Intellectual Property

At the Intellectual Property Practice Area, our attorneys partner with our clients to develop IP asset management and protection strategies designed to balance risk, foster growth and grow market share.

The firm represents corporations as well as individual inventors, authors and owners of creative works. The firm is a full-service firm with attorneys supporting our IP lawyers in all practice areas, including corporate law, employment, business, litigation, tax, real estate, finance, bankruptcy, banking, and securities. Our clients benefit from our attorneys’ ability to draw upon the firm’s diverse group of counsel and from a collaborative approach.

We regularly advise and represent clients in all aspects of trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, including prosecution, clearance/availability searches, registration, monitoring, maintenance, acquisition, sale, licensing, assignment, infringement and business transactions related to intellectual property.

We routinely file and maintain applications to register trademarks, current trademark registrations and copyrights each year in the U.S. We also coordinate with our international networks of law firms to file and maintain trademark applications and registrations throughout the world. We have also recovered domain names from cybersquatters. Additionaly, we counsel clients on domain name strategies, domain name acquisition and the protection of IP rights on the Internet, including through international proceedings of ICANN and WIPO.

We help clients identify protectable intellectual property assets that exist or may arise from their websites, including copyright, trade secret, patent, trademark, and trade dress assets.  We routinely counsel clients on how to make proper use of trademarks.

Our lawyers can facilitate strategic collaborations with other companies by forming joint ventures and strategic alliances. The IP group has a strong track record of drafting and negotiating technology-intensive transactions with Fortune 500 companies around the world for clients in diverse industries such as advertising, brand design, manufacturing, engineering software, services and public sector. Examples include master services agreements, distribution agreements, joint research and development agreements, independent contractor agreements, licenses, technology development agreements, NDAs, distribution agreements, EULA, terms of use, privacy policies, DMCA notices, IT purchase and sale, escrow agreements, advertising and marketing agreements and e-commerce related agreements. The IP group also advises clients on how to best leverage IP assets into revenue streams through licensing agreements, royalty structures, and other dispositions.

Our IP attorneys also regularly counsel clients about practical strategies to protect their trade secrets and represent them in disputes involving alleged misappropriation of confidential information. As part of the collaborative approach with other practice groups, our IP lawyers work with our employment lawyers to draft contracts containing non-compete, non-disclosure, non-solicitation and non-circumvention clauses to ensure the protection of corporate-owned trade secrets and other valuable IP assets.

Together with our Litigation Practice Area, the IP group boasts an experienced group of highly regarded trial lawyers who have represented clients in complex disputes, including disagreements over IP ownership, value, and validity.  When necessary for the client’s best interests, we advocate arbitration, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.