Q: LOOKING FOR A PATENT LAWYER IN THE GULFPORT, MS AREA
A: As patent attorneys obtain their patent registration from the USPTO, they can help inventors from anywhere seek US patents. Many of my clients are from states beyond North Carolina.
In some situations, there is a need to visit a lab or factory to see prototypes or to interview a number of people and it is just easier to work with someone within driving distance.
You can get a list of patent attorneys and patent agents from the USPTO at https://oedci.uspto.gov/OEDCI/practitionerSearchEntry .
Some of these people may work for corporations and won't be available to help you. I would list the state but not the city as I do not know whether the USPTO tool is sophisticated enough to list someone who is in a town adjacent to Gulfport. You will recognize those town names as you scroll through the results for Mississippi.
Within patent law, there are some things more important than proximity. You would want a patent attorney that works with your type of invention. Someone that handles new pharmaceutical drugs would not be a good choice for an invention of a new power tool. Further, many patent attorneys prefer to work as effectively subcontractors for large corporate clients rather than work with individual inventors and new companies.
You should look at the websites of the patent attorneys that you find to see if there is a match for what you need.
Another trick is to look at patents that the patent attorneys past projects. You can use a USPTO search to look for patents that list that patent attorney. This is the search for my name so you can see the pattern and you can look for other attorneys work.
Go to http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/search-adv.htm and then put in LREP/"FLYNN Kevin E" as the query.
(some firms only list the name of the firm on the patent and not the attorney so this is not perfect).
I hope this helps.
Kevin E Flynn
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