I can say without a doubt that Bay Area IP was the best choice for me. The other companies I worked with either did not have the technical comprehension to assist me with the correct formulation of the patent or wanted 3 times as much. To make matters worse, even though I was willing to pay three times as much (out of sheer desperation) the big firms always had some large client whose business was too close to the area of my art so, they found a conflict without even knowing how distinctly different my product/art is. I learned of Ariel from a person I met at a local makers fair who had used him for a fairly complex mechanical patent that had been granted using Ariel. I am over one year in and my patent is fairly complex. I just received my first allowance on all 9 claims. Patenting is a long and complex process and I am not out of the woods yet but I would not have been able to get this far on my own. I am grateful to Ariel and his team for getting me this far. If you are new to the USPTO process, don't expect a free and easy ride. This is a long and arduous process no matter who you hire to help. Expect to spend many many hours rethinking your definitions and drawings even if you think it is clear to you, because patent language is like mixing technical terms into a new foreign language that you have never heard before.
-Office is very busy and sometimes does not explain things as clearly as would be ideal.
-Email responses, procedures and forms can be can be a little cryptic at times.
-Too busy and sometimes this causes a crunch for the customer leading up to deadlines.
-Not a patent clearinghouse.
-You will learn more about patent filing than you could on your own through the people and process at Bay Area IP.
-Comprehensive searches and consulting so you don't waste your time/money.
-Though they are busy and have missed some deadlines, they always made things right in the end.
-Their technical breadth of knowledge is very solid.
-They take the time to help you file the best patent you can and seem to realize that granted patents are the end goal, not just getting through the first filing or two.
-Good value for the money.
-Offer different tiers of service depending on your goals and needs.
-Comprehensive forms to help you through each step.
-Many more granted patents than most IP attorneys (check this for yourself on google or USPTO patent search).
Although dealing with the staff and procedures can be a little clunky at times, IMO you are getting a highly knowledgeable and skilled IP attorney and staff who cares about getting you the best chances for a granted patent. I would give them 4.5 stars if that was possible.
Review by Adenmuse7 months ago
They did a job to help me to get a patent. But the process is a very long especially their emails response are not good at all. I need to call them to remind the due day is coming. Then they start to process your request. You need to keep track of your schedule and your requests.
Review by Imake TewariName9 months ago
got the patent approval and Ariel S Bentolila did a through research and advice for my patent. The whole team team including Abby are awesome
Review by Pauline Anderson Waks9 months ago
They do excellent work for affordable prices. You have to make an extra effort to communicate with them and their different departments but the end result is great.
Review by Patchlo1 year ago
We have successfully been issued two patents by utilizing the excellent services offered by Bay Area IP. I have always been extremely satisfied with this firm..They go to great extremes to make sure all details are correct and that you understand the process along the way. On top of excellent service their rates are some of the best that I have found. You can't go wrong with this company.
Review by Gouf1 year ago
I could not be happier with Bay Area IP and the work they've done for me getting my patent allowed. My provisional patent was filed 3 years ago but realized it was going to be very costly to use a patent attorney. I searched the web and came across Bay Area IP and learned a great deal from all the information they provided on their website. As is standard practice by the Patent Office, my first application was denied and then Bay Area wrote a response to this denial and 1 month later the Patent Office allowed my patent and I could not be happier. Great Job! The money saved was substantial so I highly recommend Bay Area IP
Review by Jerelk Zenker1 year ago
They missed nearly every deadline, were rude, hung up on me, and then threatened not to complete the work I'd paid for unless I removed a negative Yelp review. They were not willing to have a simple conversation to make things right.
I will not work with them again nor ever recommend them to a friend.
Look at their response. They don't take any responsibility for missing deadlines or treating me badly, they just attack attack attack. She talks about how I did something wrong in ordering one of their packages, but they didn't have to take my money. They knew about our previous conversations, but they took my money and then did a TERRIBLE JOB. They never once sincerely apologized for being almost two weeks late with a part of my job. With them it's just deflect attack deflect, then stonewall you when you try to talk through the problem with someone other than the secretary. If they had let me have one sincere conversation with someone other than terrible Abby or Hang-Up Happy Mai, I would have been much more understanding about their failures.
Review by Zviko1 year ago
Very great company love their quick response to all my email and I recieved Notice of Allowance and I would recommend anyone to them. Thanks
Review by Beathag Falsis1 year ago
Internationals requiring US Patent, stop here and Bay Area IP will do the rest. Very professional, very courteous and communicate all processes. Make no mistake, the USPTO is a pit full of dangers for the inexperienced. Just let Bay Area IP do the work for you at extremely competitive rates and get the right result, a Patent like I did.
Review by BSallas2 years ago
My father and I had a great idea and now 3 years later we have a patent. We had no experience with this process and they walked us through it, step by step. We had a great experience working with Bay Area IP and will be working with them in the future, no doubt.
