Our Panel of lawyers have extensive experience working with clients to identify the appropriate mechanism to protect their inventions and sensitive commercial information. The Intellectual Property team helps its clients obtain patent protection when desirable and available. Our lawyers are experienced in evaluating, negotiating and preparing those documents that are crucial when securing sensitive, commercially valuable information, including Employee/Independent Contractor Invention Assignments, Non-Compete Agreements, Non-Solicitation Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Trade Secrets and Confidential Information Agreements, as well as policies and procedures.
We evaluate the eligibility of proprietary information for trade secret protection, advise clients on how best to establish and maintain trade secrets by the inclusion of appropriate trade secret clauses in agreements being used and litigate trade secret disputes.
The strength of any intellectual property right is, in part, measured by its enforcement. We are experienced in identifying instances of infringement, as well as unfair business practices and competition by others. We counsel our clients on dispute avoidance, fair use and the identification of materials in the public domain. Our lawyers have the skills and experience necessary to effectively represent your interests, whether they are preparing “cease and desist” letters, preserving sensitive business information (when faced with a court or administrative subpoena), or prosecuting/defending of claims of intellectual property infringement.
Litigation may be both an offensive and defensive component of any effective intellectual property enforcement strategy. Much of the firm’s practice involves litigation before courts, and administrative agencies. Our lawyers have successfully represented clients on matters involving such areas as infringement of trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, patents, breach of license agreements, non-disclosure and non-compete agreements, and trade secret laws, as well as statutory and common law recognizing rights of publicity and rights of privacy. We are skilled in obtaining and defending injunctive relief in intellectual property cases and other commercial disputes.
We recognize that the cost in both time and resources associated with litigation sometimes represents a no win situation. In these instances, we work with clients to explore such cost-effective alternative dispute mechanisms as arbitration and mediation. Our clients benefit from our lawyers’ experience as arbitrators and mediators in commercial and other complex disputes.