Intellectual Property

Sophisticated IP protection, defense and advice backed by the power of a global, full-service firm.

Meet the team

Businesses, institutions and individuals worldwide count on Locke Lord for their intellectual property matters. Our unique depth and breadth of knowledge, experience and education help guide clients throughout the IP lifecycle, including representation in IP litigation in federal courts, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the International Trade Commission (ITC), global patent and trademark prosecution, transactional counseling, regulatory and advertising advice.

With resources around the world, including offices in technology and industry centers such as Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New York, South Florida, Stamford and Washington, D.C., our goal is to help clients defend and manage their global IP portfolio for maximum business impact.

Locke Lord's IP practice includes:

  • Patent litigation experience in the most popular venues for litigation (Eastern District of Texas, Western District of Texas, District of Delaware, Northern District of California, Northern District of Georgia, Eastern District of New York and Southern District of New York)
  • Hatch-Waxman patent infringement litigation involving various pharmaceuticals handled by some of the most skilled and experienced practitioners in the country
  • Preparation, prosecution and opinion work in the United States and coordination of global prosecution strategy worldwide
  • Representing clients in post grant review proceedings before the Patent Trial Appeal Board, including Inter Partes Review and Covered Business Method proceedings
  • Extensive experience with ITC Section 337 investigations
  • A strong track record representing appellants and appellees before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • IP Alternative Dispute Resolution capabilities, including arbitrations and mediations

From entrepreneurial startups to major multinational corporations and leading educational institutions, Locke Lord’s IP clients extend across the biotechnology, consumer products, electronics, energy, entertainment, finance and banking, franchising, hydrocarbon processing, manufacturing, media and broadcasting, medical devices, merchandizing, pharmaceutical, specialty chemicals and chemical processing, professional services, software, telecommunications and transportation industries.

IP Litigation and Hatch-Waxman Act

Locke Lord’s trial lawyers have extensive experience in every type of IP litigation. From retail and manufacturing issues to biotechnology and entertainment cases, we provide sophisticated and active IP legal counseling. Our lawyers have secured some of the largest U.S. patent infringement damage awards in history. The wide geographic reach of Locke Lord’s IP Litigation group helps us assist clients throughout the United States and around the world.

Locke Lord is among the most accomplished firms in Hatch-Waxman litigation, with vast experience at both the trial and appellate levels litigating patent infringement actions involving blockbuster prescription drugs. We routinely assist on ANDAs and §505(b)(2) applications, paragraph IV certifications, paragraph IV notice letters, exclusivity and forfeiture issues, at-risk launches and patent settlements. We advocate your interests before the FDA and, if necessary, litigate approval and exclusivity issues against the agency.

Patent Strategies

Locke Lord lawyers are known for prosecuting patent applications and obtaining patents on the forefront of science and technology. Whether we are enforcing or defending against patent rights through licensing agreements or litigation, we look at the bigger picture — heightening our client’s ability to foster capital and grow their business.

We help our clients maintain global patent portfolios that are strategically aligned with their business needs — and cost effective — by providing management services, including strategic IP planning and related counseling.

Trademark and Trademark Litigation

As public perception is often a company’s most valuable asset, we have an experienced team of lawyers dedicated to developing and protecting the messaging, images, brands and advertising utilized by companies of all industries and in every medium.

When litigation becomes necessary, we bring our extensive experience in litigation and trial of actions under the Lanham Act and state laws involving trademark, trade dress unfair competition and copyright infringement, dilution, licensing and ownership.


Locke Lord’s dedicated copyright lawyers partner with clients in industries as diverse as media, advertising, broadcasting, publishing, product design, music, entertainment, education, gaming, museums and software to ensure that they are realizing the full potential of their work. From obtaining registrations with the Copyright Office to licensing issues and infringement investigations and litigating ownership, fair use and artists’ rights, we have the knowledge and experience clients trust.

Domain Names

Our lawyers regularly assist clients with domain name selection and protection, online trademark misuse, electronic and other direct marketing privacy policies and issues.

We also are experienced in internet domain name law. Our lawyers have represented clients prosecuting, defending or acting as a mediator in ownership disputes of over 50 domain names under the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy (UDRP) in arbitrations before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Advertising and Social Media

On compliance issues, clients turn to Locke Lord for advice on a wide range of laws and regulations affecting print and broadcast advertising as well as emerging and evolving forms of digital advertising and marketing. We counsel clients from consumer products and online auction companies to advertising agencies and dating services in areas including internet and mobile device social media advertising, FDA, FTC guidelines, green advertising, cyber-stalking, keyword advertising and others.

FDA Regulatory

Locke Lord’s FDA regulatory team offers a unique combination of broad-based regulatory experience, knowledge of the industries we serve and scientific capabilities. We represent manufacturers, marketers, suppliers, wholesalers, dealers, retailers and industry participants in transactions, the provision of regulatory compliance advice and litigation.

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Meet the team