Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Our firm’s attorneys have extensive experience providing strategic intellectual property advice to help clients secure intellectual property rights, build their intellectual property assets and develop and protect their brands over time. We also have experience litigating infringement, non-compete and related types of claims through the courts and relevant federal and state agencies charged with the protection, registration and enforcement of intellectual property assets. Our corporate and employment lawyers supplement this area through their knowledge of company structure and best practices, employment and independent contractor arrangements, and their significant experience in licensing and merchandising documentation.

The firm’s lawyers are experienced copyright practitioners in all stages of claims. We have counseled our clients, including musicians, authors, photographers, filmmakers and other creative professionals, on all ranges of matters, such as:

  • Exploitation of proprietary and other work
  • Protection of copyrightable assets
  • Copyright applications
  • High-stakes copyright claims
  • Complex copyright litigation

Particularly with the proliferation of social media, companies large and small appreciate the importance of securing their trademarks and brand identities. Our firm regularly represents clients in the following areas:

  • Early evaluation of trademark selection
  • Brand consulting and development
  • Securing trademark registrations at the state, federal and international levels
  • Expansion and diversifying of brands
  • Purchase and sale of marks
  • Dispute resolution and trademark infringement litigation

Our firm has extensive experience in patent matters, with an emphasis in the chemical, medical device and manufacturing fields. Our skills include:

  • Counseling clients on strategic ways to protect their inventions
  • Searching prior art to evaluate patentability
  • Preparing and filing provisional, utility and design patent applications in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Continued patent prosecution until issuance
  • Experience in handling appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • Patent licensing and related matters
  • Due diligence studies, including right-to-use and infringement matters

Licensing, Acquisition & Sales
We advise and represent our clients on a wide variety of intellectual property-related transactions, including the purchase and sale of intellectual property assets, licensing, branding, franchising and joint ventures—all interdisciplinary areas in which our corporate and entertainment attorneys are also regularly engaged.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution
When the need to defend or enforce valuable intellectual property rights arises, the firm’s litigators have successfully brought even the most time-sensitive and commercially significant disputes through trial and appeal on behalf of a diverse range of clients, from individual artists, innovators and company start-ups to Fortune 500 companies and major arts, cultural and scientific institutions. The range of matters has included:

  • Copyright and design patent litigation
  • Trademark, trade dress, trade secrets and unfair competition claims
  • Licensing disputes
  • Fair use and other media disputes
  • Social media, advertising and other public communication disputes

Our attorneys pride themselves on their knowledge of and ability to quickly grasp emerging technologies and new industries, as well as their first-hand familiarity and understanding of litigation practice in favored intellectual property venues, including a range of federal district courts and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

For more information about our Intellectual Property practice, we invite you to contact: