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    Intellectual Property


    Pillsbury’s Intellectual Property practice advises clients on developing successful and comprehensive IP strategies by protecting, managing, asserting, defending and leveraging their IP assets. We field a team of more than 100 IP attorneys, plus technical consultants and patent agents from offices in key global financial and technology centers. Our IP team includes scientists and engineers with advanced degrees in areas including electrical and mechanical engineering, chemistry, biotechnology, physics and a number of other technical disciplines. Several team members are former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examiners.

    We've been at the cutting edge of IP for more than 120 years.

    • We have appeared before many different jurisdictions both in the United States and abroad. Within the United States, in IP cases alone, we have appeared in 67 of the 94 District Courts and nine of the U.S. Courts of Appeals.
    • We have been involved in more than 500 IP cases in U.S. courts over the last 10 years.
    • We litigate IP claims at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), the International Trade Commission (ITC), U.S. Customs Service, Japan, the EU, and in U.S. and international ADR tribunals, to protect the IP rights of our clients.
    • Our team has unmatched experience handling post-grant proceedings—the formal processes offered by the USPTO by which you can challenge a competitor’s patent, or strengthen a patent already granted to you.
    • We file an average of 3,900 patent applications and obtain an average of more than 1,600 patents for our clients each year.
    • We file an average of more than 2,600 trademark applications and obtain nearly 2,000 trademark registrations for our clients on an annual basis.

    Specific areas of interest include:

    IP Counseling and Prosecution

    • Applications Patent Interference Strategies and Practice
    • Clearance Legal Opinions (e.g., patent invalidity and non-infringement opinions)
    • Copyright Law
    • Defensive IP Strategies
    • Establishing Internal Control and Review Processes for IP Portfolio
    • IP Audits and Due Diligence
    • IP Portfolio Analysis
    • IP Protection Strategies (e.g., patents vs. trade secrets)
    • Licensing and Technology Transfer
    • Management
    • Product Search and Clearances
    • Strategic Prosecution
    • Technology Contracting and Counseling
    • Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition
    • Trademarks and Branding

    IP Litigation

    • Antitrust
    • Copyright
    • International Trade Commission (ITC) Proceedings
    • Patents
    • Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition
    • Trademarks and Trade Dress

    Post Grant Proceedings

    • Ex Parte Reexamination
    • Inter Partes Review
    • Patent Interferences and Derivation Proceedings
    • Patent Reissue
    • Post-Grant Review
    • Supplemental Examination

    IP Practice Rankings & Recognitions

    Independent rankings recognize our intellectual property group’s depth and breadth:

    • Washington, DC practice recognized for Patent Prosecution, Litigation and Transactions in IAM Patent 1000 (Intellectual Asset Management Magazine)
    • Nationally Top-Listed in Intellectual Property Litigation (U.S. News Best Law Firms)
    • First Tier in Intellectual Property, Northern Virginia (Chambers USA)
    • Ranked in multiple Intellectual Property categories (Legal 500)
    • Top 10 Intellectual Property "Go-To" Firm for Fortune 500 companies (Corporate Counsel)
    • Recognized Nationally in Patent and Trademark Prosecution (Managing Intellectual Property)
    • California practice recognized for Trademark Enforcement and Litigation, as well as Prosecution and Strategy (World Trademark Review)

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