Why would you as a firefighter want to use a patent attorney that is a professional fire fighter and an Inventor?

Why would you as a firefighter want to use a patent attorney that is a professional fire fighter and an Inventor?
by Andrew Spriegel
January 12, 2011

Many of the advances made in firefighting and EMS equipment and training have been made by firefighters and paramedics.  So if you are one of the numerous firefighter/EMS inventors, who do you go to write a patent to protect your idea?  Paul Filon, full-time lieutenant and paramedic in the Strongsville Fire Department and a licensed and registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Paul works at Spriegel & Associates, LLC (Patent & Trademark Attorneys) in Hudson, Ohio, http://www.Smart2Patent.com.

In addition to working as an EMT/paramedic for 22 years and a firefighter for 16 years, Mr. Filon is also chemistry specialist and Haz-Mat technician for the regional Haz-Mat and bomb teams.  He is experienced in several technical rescue disciplines and teaches a variety of firefighter and EMS classes.

Spriegel & Associates, LLC is gaining a reputation as working with firefighters, Captain Phil McLean is one of their clients and one of those inventor/firefighter types that owns Sensible Products Inc. (www.senpro.net), in Richfield, Ohio.  Phil and his business partner, retired Fire Chief, Russ English are quality manufacturers of unique holders and bracketry for fittings, adapters, brass goods and tools mounted on fire trucks.  Here is what Phil has to say about working with Paul:

I have worked with Paul Filon on several occasions related to product development. With his Fire Service background and knowledge of Emergency Services it made the development and patent process easy for me and my company as we were developing a new product in the business. He is an energetic worker and has a passion for all the work and all of his professions.  His multi-professional experience was and continues to be an asset to our project.

Yet another firefighter/physician’s assistant/inventor that has worked with Paul Filon on patenting a unique product is Calvin Davis.  Cal has been a firefighter for 17 years and a Physician’s Assistant for over a decade.  This is what Cal has to say about working with Paul:

When you have an idea to make your job as a firefighter safer, easier, or more efficient you talk about it with your fellow fire fighters.  If you have an idea you think may qualify for patent protection then you should talk to a fire fighter who is also a patent attorney.  I was fortunate to be referred to Paul by a fellow fire fighter, and I am doing that favor for you with this recommendation.  Paul was prompt to respond to questions, easy to talk to, and very thorough.  I did a lot of research and spent a lot of time on the path of self application for a patent.  Save yourself time, money, stress, and possible loss of patent protection and call Paul Filon.


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