Adding value to our clients by protecting what matters.

What we Do

Design Patents

A design patent protects the appearance of a physical or virtual object. We have obtained dozens of them for our clients.

Utility Patents

We draft and prosecute patent applications for clients in Detroit and around the world. Our specialties are electronics, mechanical, software and optics.

Invention solicitation

We help discover inventions. We work directly with engineering teams to understand what they have invented – before they know it.

We are here to make a difference for our clients. Not to be a patent mill that pumps out applications.

Patents that matter.

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German Engineering meets Patent Law

Technical Expertise

Optics

We draft optics patent applications with hands-on experience in automotive camera design.

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Electronics

Let’s talk inventor to inventor: We know electronics – and hold dozens of our own patents.

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Design

USPTO Design examiners can be very picky. We know, based on experience.

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Mechanical

Many of the applications we file have some mechanical background.

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Passionate about perfection

Patent Practitioners

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Axel Nix

Founder & President

Axel founded Smartpat in 2007. He holds a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany. Axel came to Detroit in 2000 for General Motors, and never left. He has been a registered US patent agent since 2006. He has prosecuted patent applications in many different technology areas and is an expert in automotive electronics, infotainment systems, and autonomous vehicles.

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Joseph Schreiner

Patent Agent

Joseph has been working with Smartpat since 2016. He is a registered patent agent, fluent in English, German, French and Spanish. Joseph holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Arts, Loyola University of Chicago.

We are keeping overhead low to offer our clients better prices

Cost Examples

Design Patent

$1935

Flat Rate: Design Patent Application

  • Drafting and electronic filing
  • Drawings (up to 7 views)
  • Government fee ($380) included
  • Assignment
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Low Complexity Utility Application

$5900

Flat rate: Low complexity application.

  • Drafting specification: Up to 10 pages.
  • Drafting up to 10 claims
  • Up to 3 drawings.
  • USPTO filing fees for a small entity
  • Assignment
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Medium Complexity Utility Application

$8500

Flat rate: Medium complexity application.

  • Drafting specification: Up to 20 pages.
  • Drafting up to 20 claims
  • Up to 10 drawings.
  • USPTO filing fees for a small entity
  • Assignment
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Located in the heart of Detroit.

Where patents matter

1420 Washington Blvd.
Suite 301
Detroit, MI 48226
USA

Phone: (248) 636-2527

Email: contact@smartpat.us

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