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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

PRACTICE OVERVIEW

PRACTICE AREA CHAIR:
  Grant J. Steyer

Our Firm’s Intellectual Property practice group counsels clients on all aspects of patent and trademark procurement, as well as the growth, enforcement, and management of their intellectual property portfolios.

Drawing upon educational foundations in chemistry, materials science, computer science, and chemical, electrical, biomedical, and mechanical engineering and with years of experience in the preparation of patent application, prosecution, and appeals in a broad range of technical fields including medical devices, computer vision, consumer electronics, machine learning, control systems, optical systems, electronic sensors, mechanical devices, medical imaging, and computer software, our Intellectual Property attorneys understand the complex technologies that form the basis of a client’s intellectual property and counsel clients regarding monetizing their intellectual property, including licensing, transfer, and acquisition of trademarks, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets.

Whether securing patents, trademarks, copyrights or trade secrets, assessing an intellectual property portfolio during a merger, acquisition, or restructuring, or using litigation to resolve business disputes over infringement or misappropriation, we tailor our approach to achieve results aligned with your business strategy.

 

Our areas of expertise include:

 

  • Patent Office Examinations
    • Preparation of utility and design patent applications
    • Development and implementation of filing and prosecution strategies
    • Reexaminations and reissues
    • Appeals to the patent office
    • Global utility and design patent procurement including Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) practice
  • Trademark
    • Trademark Prosecution and Counseling
    • Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) Litigation
    • Trademark Enforcement
    • Trade Dress
    • Domain Name Litigation and Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRPs)
    • Trademark Monitoring
    • False Advertising
    • Counterfeiting/Gray Market Goods
  • Design Patents
  • Trade Secrets
    • Identifying information that should be protected by trade secrets and recommend alternative/additional avenues of protection such as copyrights or patents
    • Reviewing current methods of secrecy and security
    • Instituting new measures to prevent misappropriation or disclosure
    • Drafting confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements with employees and relevant third parties
    • Conducting training sessions to reinforce secrecy and protection of trade secrets
    • Quick action is critical if your trade secrets get out.
  • Copyright

PRACTICE AREA CHAIR

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Grant J. Steyer, Practice Area Chair

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An excavating company based in Oberlin, Ohio.

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