast-growing city in central Alberta. It’s also a major economic center, and has both established businesses and start-ups in Edmonton. I decided to write a short guide on how to find a patent agent in Edmonton. First, the basic things you need to be on the lookout for:
- Experience. Experience within the patent field is absolutely necessary. Usually, you want at least 5 years of dedicated experience in patent law. If you go to a large law firm, they may tell you how much experience their law firm has while handing you off to a junior lawyer who will not handle your case in the most efficient way. That’s why you have to question the experience of the lawyer himself.
- Honesty. Honesty is an absolute must. When you go to a qualified patent agent, lawyer, or attorney you are trusting their knowledge and expertise on the subject to decide whether you even have a legitimate chance of getting your patent approved, or if the patent would be useful or valuable. Nearly anything can be patented if you place enough extra specifics in it, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a useful or worthwhile patent. An honest and trustworthy agent will tell you, instead of encouraging it for them to profit.
- Good Reviews. There is a ton of factors to take into consideration, but using reviews and personal recommendations from business owners you may know very well maybe the best tool available.
Another way to help find the best possible candidates is to use a qualified patent law directory with an Edmonton listing (as such: http://findalawyercanada.org/patent-lawyers-edmonton/).
Anyways, that is all for this week’s post! Check back next week for more info, and until then, best of luck!