Intellectual Property

The attorneys of our Intellectual Property practice group work to provide comprehensive plans to obtain and protect the development of new technology and the goodwill associated with client brands by obtaining and enforcing patents, trademarks, and copyrights, as well as by protecting trade secrets and addressing instances of false advertising.

Clients rely on our attorneys to protect business IP at all points in development throughout the world.  We provide needed legal assessments, such as patentability opinions, trademark clearance opinions, infringement opinions, non-infringement opinions, invalidity opinions, title opinions, and freedom to operate opinions.  We shepherd patent, trademark, and copyright applications to issuance domestically, and through a network of foreign associates in markets outside the US.  We handle transactions related to IP licensing, mergers, and acquisitions, as well as employment agreements and non-competes. When the situation arises, our experienced trial counsel handle patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright trials and appeals in federal and state courts involving “bet the company” litigation and matters involving injunctive relief on an emergency basis with the goal of efficient resolution.

For situations where IP protection is part of a more expansive matter, we collaborate with related practice groups to ensure the client’s needs are fully addressed.  These efforts include addressing employment issues in conjunction with the Employment and Labor Law group, addressing IP components of larger transactions and projects with the Corporate group, or providing trial assistance to the Commercial Litigation group when IP issues arise.

  • Caroline C. Pace
  • James E. Hudson III
  • William P. Jensen
  • James E. Smith
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