PATENTS

Strategic Counseling

We work closely with our clients to develop valuable patent portfolios and to manage their portfolios in a manner which maximizes their value in the marketplace.  We consult with our clients during product inception and development to ensure that the broadest possible patent protection is obtained.  We also work with our clients to ensure that their patent rights are respected by competitors.

Patentability Studies

We perform patentability studies for our client’s inventions prior to preparing and filing an application in certain circumstances to ensure that the client’s resources are managed in a cost-effective manner.

Patent Preparation, Prosecution, Reexamination And Reissue

We prepare and prosecute U.S. patent applications, and prepare and file reexamination and reissue applications when necessary.  We also represent our clients in appeals and interferences before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  We also prepare and file P.C.T. applications, and work with foreign associates to file foreign patent applications claiming the benefit of U.S. applications under the Paris Convention.

Patent Portfolio Analysis, Development And Management

We work closely with our clients and their R&D departments to monitor their key product lines and to ensure that patent protection is obtained to protect their product lines as technology advances.  We also monitor patent applications filed by our client’s competitors and provide an analysis of such application as deemed necessary by our clients.

Patent Infringement And Validity Studies/Opinions

We perform patent infringement and validity studies and, if necessary, prepare opinions related to those studies.  We also perform right-to-use studies for clients looking to introduce new products to the market to help ensure against future accusations of infringement. We also study a patent or patent portfolio asserted against our clients and participate in negotiations related to the necessity of entering into a license for such patent or patent portfolio.

Licensing

We negotiate and prepare licenses and agreements related to our client’s patents.

Litigation

We represent patent owners or accused infringers in patent infringement lawsuits in the Federal District Courts and the International Trade Commission.  We also work with our clients to settle disputes using various forms of alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation.