LEGAL SERVICES FOR SOLO INVENTORS & STARTUPSWe focus on identifying and creating commercially-relevant barriers to entry against defined competitors


Welcome to the Law Office of Ilya Libenzon.

Our practice covers a wide spectrum of intellectual property services including, preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, opinion services regarding the scope and strength of patents, counseling regarding the protection, enforcement, and licensing of intellectual property rights, and due diligence regarding business transactions involving intellectual property.
We have built a solid reputation upon our legal expertise as well as technical expertise.




What rights do patent holders have? A patent gives its owner the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention. The patent, however, does not necessarily give its owner the right to practice the invention. How could it be?

How to reduce government fees? An inventor can reduce expenses associated with the government fees charged by the Patent Office if qualified for a small entity status ($730) or micro-entity status ($400).

Inventorship vs. ownership. Inventorship and ownership of a patent are two separate and distinct issues. In many cases, a patent is owned by a single inventor, which is an ideal situation that does not present significant legal issues. In some cases, however, the inventor and the owner of the patent may be different when the inventor assigns the patent to an entity, such as a corporation or a university, or to another person.

Provisional vs. non-provisional. A provisional patent application is a special type of application, which gives an inventor a 12-month period to apply for a non-provisional patent application and claim benefit to a filing date of the provisional patent application. Some inventors choose to file a provisional application in order to buy time to find the investors, to secure financing and to allocate the funding for IP protection; some need time to determine whether manufacturing of a product is feasible or not.

An Examiner Interview and INTERVIEW PILOT program. An examiner interview is a useful tool available to an applicant during the patent prosecution process. It allows applicants and examiners to discuss specific issues during patent prosecution in person, over the phone, or via video-conference.