The attorneys in the Intellectual Property Practice Group at S&I have extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Experience in these areas of intellectual property includes counseling, licensing, and litigation, as well as providing opinions on validity and infringement, transactional due diligence, and employment issues.
In the area of patents, our six registered patent attorneys provide services that include invention and infringement counseling and litigation, patentability searching, and applying for and prosecuting U.S. and international patents for inventions in a wide variety of technical areas, including all art units in the United States Patent Office (USPTO) associated with mechanical, electrical and electronics, chemical and pharmaceutical, biotechnology, computer software, business methods, and animal and medical fields. During the normal course of all aspects of these legal services, our patent attorneys regularly interact with individuals and with bench scientists, lab directors, research engineers, and tech transfer personnel. In addition, our attorneys have represented federal research agencies and research groups of major corporate entities in patent matters, and routinely work with research/engineering groups ranging from small groups to hundreds of engineers/scientists.
Working with associates in foreign countries, our foreign patent practice includes the capability to file in virtually any country that has a national or regional patent office. We have particular familiarity with PC member states, and the rules pertinent to PCT international filings. Our patent attorneys have routinely handled patent matters in EU member states and the European Patent Office, as well as in South America, China, South Korea, Mexico, Australia and Canada.
In the area of trademarks and copyrights, our attorneys have counseled clients on the adoption and protection of names, trademarks and trade dress and have applied for and obtained for clients registered trademarks throughout the world. Our attorneys also counsel clients in obtaining domain names and assist in domain name disputes and the protection of websites, promotional materials and proprietary information. In addition, our attorneys counsel clients in the protection and enforcement of rights in copyrightable works.,
Our attorneys routinely advise clients with respect to the protection of trade secrets, including the preparation and enforcement of contracts and policies seeking to protect proprietary information from unauthorized use or disclosure. Our attorneys have substantial expertise in the areas of computer law and technology, including laws affecting the Internet, and have counseled numerous software, multi-media and technology development firms. Our attorneys also have extensive experience in the negotiation and preparation of licensing agreements, for both licensors and licensees, relating to the use of copyrighted works, software, trademarks, patents technology, know-how, and business and manufacturing processes and methods, as well as agreements pertaining to development and commercial exploitation of the Internet (e.g., site design, development and hosting agreements, content licensing agreements, site acquisition agreements, registration and protection of domain names, and e-commerce applications), the protection of site content, and the development of e-mail and privacy policies. Our attorneys have negotiated license arrangements for or with start-up companies, large corporations and public entities, involving the exploitation of both established and new technologies.
Our attorneys represent and advise clients in litigation with respect to the prosecution or defense of infringement and unfair competition claims. Our attorneys also have experience prosecuting and defending claims in litigation concerning alleged misappropriation of trade secrets. In addition, our attorneys have substantial experience representing newspapers, magazines, cable television systems, broadcast television stations and radio stations, and Internet service providers, as well as commercial printers and advertising agencies.
In handling matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the IP Group utilizes The Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS), the Electronic Filing System (EFS-Web) and the Patent Application Information Retrieval System (PAIR) as established by the USPTO. Thus, using these systems wherever possible, filings in the USPTO in both patent and trademark matters are made electronically to assure immediate receipt of all filings.