How is Lauson & Tarver different from other small I.P. firms?
We truly strive to create value, initially providing an objective assessment of I.P. related issues, and then becoming zealous but reasonable advocates for our clients. We communicate well with clients so they understand benefits and risks associated with decisions related to their I.P. This enables us to deliver results which meet or exceed expectations.
How and why did you get involved with patent law?
Prior to law school I worked as an engineer for major Southern California aerospace companies, and although doing arguably important work it was focused on a small part of these big projects. So I sought more interesting work with greater responsibility. Being a patent attorney enables me to make a difference in obtaining and enforcing patents, trademarks, etc. for small companies.
What do you find most and least satisfying about your work?
The opportunities to right wrongs, to turn around a situation where our client was taken advantage of, to get economic reward for a client who created significant intellectual property, to stop an infringer or defeat a frivolous infringement claim, etc. Occasionally frustrating is dealing with obstructionist opposing attorneys, and abusers of the legal system who sometimes get away with it.
What outside interests do you have?
For physical fitness I am a badminton player and a member of the Board of Directors for our local badminton club. Weekly I play chess with a group of guys who have been meeting at a now retired doctor’s house for 35+years. I also have two amazing, young daughters.
What trends do you foresee in the area of IP?
In general, particularly regarding patents, life has become more difficult in recent years. Certainty or the Patent Court’s desire to clarify boundaries of such rights has suffered. But still there is much opportunity, in protecting one’s invention, so if successful there will be some defense against knock-offs. Similarly a catchy trademark or slogan can greatly help market one’s products, and registering copyrighted material is relatively easy and provides great benefits. We still have many useful tools in our toolbox.