Academic and Research Institutions

The members of our university practice have extensive experience representing academic institutions and research organizations. Our lawyers provide a complete array of intellectual property law services, including: obtaining patents, trademarks, and copyrights; state-of-the-art searches and clearance evaluations; patentability, registerability, validity, and infringement opinions; negotiating and preparing licenses and agreements; monitoring competitive and research patent activities; and intellectual property due diligence and audits, in addition to general intellectual property law counseling.

Our lawyers offer worldwide experience. We have obtained patents and trademarks in more than 120 countries and have been involved in enforcing or defending against both U.S. and foreign patents, trademarks, and copyrights for our clients. In addition, multiple team members have staffed university tech transfer offices, and have a first-hand understanding of the day-to-day issues faced by our clients.

Our firm has been a part of the approved counsel list for multiple universities. We have assisted these clients in intellectual property matters regarding inventorship issues, intellectual property litigation inquiries, and patent prosecution of various technologies.

We provide protection for a variety of IP assets from mascots and logos to the results of scientific collaborations and written materials. We also act as litigation counsel to protect against theft of trade secrets, and counsel and advise regarding questions of patent ownership and invention rights between our clients and other research organizations, inventors, and outside research sponsors.

Legal work for institutions of higher education accounts for a significant percentage of the firm’s overall Intellectual Property practice. Many of our lawyers serve on governing boards of major educational institutions and foundations, giving us a broad and unique perspective on the challenges confronting colleges and universities in their day-to-day operations, fundraising, strategic planning and growth.

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