We strive to simplify complex intellectual property issues by maintaining a strong focus on the practicalities of our clients’ business needs. We offer in-depth experience in identifying, procuring, exploiting, protecting and enforcing all forms of intellectual property including employment relationships, internet-related issues, patents, trademarks and trade secrets. We are able to provide global assistance to clients by using our established network of intellectual property professionals in countries throughout the world.
Our unique Section 337 trade practice partners with patent holders, investors, fund advisers and patent litigators to file, monitor, opine upon and assist in litigating complaints before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, the ITC investigates allegations of certain unfair practices in import trade, including the infringement of certain statutory intellectual property rights, such as patent or registered trademark infringement, and other forms of unfair competition, such as misappropriation of trade secrets, trade dress infringement, passing off, false advertising and violations of the antitrust laws. Corporations and individuals are increasingly seeking relief from the ITC when they believe their intellectual property rights are being infringed by imported products. Our familiarity with the ITC’s practices and the unique and complex rules and procedures inherent in Section 337 proceedings enables us to vigorously protect our clients’ interests.
- Managing global portfolios of patents and trademarks for clients in a variety of technologies.
- Conducting global trademark clearance and availability searches.
- Directing local European counsel in trademark opposition proceedings before the Office of Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM).
- Negotiating technology joint development agreements with foreign entities in China and elsewhere.
- Prosecuting and defending patent infringement litigation before the ITC.
- Coordinating with the U.S. Department of Justice on the criminal prosecution of several Taiwanese executives under the Economic Espionage Act.
- Defending importers and their suppliers in U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigation of importation of allegedly counterfeit product.
- Negotiating on behalf of a foreign government with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and with U.S. stakeholders seeking to obtain increased protection of their intellectual property