We are a collection of engineers and inventors that are passionate about patenting. Our attorneys and agents are licensed to represent your invention before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO). The team assembled can search, write, file, and prosecute a patent application for your invention in countries worldwide.

Our Team Leadership

Greg Carson - Patent Attorney

Greg Carson: Patent Attorney – Biomedical Engineer

Gregory (Greg) D Carson is part of our leadership team, primary patent practitioner, and lawyer. He is a USPTO Registered Patent Practitioner (patent attorney), a California attorney (lawyer), inventor, and engineer. Greg has been working with the latest new human technologies since 1986 when he joined the United States Air Force as a Clinical Engineering Officer. His patenting experience includes a wide range of utility and design inventions. His patent engineering experience includes biomedical, electrical, mechanical, and software inventions. The most important thing about Greg is his passion for helping fellow inventors seek patent protection for their inventions and ideas.

Greg’s Bar Admissions

  • Greg’s Patent License – United States Patent and Trademark Office [USPTO] – verify at USPTO.
  • Greg’s Law License – The State Bar of California – verify at CA BAR.

Greg’s Education

  • University of Iowa, Biomedical Engineering, B.S., 1986
  • University of Iowa, Biomedical Engineering, M.S., 1991
  • University of La Verne College of Law, J.D., 2016
Cassie Hannan - Patent Paralegal

Cassie Hannan: Patent Paralegal

Cassie Hannan is part of our leadership team and our primary patent paralegal. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Her experience includes patents and trademarks. For patents, she has experience with patent searching, patent application development, and patent prosecution. For trademarks, she does it all from searching, writing, and filing to office action response drafting. Cassie’s passion is learning new things and developing new skills.

Cassie’s Education

  • University of Iowa, Business Management, B.S., 2021
Melly Retana - Legal Assistant

Melissa (Melly) Retana is part of our leadership team, our legal assistant, and webmaster. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, San Bernardino. She has experience with investigating the facts of cases, conducting legal research, drafting legal articles, and editing documents. She has worked with business formations and patent prosecution actions. Melly is passionate about personal development in all aspects of life as well as helping other achieve success.

Melly’s Education

  • California State University, San Bernardino, Criminal Justice, B.A., 2020

Carson Patents Team – Patent Help Affiliates

Affiliations with Intellectual Property Attorneys and Patent Agents in the United States

The Carson Patents team maintains relationships with a collection of intellectual property attorneys and patent agents throughout the United States. We have relationships with licensed patent attorneys and licensed patent agents in states across the country. When we cannot help you directly, one of our outstanding affiliated patent agents, patent attorneys, or lawyers can likely help you with your patent, trademark, or copyright needs.

Our leadership team is primarily focused on pursuing patent protection for inventions. When our team is not available for patent litigation, licensing agreements, infringement litigation, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, or if all you need are patent drawings, please consider choosing one of our outstanding affiliates.

Affiliations with Intellectual Property Attorneys Around the world

The Carson Patents team maintains relationships with a collection of intellectual property attorneys around the world. We have relationships internationally with licensed patent attorneys and agents. When we cannot help you directly, one of our outstanding Intellectual property affiliated agents, attorneys, or lawyers can likely help you with your patent, trademark, or copyright needs. Read about our diversity, equity, and inclusion policies.

International Patenting Available

International Utility and Plant Patenting Starts with a PCT Application

The Carson Patents team can help with patenting your invention all around the world. One of the choices available for filing a complete and proper utility or plant patent application is to file a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The PCT application can be filed directly into WIPO or indirectly through the USPTO. We offer both options, but we recommend that American inventors file PCT applications through the USPTO. Additionally, we also recommend selecting the United States as the International Search Authority unless the specific circumstances necessitate otherwise.

A complete and proper PCT patent application that is properly submitted to WIPO results in the invention being patent pending worldwide. The same is true when the application is submitted to the USPTO, and they transmit it to WIPO. Importantly, the PCT is a two stage patent application process that also requires a patent application in each country where you wish to seek patent protection.

There is no international patent. Patents are issued and controlled on an individual country basis. An application connected to the PCT must be filed individually in each country where protection is sought. The PCT is only an international patent pending application. Read more about the PCT.

International Design Patenting Includes a Hague Application

The Carson Patents team can help with seeking design (industrial design) patent protection for your unique ornamental design or industrial design in the United States and internationally. One of the choices available for filing a complete and proper design patent application is to file an international industrial design patent application, called a Hague application with WIPO.

The Hague application is filed directly into WIPO. The Hague application cannot be field at the USPTO, but a design patent that is from or connected to the application at WIPO can be issued if allowable. Unlike the PCT, Hague applications permit you to register for multiple patents in multiple countries in a single application. Read more about The Hague.

International Trademarking Starts with a U.S. Registration

The Carson Patents team can help with trademarking your logo, name, slogan, or audio clip internationally. The international registration of a trade or service mark is done in two steps. First, the trade or service mark is registered in the United States at the USPTO. After we file and register your trade or service mark in the United States, the second step is to file it internationally under the Madrid Protocol implemented through WIPO. Through the Madrid Protocol, there is a single application for seeking trademark protection in most major countries or regions around the world. Read more about registering trademarks internationally.

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