The US patent system has experienced an unprecedented overhaul. To protect, exploit and commercialize their intellectual property assets to the fullest extent, businesses must understand the ramifications of these changes and take proactive steps from the very beginning of the research and development process. We understand our clients’ goals—and those of their competitors—and the business and legal strategies that can lead to long-term success.Our lawyers have significant experience in all aspects of patent-related intellectual property law, including validity and infringment and the effects of recent judicial rulings, as well as the new US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) inter parties review and post-grant challenge proceedings that are the result of the America Invents Act.
Successful companies rely on the power of their trademarks and brands to communicate the quality and distinctiveness of their products and services. Trademarks are often some of the most valuable assets of a company. Infringement or dilution of a mark can cost millions in revenue and goodwill. Our lawyers can assist you with the registration and protection of this valuable asset.
The Internet and today’s digital technology have singularly changed the ability to disseminate and share information around the globe. To maintain a competitive advantage, companies and organizations need clear guidance and creative solutions to protect their copyrighted works. Companies that rely on third-party content need guidance regarding their responsibilities to copyright owners.
In today’s global economy, intense competition, employee mobility, and the proliferation of spin-off and start-up businesses make the protection of trade secrets critical. Often the formulas, devices, techniques, patterns, processes, data compilations, and methods that companies use to bring breakthrough products to market are overlooked from an intellectual property (IP) perspective. Recent headlines confirm the threat of trade secret misappropriation by competitors and nation states, and reported verdicts and settlements in trade secrets misappropriation matters range in the hundreds of millions and even billions.
Whether your business is consumer products, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, heavy equipment, apparel, sporting goods, or graphical user interfaces, when a company has invested heavily in the development of its designs, protection is critical. Your designs separate you from the competition, make your products distinctive, and help preserve your competitive advantage.
A well developed patent or portfolio of patents can be the competitive advantange that your business needs. We can help your business reach its commercial potential using our extensive knowledge of the USPTO and our experience drafting and prosecuting patents. Our lawyers possess experience in all phases of the transactions associated with portfolio management including analysis of existing IP, its worth, and how to best protect it in the future, drafting of licensing agreements to allow for use of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other IP, either by our clients or by business partners of our clients, and drafting of non-compete agreements and work for hire agreements to protect our clients from potential misuse of IP by both employees and independent contractors.
Our lawyers are experienced at negotiating, facilitating, and drafting agreements for the sale of or licensing of IP by our clients to others individuals or entities, as well as drafting of employment procedural handbooks and company policies concerning IP issues.
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