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IP Counseling

Our team is experienced with all aspects of counseling about intellectual property. We assess the availability of intellectual property rights and determine which type of intellectual property rights should be pursued. We also provide guidance regarding assertion of intellectual property rights. Additionally, we participate in due diligence investigations to assess intellectual property rights related to acquisitions of intellectual property assets.

We develop strategies to protect competitive positions of clients by building patent portfolios to provide legal barriers that block competitors. We also assess patentability in conjunction with the preparation of patent applications in light of prior art and based on current case law. We achieve these competitive positions by conducting landscape analyses, understanding the products of clients and their competitors, and preparing strategic patent applications. When client products are launched or about to be launched, our team provides clearance analyses, opinions regarding noninfringement and invalidity of a patent or a large family of patents, guides clients to design around blocking patents, and provides guidance regarding acquisition of patent rights.

When guiding clients regarding assertion of patent rights, we analyze positions of competitors and analyze the strength of the asset to be asserted. We are also skilled at strengthening assets prior to assertion via patent reexamination and reissue. Additionally, we are experienced in providing realistic assessments on the interplay of patents and business to help clients obtain the maximum value from their assets.