Patent attorney Patent lawyer serving Crossville, Cookeville, Chattanooga, Cleveland, Maryville, Nashville, Sevierville, Johnson City, Bristol, Morristown, Kingsport, Jefferson City, Oak Ridge, East Tennessee. Knox Patents: Kulaga Law Office, Knoxville 37901
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Kulaga Law Office, PLLC


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 30034
Knoxville, TN 37930-0034
Physical Address:
8044 Ray Mears Blvd, Ste 108
Knoxville, Tenn. 37919

Patent Attorney Practice Areas

Knox Patents: Kulaga Law Office, PLLC, provides a broad range of Intellectual Property services, including Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets. Thomas Kulaga, a patent attorney at Knox Patents, has experience working as an engineer and has experience gained by operating his own business. This experience enables Knox Patents to understand the business reasons for obtaining patent, copyright, and trademark protection. See the White Paper prepared by Tom Kulaga identifying factors that should be considered by businesses for protecting their intellectual property.


Letters Patent issued to an inventor by the PTOA United States patent, issued by the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), allows the patent owner to prevent others from making, using, selling, or importing into the United States any product that infringes upon the claims of the patent. Foreign patent protection requires that a patent be obtained in each country in which protection is desire. The patent practice of Knox Patents includes:

  • Counseling inventors and business persons on the need and desirability of patent protection, both United States and foreign patent protection
  • Performing patentability searches
  • Preparing patent applications, including the written description, drafting the drawings, and preparing the formal papers required by the PTO
  • Prosecuting (negotiating with the PTO) patent applications
  • Maintaining patents after issue (sending reminders of upcoming patent renewal dates)
  • Preparing Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) international patent applications
  • Working with foreign patent attorneys to obtain foreign patent protection
  • Enforcing patent rights
  • Reviewing competitor's products to determine infringement
  • Reviewing competitor's patents to determine validity
  • Assisting clients in designing around a patent
  • Reviewing products to determine if the product infringes a competitor's patent
  • Preparing Infringement Opinions
  • Preparing Invalidity Opinions
  • Performing company audits to ensure intellectual property is fully protected by patents



Copyright Symbol at Knox PatentsA copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of "original works of authorship," including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. The Knox Patents copyright practice includes:

  • Counseling on the need and desirability of copyright protection
  • Preparation of copyright applications
  • Responding to Copyright Office comments as they arise
  • Forwarding copyright registrations to clients
  • Performing company audits to ensure intellectual property is fully protected by copyrights


TrademarksCommon Law Trademark Symbol

Federal Registered Trademark SymbolA trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design that identifies the source of a product or service. A service mark is the same as a trademark, except it relates to a service as opposed to a product. The Knox Patents trademark practice includes:

  • Counseling on the need and desirability of trademark protection
  • Performing trademark searches
  • Preparing trademark applications (Federal and State)
  • Prosecuting applications before the PTO
  • Maintaining trademarks after registration (sending reminders of upcoming renewals)
  • Preparing and filing renewal declarations
  • Recording trademarks with US Customs and Border Protection
  • Performing company audits to ensure intellectual property is fully protected by trademarks
  • Domain Name disputes under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRRP)


Trade Secrets

A trade secret is information that is not publicly known, but offers a competitive advantage. The Knox Patents trade secret practice includes:

  • Counseling on the need and desirability of trade secret protection
  • Performing company audits to ensure your intellectual property is fully protected


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Letters Patent issued by the PTO to the inventor of a patent

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