"Bridging the gap between the Digital Arts and Patent Law"



PatentVentures (SM) premium consulting services and resources are principally for high-tech corporations and law firms. Our consulting clientele hire us for our unique overlapping expertise in the digital arts and patent law. Typical clients are companies in the fields of computers, networking, communications, electronics, and law-firms serving such companies.

Consulting Services Overview (in PDF)
(condensed to a single page)

(read what others have to say about us)

Portfolio of Patent Application Work (in PDF)
(only those already published)

Expert Directed Prior Art Searches (in PDF)
(overview of comprehensive techniques)

Example Patent Family Analysis Techniques:
Patent Family Tree Map (in PDF)
(graph showing patent family relationships)

Patent Family Unified Text (1MB PDF)
(searchable companion to tree map; best downloaded)


"Understanding and exploiting relationships unseen by others"



Senior Members of the Technical Staff:


Bennett Smith
MSEE, Registered Patent Agent,
Senior Member IEEE, President and Owner
Smith's condensed bio
Smith's resume in PDF
Computer Design Textbook Smith co-authored


Korbin Van Dyke *
MSEE, Registered Patent Agent,
Member of the IEEE and the ACM
Van Dyke's condensed bio
Van Dyke's resume in PDF
Patents for which Van Dyke is co-inventor



Contact Info

Premium Consulting Services for Computer, Communications, and Networking Companies, and their Legal Counsel


Our work is characterized by thoroughness, quality, insightful understanding of the technology, and the ability to get the job done with a minimum burden on you and your key contributors. Our services will be cost-effective for those who value the foregoing attributes. We only take on projects that are of major strategic importance to the client, generally corresponding to significant amounts of work.


Experts in Computer Engineering, Digital Systems, and Integrated Circuits


We perform special technical projects of either a short term or continuing nature. We have extensive design backgrounds in computer systems, microprocessor logic, and integrated circuits. Smith is a co-inventor on 6 computer related patents and is a co-author of a text on microprocessor and computer systems design. Van Dyke is a co-inventor on 40 computer related patents.



Drafting and Review of Strategic Patent Applications and Claims


We specialize in strategic patent applications and claims in the digital arts, particularly computer related hardware and systems.

Portfolio of Patent Application Work (in PDF)
(only those already published)

USPTO Registration Lookup for Smith and Van Dyke

Title 35 Sec. 10.57 (in PDF)
(registered patent agents are inherently obligated by these USPTO disciplinary rules to keep their client's information confidential)

Patent Services "Engagement" Agreement (in PDF)

(includes our Ts&Cs and Title 35 Sec. 10.57)

Intellectual Property Management and Auditing


Smith has managed the patent portfolio for a start-up company that was acquired for $850-million. Working with your counsel as required, we perform pre-issue and pre-acquisition auditing of claims and portfolios and offer preliminary assessments of claim relevance.


Liaison to Legal Counsel for the Corporate Executive


We provide an interface to outside legal counsel; audit or contribute claims in strategic patent applications; help outside legal counsel understand the technology with a minimum burden on key contributors and executive staff; assist counsel with infringement analysis; and assist outside patent practitioners respond to problematic patent office rejections.


Support for Legal Counsel and the Courts



We provide support for litigation or patent application activities, including adeptly explaining complex concepts to the lay person; helping with claim construction; review of specification requirements; comparing patent claims to accused products or the prior art; identifying and explaining the key documents from within thousands of pages; performing high quality invalidity searches; and identifying and explaining the shortcomings of the asserted prior art.



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* For enagements begun after 1/1/05, Mr. Van Dyke is an independent consultant and subcontractor to PatentVentures.

PatentVentures is a sole-proprietorship owned by Bennett Smith.