For almost every business, protecting and productively using intellectual property is a critical element of long-term growth and success. Our Intellectual Property practice is well positioned to help you integrate IP into your business plan and execute it effectively. Ranked as one of the Top 20 global law firm platforms in the world by Law360, our global presence enables us to quickly address your intellectual property needs anywhere in the world.
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Our global team represents clients in many industries across all of the six major areas of IP:
- Patent protection and portfolio strategy
- Brand protection
- Commercial agreements
- Trade secrets
- IP litigation
- International data protection and privacy.
Why choose us
We have a deep understanding of the interplay between intellectual property rights and the practical needs of your business. Our philosophy is to focus on protecting and enforcing IP in order to advance your business interests and increase shareholder value.
Our IP practice is driven by a total commitment to client success and satisfaction. We achieve this by offering practical and strategic advice, working closely with you to plan, develop and protect your intellectual property.
Expert assistance in the development and in all aspects of implementing enforcement strategies to protect your trademarks and domain names from counterfeiting. We have successfully represented many traditional and non-traditional businesses, including software and internet companies, internationally-renowned fashion houses and diversified technology firms.
Audits and Due Diligence
Intellectual property is often the most valuable corporate asset. Through technology and due diligence audits, we analyze and enable companies to ensure that these assets are adequately protected, identify opportunities for leveraging IP value, and provide a way to effectively manage and control IP assets and capital on an ongoing basis.
A brand is identifiable through trademarks, service marks, trade dress, trade names and domain names, and we are experienced in the creation and implementation of protection programs that ensure you reap the full benefits of brand awareness. You can tap into our extensive experience of selecting trademarks, determining the mark’s availability, obtaining trademark registrations worldwide and policing registrations. We are one of a handful of legal practices that offers a dedicated trademark filing and prosecution service. As a global practice, we file and prosecute trademark applications in our own right in the US, EU, UK, Germany, Russia, Japan, Australia and Saudi Arabia.
You need a proactive approach to protect the intellectual property rights of a new piece of work. We can share extensive experience in all aspects of copyright and design protection including registration, licensing and transfer agreements and the prevention of (or defense against) unauthorized use.
Data Protection & Privacy
Your business data is a key asset of your business. The exponential increase in the quantity of business data has made data protection and privacy a major global concern. However, each jurisdiction has its own set of regulations in this area. As a truly global firm, we understand the nuances of these differences. Our lawyers are highly experienced in dealing with data protection and privacy issues, whether within individual nations or helping clients navigate multiple countries.
A presence on the internet raises a host of commercial and legal issues. Our IP lawyers have extensive experience in all forms of e-commerce transactions – whether standard online retail sales platforms or high-profile, sophisticated e-commerce trading solutions – and will help you secure and maintain all forms of IP required to protect your business.
Intellectual Property Litigation
With a five-continent reach and depth of expertise, our practice represents local as well as multinational companies in IP disputes. We are experienced in the enforcement and defense of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation matters. Our litigators will begin with an evaluation of all available options prior to the initiation of litigation, to ensure the strategy meets your business objectives, and protects your substantive rights. Throughout the course of litigation, we focus our efforts to bring about a successful resolution to the dispute – either at trial or through a negotiated settlement.
Patent reforms in the US have created the opportunity to resolve many disputes within the US Patent and Trademark Office through Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Post Grant Review (PGR). Our lawyers began using these new procedures upon their implementation and were the first to resolve many of the IPRs. These IPRs are faster, and far less expensive than normal district court litigation and should be considered whenever planning or defending a litigation.
Section 337/International Trade Commission (ITC) Investigations
Our Section 337/International Trade Commission (ITC) team combines technical skill, courtroom savvy and a comprehensive understanding of public policy. A formidable team, we address all aspects of an ITC case – an ability that sets us apart from our competitors.
Licensing and Technology Transfer
A significant way to maximize the value of IP is to structure technology-based agreements clearly focused on and supporting short and long-term strategic business objectives. As specialists in technology transfer and licensing, we can help you navigate the full range of complex, technology-driven agreements related to licensing and technology transfer opportunities in the commercial, academic, nonprofit and government sectors, both international and domestic.
Managing patent assets is a vital component of IP oversight. Once key IP assets are identified and protected, maintaining a strong portfolio is critical to building a successful business. A strong patent portfolio includes new IP assets and maximizes the values of those lying dormant. Building on the exceptional capabilities of our practice, we can bring you strategic guidance on the development, use and enforcement of proprietary technologies and holdings, and on the acquisition of new IP assets, to maximize commercial benefit.
We are also experienced in preparing freedom to operate (FTO) or clearance opinions, as well as patentability state-of-the-art (SOA) opinions and design-around (DAO) opinions. Our industry experience allows us to take a highly pragmatic approach and inject real-world assessment of infringement risks to help you meet your business objectives.
Our patent lawyers are uniquely qualified to meet the patent needs of multinational companies, start-up companies, and individual inventors. We have outstanding academic credentials, industry experience and patent expertise. Our backgrounds include chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, software and computer science, applied mathematics, and chemical, electrical, mechanical, aerospace and nuclear engineering. Many of our lawyers are experienced in working both within the US Patent and Trademark Office and outside of the Office, giving us invaluable insight into the patent prosecution process.
Trade secrets – confidential information unprotected by patent, copyright or trademark laws – are often among a company’s most important assets. We devise strategies with our clients to make their trade secrets as legally and practically secure as possible.