To Protect, Defend and Create Value
Our clients, many of whom have been with us for decades, range from global Fortune 500 companies and large universities to individual inventors and entrepreneurs. We even act as in-house IP counsel for many smaller and mid-size clients, advising start-ups in all aspects of their IP needs and helping them to develop and implement their IP strategies. You can rely on us because unlike so many law firms, we can help you with the full complement of IP services.
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We are a collaborative team of more than 60 attorneys and other professionals, many of whom possess advanced degrees in science and technology – in such fields as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, electrical and computer science, mechanical, materials science and many more. Many have served as examiners in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and have worked in industry as scientists, engineers and in-house IP legal counsel. Your team of dedicated IP professionals is further supported by the attorneys in our FDA, healthcare, regulatory, corporate finance, technology transactions and licensing, government relations and litigation practices. This powerful combination gives you the focus of a true full-service IP boutique within a large multi-practice firm.
active trademark registrations
patents issued annually to our US clients
When it Comes to Intellectual Property, We’ve Got You Covered
Of course, we handle every detail of the procedural matters regarding filings for patent, copyright and trademark protections. That’s all that many firms can do for you. We do much more. In addition to our award-winning patent prosecution and post-issuance practices, we have a strong transactional practice and can provide you with counsel on portfolio management and strategy, licensing and technology transfer, and risk reduction strategies. You can depend on our team to provide strategic guidance on the development, use and enforcement of your IP portfolios, both domestic and international. We can help you develop patent strategies that maximize your IP budgets both in the U.S. and abroad, advise you on critical risk issues, recommend strategies for asserting your IP rights, and even provide analysis related to the IP assets of key competitors.
Protection of Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants. Patents, copyrights and trademarks are critical to your IP protection, but so is safeguarding confidential information for which those protections are unavailable. Through effective restrictive covenants such as non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements and other means, we can help you keep those assets safe as well.
Our International Connections. Our team has close relationships with many foreign officials and law firms. We manage U.S. and international clients’ patent and trademark portfolios around the world, and have coordinated IP litigation in many foreign court systems, including securing and prosecuting infringers. We also advise clients regarding cross-border technology transfers and international joint ventures.
Supporting Even the Newest Industries. As science and the law evolve, so do we. Among the many disciplines our IP team supports is agricultural/medical-related intellectual property, such as that leveraged by the burgeoning cannabis industry. For example, we have experience obtaining U.S. plant patents, which can be used to protect novel strains of cannabis, and in obtaining traditional utility patents, which can be used, for example, to protect new growing methods and equipment and new treatment methods employing cannabis.
As technology makes copyright and trademark protection ever more complex, new rules and procedures from the USPTO, the U.S. Copyright Office and other agencies affect how you protect your intellectual property. For example, we can advise you on how to use the new patent challenge procedures made available to the public by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), and we can work with our FDA practice to advise you on full compliance with The Hatch-Waxman Act.
Many disputes that once were settled before they ever got to the courthouse are now being litigated in the federal district and appellate courts and more recently before the Patent Office under the new AIA procedures. But not just any trial lawyer can be an intellectual property trial lawyer. Explaining complex science and technology to judges and juries takes lawyers who know the science and technology, as well the law, and have the trial skills to convince judges and juries of the correctness of your position. This is the strength of our IP litigation and Patent Office litigation teams.
We have prevailed for clients in complex multi-party and multi-patent-related proceedings, including reversing decisions of the USPTO in U.S. District Courts and handling appeals to the Federal Circuit. We have also defended critical patents of our clients that have been challenged by competitors in the Patent Office and have prevailed in challenging patents that would otherwise impede our clients’ business goals. From selecting the right venue to developing an aggressive trial strategy, and throughout the trial and appellate processes, we assist you every step of the way.