The HSE intellectual property team advises businesses of all sizes – startup ventures to Fortune 500 companies – as well as entrepreneurs, investors, and individual inventors in numerous industries on securing, enhancing, protecting, and defending all types of intellectual property: patents, copyrights, trademarks and service marks, trade secrets, and trade dress. We deliver the quality of counsel associated with national firms at a significantly lower cost to clients.
Our team includes lawyers who have worked in in-house legal departments and who collaborate to nurture long term relationships with clients – start-ups as well as multinational brands. We work swiftly, but also thoughtfully and strategically, always with a client’s long-term goals in mind.
HSE attorneys and lawyers in predecessor firms have secured IP protection for some of the nation’s greatest companies – including KODAK and Fisher-Price. Today, we work to secure patents, trademarks and copyrights for clients in myriad industries, including retail, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, office products and high technology. Our clients’ technologies include neural networks, integrated optoelectronics and gradient lens technology, dental and medical devices, biochemical and biomedical systems, ophthalmic and eye care products, blood sensing technologies, animal and plant genetics, steam generation, agricultural hardware and systems, and advanced materials applications.
We work strategically – from availability searches to applications, registrations, and oppositions – to enable our clients to maximize the value of their IP portfolio. We assess potential threats and work to ensure that clients steer clear of conflicts with the IP rights of others. We produce comprehensive opinions regarding complex subject matter, while delivering information to clients in a format which supports business decision making. We work to anticipate changes in the legal landscape and anticipate potential conflicts.
We represent clients in all aspects of IP litigation – in federal and state courts across the country and at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office – enforcing and defending the patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights and trade secrets of clients which have been infringed as well as defending clients accused of IP infringement. When necessary, we bring customs actions related to the monitoring and importation of infringing goods. Our IP litigators also represent clients in false advertising, defamation, franchising rights, and e-commerce (e.g., domain-name) disputes, and we defend the enforceability of confidentiality agreements and non-competition agreements.
Our lawyers negotiate and draft licensing agreements relating to all types of intellectual property. We draft agreements which preserve as much flexibility as possible for our clients to respond to changing circumstances. We have managed licensing negotiations for IP portfolios for both U.S. and international clients.
We represent clients in a full range of IP transactions including mergers and acquisitions, settlements in infringement cases, demands for revenue enhancement, and franchising agreements.
What We See on the Horizon
Contact our HSE intellectual property team for our latest insights about the following:
- Navigating expected depletion of trademark designations. The available universe of word marks – trademarks based on words in an English dictionary – has shrunk to a level that is spurring fundamental shifts in the types of marks being sought. We work with clients not only to search the availability of marks, but to strategize brand development and protection in this new environment.