Buchalter’s Intellectual Property attorneys are experts in copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and privacy and security restrictions pertinent to protecting employee and customer data. This highly specialized and knowledgeable team assists and guides its national and international clientele to realize the full value of their intellectual property assets in the ever-shifting, competitive IP landscape. This is done through the devising of thorough, forward thinking protective measures that account for and anticipate the demands of domestic and international markets.
The IP Group is engaged to handle IP issues in a diverse array of industries, from traditional businesses such as apparel, jewelry, finance, hospitality, banking, insurance, and mortgage brokerage, consumer goods and services, to knowledge-based industries in the fields of semiconductors, electronics, chemicals and chemical intermediates, waste management, fibers, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, software development, aeronautics, technology and telecommunications.
We provide intensive strategic counseling, manage a full range of IP transactions, and engage in patent and trademark prosecution and litigation to keep our clients ahead of the curve in domestic and international markets.
Our attorneys have a strong track-record of successfully litigating disputed intellectual property matters, including patent, trademark and copyright infringement claims, in U.S. District Courts throughout the country, the International Trade Commission, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. As noted below, our attorneys have successfully represented clients, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, in a wide array of industries ranging from apparel and hospitality to pharmaceuticals and semi-conductors.
Our attorneys have substantial experience in not only advising and counseling clients on patents, but also in effectively prosecuting patent applications. Our team of professionals prepares and files patent applications, divisionals, continuations and RCE applications, conducts application interviews with the USPTO, prosecutes appeals and reexaminations and educates our clients on recent updates and rule changes at the USPTO. We also handle PCT and foreign patent applications. Our attorneys have prosecuted hundreds of patent applications to issue, and keeps our clients informed with respect to possible infringers and competitors.
Our trademark attorneys have substantial experience in advising and counseling clients on trademarks and service marks in a variety of industries. Our attorneys are familiar with all facets of trademark law and prosecution, and include a former Examining Attorney from the Trademark Office. Our team of professionals performs searches and counsels clients on the selection of trademarks, prepares and files trademark applications, renewals, and handles oppositions and appeals at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Our attorneys have collectively prosecuted thousands of trademark applications to registration and keeps our clients apprised of possible infringers and competitors. Our attorneys also have substantial experience in implementing and managing domain name protection strategies in providing enforcement against domain infringers.
Buchalter is authorized to serve as an agent in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). As one of a limited number of US trademark agents, we are able to assist our clients with recording their trademarks in the TMCH to ensure their brands are protected before and during the impending launch of hundreds of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs).
Our attorneys stay current on recent changes and new developments in the laws to provide our clients with the best service and advice.
IP Licensing and Assignments
We assist clients in obtaining the intellectual property they need to move their businesses forward whether through acquisitions or licensing. We also help clients maximize the value of their existing intellectual property assets through licensing, manufacturing, distribution, reseller and similar agreements. We focus on minimizing risks associated with commercial transactions and protecting our clients’ intellectual property rights while expanding commercial opportunities.
IP Audits and Counsel
To enhance business value, our team conducts intellectual property audits for a wide range of matters. Our evaluation of IP assets owned by borrowers, buyers and sellers provides key information for venture capital group investments, loan transactions by financial institutions, and merger and acquisition deals. Our attorneys are experts at providing a birds-eye view of potential investments. We also routinely counsel new product inventors on the protection of commercial interests.
Trade Secrets, Confidential Information and Unfair Competition
We serve to protect trade secrets and confidential information through various means, including confidentiality and intellectual property assignment agreements, employee non-solicitation provisions, and other restrictive covenants. Our lawyers understand the ever-evolving best practices for protecting trade secret information, and rely upon their extensive experience handling employee mobility disputes to lessen the risk of trade secret information being misappropriated. Our lawyers also have extensive experience prosecuting and defending trade secret, unfair competition, and employee mobility disputes.
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