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Intellectual Property

Our intellectual property team includes more than 80 lawyers and professionals distributed among our eight offices. We provide comprehensive practical advice concerning procurement, registration, protection, licensing, litigation, and marketing strategies involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and other types of intellectual property. We have extensive experience in the IP aspects of all forms of transactions—including merger, acquisition, joint venture, strategic alliance, product development, licensing, and distribution agreements—and we regularly provide due diligence analyses and legal opinions.

Our clients span a broad range of industries, including technology, e-business, financial services, consumer products, retail, and digital media. With offices in the technology corridors of the Bay Area, Seattle, New York, and D.C./Northern Virginia and in the media centers of New York and Los Angeles, we try IP cases for the world’s leading technology companies and resolve IP matters involving online, mobile, and newer technologies for motion picture studios, media companies, and consumer products companies. We also routinely advise companies concerning IP issues triggered by digital technologies. Hundreds of in-house counsel and members of corporate management attend our annual “Digital Download” conferences in New York and Los Angeles.

Many of our lawyers have had previous careers as in-house counsel at such companies as Amazon, Boeing, Charter Communications, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, Micron, Microsoft, Pokémon, Random House, and Simon & Schuster. Others previously worked as engineers, researchers, editors, or corporate officers or managers in the industries we serve. We understand the responsibilities and pressures that confront in-house counsel, as well as the needs of the clients they serve. As a consequence, we routinely achieve national top tier rankings for our intellectual property, copyright, and trademark practices from the U.S. News and Best Lawyers annual law firm surveys. The World Trademark Review’s most recent rankings recognized us as one of the nation’s leading trademark law firms. Our IP litigators are regularly named in Corporate Counsel Magazine’s “Brain Trust” survey of top firms handling IP litigation for Fortune 500 companies and also include two of the three authors of the only comprehensive national guide to maintaining and protecting trade secrets in state and federal civil and criminal courts, as well as in the International Trade Commission and when making government-mandated disclosures.

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