Patent Procurement & Management

Our attorneys take an aggressive approach to patent prosecution – from searching the prior art to preparing the initial patent application to handling examiner responses and amendments. Drawing on experience with large domestic and international clients, our team has developed and streamlined processes and procedures for efficiently drafting and prosecuting patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  While our patent preparation and prosecution processes and procedures are geared towards maximizing efficiency and value for our clients, we believe the patenting process is interactive from start to finish.  As such, our standard processes and procedures include regular interaction with our clients’ inventors and technologists throughout the patenting process, as well as regular interaction with the patent office examiners assigned to our clients’ patent applications after filing.  Our team develops patent maintenance and follow-up procedures when necessary, understanding that protecting your innovation is an ongoing challenge. Our work with clients in a variety of industries enables us to develop efficient strategies for navigating the patent process, ensuring each client’s interests are protected.

Opinions and Counseling

Our attorneys guide clients around the pitfalls of the patent landscape, including offering pre-market clearance and invalidity opinions. We immerse ourselves in our clients’ industry, gaining valuable insights to their operations, which enables us to proactively identify risks that could alter their technology strategies and related business plans. Building on these insights, we frequently undertake studies of third-party patents and products, providing information and advice essential to our clients’ business decisions.

Due Diligence

We work with each client to ensure they have an understanding of the true value and extent of their patent portfolio and related technology assets enabling them to make informed decisions regarding negotiations and acquisitions. Our attorneys proactively examine all facets of a potential deal - from obligations to liability - as we analyze the risks and weigh available opportunities to make sure our client and their assets are protected and poised to advance their business objectives.

Portfolio Management

Our attorneys understand the importance of a sophisticated, diverse patent portfolio, and we guide clients through the process of developing and managing their portfolio to meet their business objectives. In becoming a trusted ally for our clients, we’re able to craft a strategy to meet their needs.

Patent Mining and Mapping

Our attorneys handle matters associated with patent mining and landscaping - from charting patent claims to studying the prior art citation history - to help our clients identify trends, patterns and correlations that can help shape the organization’s direction and future. We work with each client and their technologists to strike a balance between their stated business objectives and market opportunities, guiding them through the process to ensure they’re maximizing the potential of their technical developments.

Post-Grant Proceedings

Our team consists of attorneys who have experience working at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which provides us with unique insights into the process and enables us to efficiently advise our clients. We assist clients in crafting offensive and defensive patent strategies, which, when coupled with post-grant proceedings, provides a comprehensive strategy for managing risks in the patent landscape.  We understand the challenges and risks our clients face with respect to third-party patents, and we efficiently and cost-effectively guide our clients to a resolution to meet their business objectives.

International Business

Our attorneys have developed a trusted network of firms throughout the world, enabling us to provide efficiencies when handling our clients’ international patent needs. We are experienced with the procedures, regulations and requirements for handling international patent filings, whether managing direct filings in patent offices throughout the world or directly handling Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications. We work with our network of international associates to nationalize our clients’ patent applications or complete the national or regional stage entry process for PCT applications . We also offer international clearance and freedom-to-operate opinions and serve as due diligence counsel in managing and examining the intellectual property portfolios of companies involved in cross-border mergers and acquisitions.