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Illinois, Ivy Patent Law .com, STEVEN IVY P.C., law firm, patent, patent interference, patent opinion, patent license, patent assignment, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, unfair competition, post-grant review, service marks.
providing customized, 
and COPYRIGHT services
to INDIVIDUAL inventors


Affordable Patent Services

Tailored to fit the budgets of small business owners and startups, our intellectual property services often boast rates that are 30%, 40%, and sometimes even 50% lower than those offered by larger intellectual property law firms. Steven Ivy achieves this cost-effectiveness by maintaining a lean, non-essential staff, enabling direct communication with clients. This straightforward yet efficient customer service approach results in significant savings, which are passed on to his clients. The direct communications benefit his clients not only financially. In time-sensitive situations, responses are prompt, and sometimes nearly immediate. Furthermore, this hands-on approach has nurtured enduring bonds between Steven Ivy and his clients, leading to business friendships that endure over a decade.

Patent Applications & Drawings

The firm educates clients on when, what type, and where to file patent applications. We prepare and complete domestic and international filings. From provisional, to non-provisional, down to internationally-oriented PCT applications, our law firm ensures that all the filings are done correctly and efficiently. Our law firm prepares all the necessary patent drawings and graphical displays. Once completed, we make sure that all the drawings fulfill the required engineering standards, acceptable by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Our services also include full support, and if possible, resolution of any issues encountered during the prosecution of patient applications.

Utility, Design & Plant Patents

STEVEN IVY P.C. counsels individual investors on all the available patent types, including associated with them costs and benefits. Our in-depth understanding of utility, plant and design patents, allows us to guide our clients towards the most efficient patent completion route. In addition, our firm helps clients to deal with the inevitable initial rejections by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, by filing the necessary amendments and requests for continued patent examination.

Patent Opinions

The firm also provides research and investigative opinions. The non-infringement opinion (or right-to-practice opinion), is designed to inform small business owners about the possibility of his/her patent infringing on other existing patents. The patentability opinion, on the other hand, informs our clients about the likelihood that their invention will be approved for patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. We can also provide a validity opinion, designed to investigate and to determine the validity of your opponent's patent. All things considered, although patent opinions are not required, they are highly recommended. They are used to uncover, early in the patent application process, whether or not the invention is patentable; knowledge that can certainly save any applicant a lot of money.

Patent Infringement Issues & Litigation

It is difficult for an individual investor to compete with large corporations. However, when your intellectual property rights are violated by a corporation, you must be ready to stand up for yourself, and fight the unauthorized profiting from your invention. When the situation arises, our firm is ready to support our clients by initiating infringement hearings. Our services also include post-grant proceedings, such as reexamination, reissue and appellate hearings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, federal and state courts.

Patent Licenses & Assignments

For an individual investor with limited funds, development or production and marketing of an invention, may simply not be possible. Is such situations, a prudent business decision is to consider the licensing, or assignment of the ownership to other interested parties. Be that as it may, our law firm excels at formulating, preparing and executing patent license and assignment agreements. We help our clients negotiate a desirable price, complete all the necessary legal documents and register patent, or application, ownership changes.

Trademarks & Service Marks

In addition to patent services, STEVEN IVY P.C. provides trademark and service mark protection. A trademark, which could be any word or a symbol, represents a brand name and is designed to protect an entity's products or services. A service mark, on the other hand, protects the identity of services being offered by a specific individual, not products. Be that as it may, our law firm helps individuals to secure both trademarks and services marks. Our practice is efficiently managed, and designed specifically to accommodate cost-conscious inventors.


A copyright provides the author of work of art or literature, or anything that conveys information, the right to control its use. The author has the right to control how this information is reproduced, distributed, adopted and displayed. Unlike patents and trademarks, copyright protection attaches automatically upon creation. However, this protection is only offensive in nature, requiring action from its owner. STEVEN IVY P.C. specializes in copyright protection. The firm provides copyright services to individual authors of books, films, technical manuals, artwork, photographs, websites, movie scripts and  computer software. We help with registration, protection and management of all copyrightable materials. In situations where our clients' copyrights are violated, the firm provides a vigorous legal representation to obtain compensation for any losses suffered.

Internet, Software & Domain Name Protection

Today, many individual inventors dedicate their efforts to the internet development, and associated with it software and domain names. Our law firm focuses on protection of your work and creativity. We specialize in protecting software, domain names, and other aspects of internet applications. To ensure that your efforts are not destroyed by dissolute internet predators, protect your work using the available legal means. Our law firm will guide you through the entire process, prepare and file all the necessary legal documentation. For more information contact our office, we are confident in our ability to help.

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