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Intellectual Property

Jones Waldo’s Intellectual Property practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and related litigation. Our Intellectual Property Practice Group serves clients both domestically and abroad and has the expertise to assist clients doing business in a broad range of technical fields. We are skilled at drafting and prosecuting patent applications in computer, biotechnology, semiconductor, chemical, medical, Internet, pharmaceutical, business methods, electrical and mechanical technologies. Specifically, our team has prosecuted numerous patents in the following specialty areas: environmental remediation, nutritional supplements, construction tools and methods, biotechnological instrumentation, chemical compositions, optics, and a myriad of other mechanical devices and systems. We also provide expert opinions concerning the infringement and validity of U.S. patents, conduct intellectual property audits and due diligence reviews, and assist clients in the negotiation and drafting of technology related agreements in the areas of licensing, trade secrets, and technology sales. We have represented clients in proceedings before the Patent Appeal Board and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Proper maintenance of intellectual property rights requires services that extend beyond the procurement of patents and trademarks. To ensure the best available protection for our clients' intellectual property, our group develops an overall client strategy, incorporating the skills of attorneys specializing in corporate, regulatory and employment law, as well as the general requirements of the intellectual property area. This strategy may include developing sophisticated national and international trademark plans, including co-branding, to enhance both corporate and product consumer recognition, or performing intellectual property audits to identify undiscovered intellectual property assets and establishing guidelines and developing tools for building patent portfolios that can enhance the stock values of corporations.

Jones Waldo has the expertise and experience to assist clients in protecting their intellectual property rights in cases where those rights are being challenged. Jones Waldo’s Intellectual Property group includes litigators that have the substantive background to stand toe-to-toe with any of the national boutique firms practicing in this specialized area. We know how to prepare and resolve these difficult, often contentious, and high stakes cases. Increasingly, intellectual property cases implicate not merely a company's patents, trademarks, copyrights or trade secrets, but also the client's corporate, business and employment practices. Our Intellectual Property litigation team has broad experience, beyond specific intellectual property issues, in all forms of complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts, and can also draw on the knowledge of other practice group attorneys. Our experience outside the practice area, coupled with our substantive experience in all aspects of intellectual property law, enables us to approach these cases with creative, practical approaches to problem solving and dispute resolution, in ways that firms with narrower backgrounds often overlook.

Our litigation team, coupled with our substantive Intellectual Property group, enables us to address our clients' needs with creative, practical approaches that ensure the best protection for our clients' intellectual property.

Brett D. Ekins (Group Leader)
Christopher B. Hadley
Paul R. Smith
Brent T. Winder