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Military Device Patent Attorney Protecting Our Military’s Innovations Worldwide

The United States military is one of the most important institutions in our country. It protects our freedoms and defends our way of life. The men and women who serve in the military are incredibly brave and selfless, and we owe them a debt of gratitude. The military has also been a source of innovation and progress. Military technology has led to many of the advancements we take for granted today, such as the internet, GPS, and cell phones. The military is constantly working on new technologies to keep us safe and ahead of our enemies.

The military is responsible for some of the most groundbreaking technologies and equipment in the world. From night vision goggles to GPS systems, the U.S. military has been at the forefront of technological innovation for decades. Inventions created by members of the military can have a profound impact not only on our national security but also on the global economy. That’s why it’s so important to protect these inventions with patents.

At Thompson Patent Law, we are proud to represent veterans and manufacturers/suppliers who have invented new devices or technologies.  We understand the unique challenges that inventors in the military face, and we are here to help you every step of the way – from filing your initial patent application, to licensing for passive income, or even defending your rights if your patent is ever infringed.

If you are a member of the military and have invented something that you think could be patented, we encourage you to contact us today. We offer complimentary patent needs assessment consultations, and we would be honored to review your case. Contact us today at (512) 649-1046 to schedule a strategic patent needs assessment.

What is a Military Patent?

When we refer to military patents, we are talking about “who” – either who the inventors are, or who will be a major customer of the idea.  We consider military patents to include ideas invented by active duty or former military service personnel.  We also consider military patents to include ideas for new technologies that can be purchased by the U.S. military.

Many of our favorite clients are veterans.  We definitely want to help you succeed in turning your ideas into income because your service protected the American dream for the entire nation – Thank You!

Examples of military patents that we have worked on at Thompson Patent Law include, but are not limited to, wound care medical devices, communications gear, and a variety of robotic and non-robotic vehicle-based systems.

The United States Patent & Trademark Office checks patent applications for classified or valuable national defense applications.  The military can classify a civilian’s invention if they believe it can be used in a way that affects national security.

Like any other invention, a military patent may be created while the inventor is on active duty or after your service is complete.  The invention can relate to the field of defense or national security, but we often help our military clients to find multiple monetization strategies so they can profit from the consumer, industrial, and military sectors.

What Can Happen if I Invent Something While I’m in the Military?

If you’re in the military and you invent something, there are a few things that could happen. First, if your invention is related to your work in the military, then the invention belongs to the government. This means that the government has the right to use, manufacture, and sell your invention without compensating you. Second, if your invention is not related to your work in the military, then you may be able to get a patent for it.

However, you will need to get permission from your commanding officer before you can file a patent application. Lastly, even if you are able to get a patent for your invention, the government may still be able to use it without paying you royalties. So, as you can see, there are a few things to consider if you invent something while you’re in the military.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We offer complimentary patent needs assessments, and we would be happy to review your case. Thank you for your service!

Can the U.S. Government Force Me to Keep My Invention a Secret?

The US government can force you to keep your invention a secret if they believe it threatens national security. If your invention is classified, then you will not be able to file a patent application for it. You may also be prohibited from disclosing your invention to anyone else. So, if you invent something while you’re in the military, there are a few things to consider before you try to get a patent for it.

It was made official policy in 1952 with the Invention Secrecy Act, which enables the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to keep “dangerous” patents under seal. The commissioner of patents was given authority to flag patent applications (private citizens included) for review by defense agencies, which might demand that particular advances be kept secret.

Inventors who violate the government order of confidentiality, risk having their patents revoked and being fined or imprisoned. The first secrecy orders were issued in the 1940s, most likely as a result of nuclear research.

If you have any questions about patents or other intellectual property matters, please feel free to contact us. We offer complimentary patent needs assessments, and we would be happy to review your case.  Thank you again for your service!

How is Hiring a Military Device Patent Lawyer Helpful?

If you are looking to hire a military device patent lawyer, there are many benefits that you can enjoy. For one, hiring a lawyer with experience in this area can help ensure that your patent is properly filed and defended. In addition, a good lawyer can also help you navigate the complex world of licensing and marketing your invention to the military.

Finally, working with a military device patent lawyer can give you peace of mind knowing that your interests are being protected throughout the process. If you have an invention that you believe has potential for use by the military, don’t hesitate to reach out to a qualified attorney today. With our help, you can take the first steps toward making your dream a reality. Call Thompson Patent Law at (512) 649-1046 to get started.

why our clients choose thompson patent law

Craige and his team did a fantastic job with my provisional patent application. He asked all the right questions to help me flesh out my idea, and helped me to expand it into areas I never would’ve considered. I highly recommend reading his book, and working with Thompson Patent Law.

Richard Connell

Psychologist at Connell & Associates, BHS

That critical translation from the technical engineer into the legal minds in the legal language and legal experience. And that handoff is really, really critical and that’s one of the things that I absolutely love about working with you guys.

Scott Lapierre

Science & Engineering Innovation and Implementation Director

If you have an idea that is innovative you better get the protections in place, and also you guided me in that… Its so simple the way you’re really orchestrating the process. I didn’t have that much experience but I feel throughout this entire trip that we’ve been on, I’ve gained so much experience from it, that I can help others guide them to you.

Steve Graybill

Founder & CEO at MÜLIBEX

Receiving the Patent Certificate Award from the USPTO was one of the greatest feelings in the world! Thank you and your team for facilitating such an incredible victory that helps us protect our IP.

Dommonic Nelson

Dommonic Nelson

Intercon USA 2021 Top 50 Tech Visionary

I’ve had a very good experience working with Thompson law Offices over the past couple of years. They are very good at what they do. Currently they’ve obtained a patent for me in a reasonable time frame, and are pursuing yet another one. Not only are they very good, but they are cognizant of the financial aspects of this process, always taking into consideration the cost to their customers. I wouldn’t hesitate to continue to work with them on future projects.

Byron Tietjen

InertiaCore Training Systems

Craige Thompson is a top-notch intellectual property attorney. I would choose him to represent me if I ever needed a patent. I have no hesitation to refer my friends, family, and clients to him for IP work. He’s easy to work with, has a good personality, a good bed-side manner, and he’s extremely good in his skills. Five-Stars!

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Divorce & Family Lawyer

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