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Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Team at Bowles Rice offers a full range of services directed toward the protection of intellectual property assets, including services related to patents, trademarks, trade secrets, trade dress, copyright, common-law rights, and unfair competition. In addition, the firm’s extensive and comprehensive business and corporate law resources enable the IP team to offer clients a broad range of intellectual property support services, including the development of licensing agreements, strategic planning and management of IP assets and portfolios, and advice on the wide range of business, transactional, technical, and employment issues inherent to the technology transfer process.

The firm’s IP group currently includes attorneys registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and attorneys with work experience and education in chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, and environmental engineering, as well as additional attorneys and staff with education and experience in the fields of mathematics, engineering, and computer applications. In addition, the group regularly works with a variety of other attorneys in the firm with vast experience in commercial transactions and business development. Our experience and the firm’s litigation practice also enable us to represent clients in intellectual property disputes and litigation, from the hearing and trial stages through all levels of appeal.

Our patent prosecution services include development and preparation of applications for a wide variety of clients. We are well qualified to represent individual inventors, authors, entrepreneurs, educational institutions, research organizations, and corporations of all sizes and degrees of complexity. We also counsel clients at all stages of intellectual property development, at both institutional and individual levels. Our lawyers bring an exceptionally broad degree of industrial experience to the development of corporate and institutional intellectual property policies, and we will work with clients prior to the application process to make strategic decisions regarding the prioritization of applications and decisions on filing in the context of discoverable prior art and other business considerations.

We pride ourselves on our ability to guide a client through the entire patent application process, and our practice includes reissues, re-examinations, interferences and appeals to the USPTO’s Board of Appeals and to the Federal Circuit. We also frequently provide legal opinions on the potential validity, infringement, and ownership of patent rights, and we are experienced in the negotiation and drafting of agreements, structuring of supporting commercial arrangements, and supporting the licensing and sale of patents and other intellectual property.

With respect to trademark practice, the firm’s IP team advises and counsels clients on the selection of trademarks, service marks, slogans, designs and logos. We regularly assist clients with the preparation and prosecution of trademark and service mark applications, and the negotiation of draft agreements for the license and sale of brands, logos, trademarks, service marks, trade names, and trade dress.

The firm’s IP practice also covers the full range of copyright services, which comprise of advising clients on copyright law and the development of copyright policies, filing applications, recording of security interests, and providing for title transfers and title searches. We often render advice to clients on a wide variety of issues related to potential copyright infringement and validity, ownership, and other issues pertaining to art, literary works, computer programs, music, and other works subject to copyright.

We often are called on by the firm’s business clients to provide advice on the intellectual property aspects of business mergers, acquisitions, and other business transactions. These transactions typically include due diligence reviews of intellectual property portfolios, and we work closely with our clients to develop innovative solutions to complex problems that intellectual property matters raise in business deals. In many of these transactions, confidentiality and trade secrets are at issue, and our capabilities enable us to design programs and agreements for the protection of confidential information.

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