Sarita L. Pickett

Sarita L. Pickett

Even in the IP world, better fences make better neighbors.
  • Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks
  • New Hampshire, United States Patent and Trademark Office - Federal
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Biography

With over 20 years of professional experience, my pre-law career involved federal program and business management. Since focusing on the law in 2010, I have assisted large corporations, small businesses, first-time entrepreneurs, experienced business leaders, artists, and academic institutions in protecting their intellectual property.

In addition to patent drafting, prosecution, and post grant procedures, I also have experience in trademark prosecution, defense, and enforcement, design patent prosecution, copyright registration, IP due diligence, technology licensing, and intellectual property litigation.

By basing operations out of New Hampshire, I can keep your costs as low as possible while still maintaining the high standards and quality you deserve.

Practice Areas
    Intellectual Property
    Patents
    Patent Appeals, Patent Prosecution
    Trademarks
    Trademark Registration
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Hampshire
New Hampshire Bar Association
ID Number: NH Bar ID 265316
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United States Patent and Trademark Office - Federal
ID Number: USPTO Reg. No. 72,430
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Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered
Q. Can you produce/make an item that has a patent after 20 years ? The inventor is deceased & his sons won't care.
A: Despite the passing of the original inventor, it's possible that the patent was assigned to a corporation that would very much care. There are also often times improvement patents (continuation-in-part, divisional, or simply later filed applications) which build on an original parent patent. So even if the original patent had expired, that would not mean that you were in the clear. I would highly recommend finding an attorney who has experience with "Freedom-to-operate" searches and "Due Diligence" reports.
Q. How does one get an ideas manufactured,,I have an idea but not sure where to go from here.
A: At the very least, before you go to a manufacturer, get an attorney to draft you a quick NDA (nondisclosure agreement) or if dealing with a Chinese manufacturer, make sure it's an NNN (non-use, non-circumvention, nondisclosure agreement). I would also highly recommend filing a provisional patent application before speaking with a manufacturer. While it will be much easier to rely on an expert you trust, you can file a provisional application pro se as a micro entity for $75.
Q. Are Patents Immoral actually and against the first amendment?
A: In addition to Kevin's comments, I would also state that a patent is also an equitable exchange between the government and the inventor. The inventor gets to have exclusive rights for a limited time--but in exchange, the inventor has to disclose the details for how the invention was made. The original concept was not just to provide a financial reward to inventors, but it was also to make sure that the knowledge was never lost. By requiring that inventors disclose the details of their invention, the government can make sure that the innovative leaps behind unique products or services aren't lost to time as trade-secrets when the inventor dies.
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Patent Negotiator, PLLC
1034 Hayward St
Manchester, NH 03103
Telephone: (603) 717-1805
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