Patent

We prepare and help you file provisional, utility, and design patents to help you build an IP portfolio with real market value. We excel at identifying and protecting our clients’ innovations. We handle all aspects surrounding a patent’s lifecycle including: conducting patentability analyses; preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications; managing patent portfolios and technology transfers; and enforcement. Additionally, we are experienced in all aspects of patent prosecution, including patent interference, reexamination, reissue, and appellate proceedings before the USPTO and the Federal Circuit.

From our initial client intake, we go above and beyond simply patenting a client’s invention. Our team’s emphasis on creativity allows us to assist you in identifying what exactly it is that can be patented, trademarked, copyrighted, or kept as a trade secret. We are not a patent mill. Instead, our out-of-the-box thinking helps companies “mine” their intellectual property. We often begin with questions such as “why are you getting a patent?”; “who are your biggest competitors?”; and “what area of dominance do you want to have?” We strongly encourage brainstorming sessions that explore beyond the narrow confines of what was invented and look at the broader landscape of what can be protected. With this approach, we help our clients extract a purposeful set of intellectual property rights that not only hold commercial value, but align with our clients’ goals.

Trademark

Your market reputation and image are important. We help protect your brand through strategic trademark registration. We have significant experience in counseling our clients about trademark matters, and developing cost-effective strategies to identify and protect our clients’ rights.

We are skilled in handling all aspects of trademark law, including conducting trademark searches and clearances, prosecuting applications, providing opinions, resolving domain name disputes, seizing counterfeit goods, handling a variety of opposition and cancellation proceedings through the TTAB, and litigating trademark matters, along with negotiating co-existence and licensing agreements. In addition, we have considerable experience developing branding strategies and maintaining global trademark portfolios.

We understand that our clients’ trade names and trademarks can be one of their most valuable assets, and work with our global network of associates to obtain and enforce our client’s rights around the world. In conjunction with those efforts, we also work with our partners to identify, track, and seize counterfeit products and stop importation and prevent sales of infringing goods.

Copyright

We are well-versed in copyright law. In addition to our experience in preparing and filing copyright applications in the U.S. and abroad, we are experts in handling a wide range of copyright issues, including licensing, assignment, and enforcement of our clients’ copyright rights, privacy policies and other website-related issues, as well as defending against allegations of infringement of third party’s rights.

Because of the often overlapping nature of patent, trademark and copyright laws, we strive to ensure that our team is skilled in all three areas. This is critical as our clients often bring to us inventive concepts that can be protected under patent law, expressions of these concepts protected under copyright law, and associated product names, trade names, product packaging, and trade dress protected under trademark law. Thus, no matter the issue, we use our combined decades of knowledge and experience to offer our clients customized strategies to protect and enforce their rights.

Litigation and Enforcement

Once we procure intellectual property rights for our clients, we work with them to maximize the value of those rights. Whether through brute force such as litigation, or through fluid negotiations to procure a licensing deal, our team can shepherd your intellectual property to realize your business goals.

Our enforcement strategies go beyond the courtroom. Depending on our clients’ needs, we often utilize a combined approach that includes conducting investigations into potential and actual infringers, actively notifying infringers of their activity through cease and desist letters, working with our partners to enforce our clients’ rights at the borders to stop the import of infringing goods, and litigating in state and federal courts and at the International Trade Commission, to protect and enforce our clients’ rights.

We have successfully handled various state and federal court proceedings, including appeals to the Federal and Ninth Circuits to the advantage of our clients. We also are well-experienced in negotiating and structuring licensing and other buy-out arrangements for our clients. In addition, we have leveraged our clients’ intellectual property to successfully seize shipments of counterfeit products at the borders in the U.S. and abroad. Simply put, we don’t just obtain a patent or a trademark for you; we make it work for you.