Intellectual Property

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To remain relevant in today’s global marketplace, businesses need proficient legal advisors to help them navigate the ever-changing world of intellectual property (IP) law.

As a full-service law firm with offices across the United States and Canada and a cross-border team of over 100 attorneys who practice exclusively in the IP field, 
Dickinson Wright offers strategic counsel to clients concerning all aspects of intellectual property. Because we understand the current trends of the global market, we help both small businesses and international corporations alike understand and leverage their IP rights. And, with a worldwide network of associates in a wide range of technical disciplines, we can readily assist our clients wherever they do business.

Our team works closely with clients to ensure their ideas and technologies stay secure so they can focus on what they do best—business growth and development. We regularly prosecute patent applications and trademark registrations at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the United States International Trade Commission (ITC), and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), while also litigating IP issues across a number of platforms.

Our Services

Patents: In a competitive marketplace, a company’s long-term success relies on its ability to protect its valuable investments in product development. Each of our patent lawyers has a degree in technology combined with years of industry experience. We regularly assist clients with a variety of needs in this area, including:

  •  Filing and Prosecuting Patents           
  •  Patent Enforcement
  •  Infringement Analysis
  •  Patentability Investigations
  •  License Negotiation
  •  Worldwide Patent Rights

Trademarks: Organizations today must protect and distinguish their products and services from regional, national, and global competition. Our intellectual property lawyers have a keen understanding of the challenges facing our clients and the deep experience necessary to help obtain and monitor trademarks and service marks around the world. Our experience includes:

  •  False Advertising Claims
  • Trademark Defense and Maintenance 
  •  Licensing and Registration Investigations           
  •  Trademark Registration
  •  Service Marks Registration
  •  Unfair Competitive Practices

Copyright Law: Our IP team helps clients register and protect copyrights across all types of work including, books, computer programs, plays, paintings, photographs, motion pictures, and sound recordings. Areas we regularly handle include:

  •  Copyright Protection Online
  • Canadian Intellectual Property Office Registrations 
  •  Copyright Registration
  •  Registration Status Investigations
  •  Licensing of Derivative Works and Compilations        
  •  U.S. Customs Service Registrations
  •  Ownership Investigations

Litigation: When necessary, our litigation team litigates intellectual property disputes before courts for both international and domestic organizations. Our extensive courtroom experience enables us to realistically analyze and assess the enforceability of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, while helping our clients protect their most valuable business assets – client relationships, intellectual property or confidential business information – before a dispute arises. We provide specified counsel, resources, and resolve to clients in a number of industries, always keeping their business objectives in mind. 

Representative Case Matters 

Drafting production agreements and rights for production companies and artists in the licensing and distribution of their rights in live and recorded musical and dance performances, television shows, and sporting and entertainment events. 

Successfully obtained a permanent injunction on behalf of an international clothing company in a trademark counterfeiting case. 

Negotiated trademark aspects for a $117.5 million purchase of an internationally known athletic shoe company’s bankruptcy. 

Lead counsel in trademark infringement case and successful defense of a national lawn care company in trademark infringement litigation involving infringement claims seeking $1 million in damages. 

–Assisted with domestic and foreign trademarks, including trademark prosecution, portfolio management, and availability counseling. 

Counsel to early-stage companies on intellectual property strategy and development, policy and handbook formation, and product road-mapping. 

Counsel to a private medical research institute for development and approval of multiple medical technologies, including biomaterials, personalized medicine and anti-aging technologies. 

Working with a network of foreign counsel to register trademarks in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the European Union, North America, and South America. 

Counsel in copyright, advertising, unfair competition, consumer protection, and Internet law. 

Licensing of trademarks, copyrights and publicity rights. 

Supervised the acquisition of a portfolio of classic computer game trademarks by a leading toy company and developed strategies to minimize the vulnerability of the acquired rights. 

Counsel clients regarding university or institutional-based innovations, including innovation & entrepreneurship (I&E) programs, policy formation, and institutional management of innovation flow. 

Counsel to numerous clients on intellectual property related business transactions including cooperation, joint development, research, joint venture, licensing, acquisition, and divestiture related agreements.

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