Energy Intellectual Property

Our Intellectual Property lawyers regularly counsel energy and utility clients on matters involving the development, prosecution, management, and exploitation of IP assets. We advise on a wide variety of intellectual property including patents and patent portfolios, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.

We have extensive experience advising electric utility companies on trademark protection issues. We also advise energy companies on trademark and advertising laws, green energy restrictions, and energy regulatory considerations that are applicable to their advertising content. Likewise, our patent lawyers provide a complete range of patent legal services, including acquisition, maintenance, protection, and enforcement of patent rights for various technologies worldwide.

For example, we serve as counsel with respect to trademark disputes, patent licensing, copyright litigation, and software agreements for a premier Southeast energy company and its affiliate companies. We have handled hundreds of matters for the group, and have represented one of its affiliates since 1930. We currently serve as the company’s exclusive counsel for trademark and patent fillings. We also helped create their IP infrastructure program which, in part, successfully maximizes innovative solutions to complex problems through the acquisition of intellectual property rights.

Our lawyers also have experience obtaining and enforcing renewable energy patent rights, including work with solar, biomass, biofuel, and wind power providers. We have handled hundreds of patent assets, from smart readers to grids, and can provide example patents in multiple fields upon request. We have also aided renewable energy companies with membership interest purchase agreements (MIPAs), and the development and implementation of business strategy.

Our first-chair IP litigators — a number of whom have advanced degrees in relevant science and engineering disciplines — have successfully represented our energy and utility clients in multiple patent disputes involving a wide range of technologies. The force of our team’s expertise and acumen is evidenced by our continual success, and long-standing client relationships.

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