Founded in 1910 with the invention of a mechanical Gooseberry Snipper, the family-held company now holds more than 200 patents. It approached Hartman Global more than 10 years ago, when it needed prompt, local patent assistance.
We were working with a huge firm in Washington, D.C., but it was hard getting them to move quickly, recalled Mike Jacko, Vice President of Engineering for Urschel. The company had modified its designs for one of its largest customers and needed to get the new machine to market. Hartman Global came to the plant in Valparaiso, IN, and immediately started work.
Protecting Design Changes
The firms engineering expertise speeds work critical when time is tight. Our machines are fairly complicated. Because the attorneys are all engineers, they understand the mechanical aspects. I dont have to explain things twice or from scratch, Mike said.
This understanding saves Urschel time and results in more robust patent applications. I dont have to go over their work to double check that its right, he noted. Such accuracy also facilitates the review process. Its rare that youll ever get a patent from application to granting without some change by the examiner, Mike continued. Because of Hartman Globals work, We have fewer rejections and things to change. If there are changes, the firm takes care of it.
Hartman Global also prepares non-disclosure agreements for Urschel to use with its customers to provide additional protection.
Global Patent Expertise
In the end, it comes down to trust. Its
nice to trust that when I need something, I can call, they will come out,
and in a couple of days have something filed for us, he added.