About Us

Cardinal is the leading intellectual property services company in the United States. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, law firms, and educational institutions.

As the premier provider of patent research, Cardinal has been contracted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to conduct their PCT searches and prepare the preliminary opinions across all subject categories. We have an experienced team of over 150 research professionals, the majority of whom are JDs or PhDs, and all of whom are U.S.-based.

Cardinal also provides technology solutions for intellectual property management including Invention Disclosure Processing, Docketing, E-Discovery, and Competitive Monitoring. Our technology platforms incorporate rigorous security and data protection standards. As an additional level of protection, we maintain confidentiality for our clients using the same diligence and procedures as a law firm. We do not outsource our software or research services, enabling the company to maintain the highest standards of quality, confidentiality and accountability.


Security


Cardinal is an industry leader in secure IP services. As a government contractor, our systems must annually pass a Federal Information System Management Act (FISMA) audit based on National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) requirements.

In addition, we voluntarily undergo semi-annual third party SSAE-16 audits. A report from this audit is available to current and potential clients. Our services are hosted from a Tier III data center and our data backups are transported to a secure offsite facility by a reputable tape vaulting service.

Cardinal is 100% U.S. owned and operated. All of our staff members are employees who have passed rigorous background checks.

Looking for additional information regarding Cardinal’s security standards? Our security team would be happy to assist you. Please contact us with any questions, or to request a copy of our current SSAE-16 audit report.


Standard Security Controls

Management Security
Security Assessment and Authorization
Multiple annual security audits
Planning
Documented system security plan
Risk Assessment
Automated vulnerability and configuration compliance scanning
Security Assessment and Authorization
Multiple annual security audits
Operational Security
Awareness and Training
Required security awareness training for all employees
Configuration Management
Enforced system security baseline configurations
Contingency Planning
Disaster recovery plan, cyber incident insurance
Incident Response
Incident response training and testing
Maintenance
Scheduled system maintenance tasks performed by approved personnel
Media Protection
Secure offsite backup data vaulting
Personnel Security
Rigorous background checks required for all employees
Physical and Environmental Protection
Tier III data center
System and Information Integrity
Malicious code protection, virus and spam protection, scheduled software patch updates
Technical Security
Access Control
Role and permission based system access control restrictions, separation of duties
Audit and Accountability
Extensive system event logging, monitoring, and auditing
Identification and Authentication
2-factor authentication
System and Communication Protection
Intrusion prevention system and encrypted data communications

People


Cardinal IP is 100% U.S. owned and operated. Our staff of full-time employees all undergo rigorous background checks before being approved for hire.

Interested in joining one of the Cardinal staff teams listed below? View the career opportunities currently available within the company.


Management Team

With decades of experience in intellectual property services and technology, Cardinal’s senior executives guide the organization to help clients solve their IP problems every single day.


Project Management Team

Our project managers facilitate your IP project and keep you abreast of the progress. All are J.D.s with years of experience in their respected technology fields, so you can be confident that your project is being handled by the best and brightest in the IP services industry.


Account Management Team

Cardinal’s account management staff is focused on customer service. From initial intake to the final delivery of your project, our account managers make sure you are 100% satisfied with your results and our service.


Research Professionals

At Cardinal, you will find the largest and most experienced team of research professionals within the intellectual property industry. Our research staff includes scientists, patent agents, attorneys* and former patent examiners – individuals with highly specialized backgrounds and many years of experience within their fields. All Cardinal professionals are based in the United States. Because we do not outsource our intellectual property services, Cardinal is able to maintain the highest standards of quality, confidentiality and accountability.


Technology Professionals

Cardinal’s technology group is responsible for the development and maintenance of our proprietary cloud-based system architecture, as well as the software applications we provide and support for our clients. This talented team consistently delivers secure, powerful, intuitive solutions that exceed client expectations and maintain our clients’ security.


Paralegal Professionals

Our Cardinal paralegals provide legal process outsourcing and docketing services to a variety of clients. Our paralegal professionals are highly trained in the areas of intellectual property prosecution, jurisdictional rules, and a variety of intellectual property management and docketing software.


Careers


It is the policy of Cardinal to provide equal opportunity in employment to all employees and applicants for employment. We are an equal opportunity employer who fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, genetic information or testing, family and medical leave, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination.

Cardinal is expanding! Cardinal is always on the hunt for experienced patent agents, as well as attorneys* with engineering or science backgrounds. Ideal candidates are self-starters, deadline-disciplined, and enthusiastic. We currently have specific openings in many of our departments, as well. Navigate the open job list section below to view details about these exciting career opportunities.

Click here to view a full list of open positions.

Invalidity Search Options
  • Basic Validity

    U.S. & Worldwide Patents + Patent Publications & Non-Patent

    Includes

    • Independent Claims Only (Single Inventive Concept)
    • Essential NPL Searching
    • Claim Mapping / Analysis Available
    • 5-7 Business Days
    Quote
  • Standard Validity

    U.S. & Worldwide Patents + Patent Publications & Non-Patent

    Includes

    • Independent Claims Only (Single Inventive Concept)
    • Essential NPL Searching
    • Claim Mapping / Analysis Available
    • 5-7 Business Days
    Quote
  • Premium Validity

    U.S. & Worldwide Patents + Patent Publications & Non-Patent

    Includes

    • Independent Claims Only (Single Inventive Concept)
    • Essential NPL Searching
    • Claim Mapping / Analysis Available
    • 5-7 Business Days
    Quote
  • Redbird Validity

    U.S. & Worldwide Patents + Patent Publications & Non-Patent

    Includes

    • Independent Claims Only (Single Inventive Concept)
    • Essential NPL Searching
    • Claim Mapping / Analysis Available
    • 5-7 Business Days
    Quote