In January 2008, Hugh J. Furan contacted Patent Attorney Tara J. Williams about a patent issue, in which a corporation was sent a sample of his invention and later produced and marketed the invention.
“Initially, I needed to get a patent attorney’s eye on a situation that had developed, Hugh said. “I thought she was amazingly caring for an attorney, that she was astute [and] knowledgeable about her field, and that she was willing to put in the time to look into my issues,” he said.
Because of the specific details and legal issues of the situation, Tara was unable to represent Mr. Furan. Ultimately, however, Hugh and the company came to an understanding. From his conversation with her, Hugh believes “I benefited on a financial level, and on a patent level. I gained knowledge that I didn’t have before from her, and also, probably the most important, is that I gained a strategy for dealing with the specific problems of my situation.”
Hugh is currently working on prototypes for several other inventions, and said he will contact Tara about strategies to lessen the possibility of intellectual property theft.
“[If I have a patent issue in the future], I would most definitely come back to Tara,” he said. “In fact, I really wouldn’t consider anyone else.”