At, we set up an app that gives you immediate access to a number of pre-screened, highly experienced patent lawyers in the Bay Area through the simplicity of a text message. The good news is that there are many great Bay Area patent attorneys, so you have a huge field to choose from.
Here are some pointers and things to look for when shopping for an attorney for your startup:
1. Price: During your company’s early stages, you going to try to limit overhead and daily operational expenses. Hiring a lawyer is always an expense to account for. However, you want to be sure that the money you spend on an attorney is a good, and competitive value for the legal services provided; saving you company money and headaches in the long run.
2. Experience/Track Record: It’s always a good idea to find an attorney who has worked with companies similar to yours. Familiarity with your company’s industry breeds trust, and having your legal concerns addressed effectively.
3. Professional Chemistry: A good lawyer-client relationship is vital to having your company’s legal goals met. You will spend a lot of time with your attorney, and it’s difficult to move your company forward if you hire an attorney that you can’t get along with.
4. Software engineering background (Optional): Patent attorneys generally have to come from a hard science/engineering background to sit for the patent bar exam. However, if you can find a patent attorney who either studied computer science, and/or worked as a software engineer, he or she will be able to understand the technical side of your software patent.
One last note that I think is important is that the best lawyer for your company may not necessarily be the most expensive. There are so many highly-qualified and fully-capable lawyers in the CA area that are affordable for startups. Many clients will mistakenly hire big-firm attorneys thinking high legal costs = the best lawyer. In reality, this can sometimes hurt startups, because such lawyers have a large caseload (meaning less time spent on your startup) and cost an exorbitant amount. So my best advice it to be diligent in your research and not to jump at the biggest names on the list.
We have impressive patent attorneys available on. Our legal marketplace makes it easy and affordable for inventors to get the legal support they need. We offer free initial consults and flat-fee pricing. Good luck with your search! If there is anything I can personally do for you, please do not hesitate to let me know.