Review by Hongtao2 years ago
This is my first patent and I had no idea how long and difficult the process was going to be. Being a first time inventor and on a very limited budget I was completely lost until I found Bay Area IP on line. They helped me through the hole process for a very reasonable price and the great pricing didn't stop after the first step was completed but continued through each step of the patent process.
If you have an idea you think you should patent you owe it to yourself to contact Bay Area IP and see how they can help you.
Review by Meiping2 years ago
The team at BAIP helped me accomplish a NOA for my patent, and continues to give me very good advice on how to proceed. They are now preparing me for the national stage!! They are very friendly and knowledgeable, and their prices are great!!!
Thank you everyone at BAIP!!!
Review by Tenterfields Kavoukjian2 years ago
I must say Bayarea IP has done an exceptionally well job writing a broad patent that covered all details of my invention. They also did a thorough prior art search so that there wasn't any complications that would have halted issuance of the patent filing. BAip was resilient and dedicated in their efforts and Ariel was competent in his expertise! Their dedication and competence showed tremendously when my 20 claims were denied twice but by the final office action all 20 claims were accepted. I have great gratitude and trust in Bayarea ip to get the job done and will be going back for my second patent filing. I highly recommend them if you need a patent firm that works with you every step of the way. A+ rating!
Review by NothingBettertodo3 years ago
Very pleasant experience reasonable prices great results
Review by Changclan3 years ago
They have excellent expertise with the formulation of patent claims. They spare no effort to explain to USPTO the most sophisticated details of the invention, and make sure the patent is allowed. The prices are reasonable. I have already received two patent through them, and I will use the firm in the future.
Review by Payaso Chisti3 years ago
I am glad we chose Bay Area IP to process a very complex software patent. Ariel's experience and knowledge helped us get approval - on a modest budget.
BAIP did a great job in helping us understand the process; and in framing our patent application in broad enough terms that would be considered allowable by USPTO.
We went back and forth with USPTO multiple times; and each time BAIP helped us figure out the ideal way to move forward. Ariel did two interviews with the examiner - which we believe were key to getting approval.
I would not hesitate to recommend BAIP for software IP needs.
Review by Greenpana4 years ago
Recently got my patent approved. I will use Bay Area again
Review by Verpooten4 years ago
They are a very cost effective office for getting your patent. The patent was well written and we would use them again.
Review by Adenike Dynus4 years ago
Bay Area IP helped me to obtain a US utility patent and then kindly gave me a referral to a European patent attorney to help me in obtaining an EU patent. I am planning on using them again in the next few months to file another US utility patent because of the good experience and great pricing on the first patent. If you need a patent attorney with great pricing and great service then Bay Area IP is the one to go with.
Review by Vernet4 years ago
They are professional and courteous.
Review by Philbee Sesate4 years ago
I have been working with “Bay Area IP Group” for about two years now, and I just received my USPTO patent approval. I was originally going to try and file a patent on my own, but I’m so glad I didn’t because there are so many unforeseen components to the patent process.
From the very beginning “Bay Area IP Group” made filing for a patent ease. They walked me through a step-by-step application process that was incredibly simple. When I was done I couldn’t believe how well I had described my patent.
Then they tweaked and molded my application until it was perfect. In the end I had a well written patent application that was easy for the USPTO to approve. Unfortunately they didn’t approve my patent the first time, but “Bay Area IP Group” showed me how to reply to the USPTO’s concerns. The second time around my patent was approved.
I highly recommend “Bay Area IP Group” because their prices are very reasonable, they walk you through the though challenges of patent application, they offer you recommendations and suggestions that you would never figure out on your own.
I will soon be the proud owner of a USPTO patent. I know that I could have never done this alone. “Bay Area Intellectual Property Group” guided me every step of the way. Over the next year or two I plan on using them to further enhance my paten with modifications and add-ons, once again something I wouldn’t have known about without their assistance.
Review by Hortance Fourtzis4 years ago
Bay Area IP did a utility patent and it was recently allowed. They are keen on technologies and able to tell you the value of your inventions. They know every trick in the book and very familiar with the process. The fee is reasonable. Before the work begins, they send the instructions by email, which contains valuable information. Now I am looking to build a patent portfolio by filing a continuation-in-part. They advise me to keep the patent application chain alive to draw interest from investors for future venture business or patent licensing business.
Review by Berl Stefanoglou4 years ago
After numerous attempts to speak with a real person from other online legal services I found Bay Area IP online. I live in the Bay Area, but soon realized that their scope of work was not geocentric and folks were always there to answer my questions and guide me along the right path. I am excited to say that because of Bay Area IP I have been awarded a patent from the USPTO and we are now in production! Bay Area IP put me at ease and took care of my needs at a very reasonable price. Thanks again,
Los Gatos, CA
Review by Melchezidek4 years ago
If you need the job done right the first time I highly recommend these guys, they do good work.
Review by Cathayy Okpako4 years ago
BAIP did an outstanding job of reinforcing the Claims to enable my patent to be granted, with elegant arguments and legal wording to get all Claims through the 2nd Office Action. I am extremely impressed and I highly recommend their patent services.