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 leading IP services company in the United States, the USPTO selected Cardinal to conduct their PCT searches and prepare preliminary opinions across all subject categories. Cardinal offers an experienced team of over 150 U.S.-based research professionals, more than half holding Masters, Ph.D.s, and/or J.D.s.

Be confident that your IP services provider is secure. 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 Cardinal 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

Professionals


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

Cardinal has the largest and most experienced team of IP professionals in the industry.
Interested in joining one of the Cardinal staff teams listed below? View the career opportunities currently available within the company.


Corporate Management

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

Our project managers facilitate your IP project and keep you abreast of the progress. All of them have J.D.s with years of experience in their respected technology fields, so you can be confident that your project is being managed by the best and brightest in the IP services industry. View our project management teams biographies here.


Account Management

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. View our account management teams biographies here.


Research

Our research staff includes over 150 scientists, patent agents, attorneys,* and former patent examiners – individuals with highly specialized backgrounds and many years of experience within their fields. All research professionals are based in the United States.

Because we do not outsource any of our services, Cardinal is able to maintain the highest standards of quality, confidentiality, and accountability.


Technology

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 clients’ expectations and maintains our clients’ security.


Paralegal

Our paralegals provide legal process outsourcing and docketing services to a variety of clients.

They are highly trained in the areas of IP prosecution, jurisdictional rules, and a variety of IP 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
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  • 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