Intellectual Property

To preserve and maximize the value of their intellectual property, organizations and enterprises need experienced, knowledgeable legal advisors who provide effective and tailored service. Creative assets are a combination of individual discovery honed and refined by close collaboration and rigorous, exhaustive examination. Having advisors that both understand and have experienced this process is integral to the success of any innovative organization.

Here at Troutman Sanders, the strength of our Intellectual Property practice lies in the diverse experience of our practitioners. Our lawyers have a wide range of experience from those with post-doctoral time as active scientists, to practitioners with multiple degrees and previous careers in engineering. Due to our personal experiences, we have unique perspectives, allowing us to provide responsive, customized, and practical legal guidance. Our quality service is built on very simple practices: we listen closely, ask informed and meaningful questions, and present options and strategies designed to meet each client’s distinct needs and goals.

Our lawyers counsel clients on matters involving the development, prosecution, management, and exploitation of IP assets, including patents and patent portfolios, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. We provide guidance on related business issues, such as licensing and transactions, restrictive covenants, internet law and advertising review, unfair competition, and antitrust compliance. We have deep experience in the life sciences, technology, consumer products, energy, and financial services sectors of the economy. This expansive industry experience allows us to counsel clients ranging in size from pre-revenue start ups to Fortune 100 technology companies. We also represent a range of academic and research institutions and other not-for-profit technology and business incubators.

Our first-chair IP litigators — a number of whom have advanced degrees in relevant scientific disciplines — represent clients in cutting-edge disputes involving patents, domain names, and software piracy. To help achieve a more favorable result and preserve important business relationships, we also seek opportunities to resolve legal issues through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as arbitration and mediation. Whether helping clients minimize the likelihood of litigation or moving firmly toward trial, we are committed to staffing leanly to help ensure a cost-efficient outcome.

All of these factors combine to allow our Intellectual Property practice to excel. In recognition of our service and skill, World Trademark Review called our worldwide network “a boon on cross-border matters” and lauded our “renowned corporate ability” on complex IP deals. Our intellectual property lawyers and litigators are also regularly listed in Chambers USA, Chambers Asia and U.S. News – Best Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America, among other honors.

While we work as a unit to provide our clients with comprehensive advice regarding the entirety of their IP portfolios, we also have teams dedicated to servicing specific legal needs: