The Patent Box is a patent research website designed to help patent agents and attorneys prosecute US patent applications with greater efficiency and success. The Patent Box is currently used by practitioners at both small and large firms as well as by in-house patent counsel.

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Paul Dougherty

Paul is a former USPTO Patent Examiner and registered US patent agent (Registration No 61,967). In 2009, Paul founded The Patent Box, recognizing the need for a tool designed to help practitioners navigate the nuances of US patent prosecution.

Paul holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Computer Systems Engineering, both from Boston University.


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Richard Brant

Richard is a full-stack web engineer with 15 years of experience designing and developing end-to-end software solutions for companies including National 4-H, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Kaplan Test Prep, and Advanta Bank. He also has experience with start-ups, including his own, The Paper Concierge, which was sold in 2010. He is a graduate of Dickinson College and has experience in a wide range of languages and web-related technologies with particular expertise in Ruby, Ruby on Rails, and Test Driven Development.