Overview

Businesses, institutions and individuals count on Locke Lord for their intellectual property matters around the world. Locke Lord currently has over 100 lawyers and agents that practice in the area of intellectual property, many of whom are registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and have undergraduate and graduate degrees in science and engineering disciplines. Our unique depth and breadth of knowledge, experience and education help guide clients throughout the IP lifecycle, including patent and trademark preparation, global registration and transactional counseling, through representation in IP litigation and proceedings in the state and federal courts, and the International Trade Commission (ITC). With resources around the world, including offices in technology and industry centers such as Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, South Florida and Washington, D.C., our goal is to help clients manage their global IP portfolio for maximum business impact.

Locke Lord’s IP practice includes:

  • Preparation, prosecution and opinion work in the United States and coordination of global prosecution strategy worldwide
  • Experienced lawyers in representing clients in post grant review proceedings before the Patent Trial Appeal Board, including Inter Partes Review and Covered Business Method proceedings
  • Patent litigation experience in the most popular venues for litigation (Eastern District of Texas, District of Delaware, Northern District of California, Central District of California and Southern District of California)
  • Some of the most skilled and experienced practitioners in the country with respect to Hatch-Waxman patent infringement litigation involving various pharmaceuticals
  • Extensive experience with ITC Section 337 unfair competition 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 start-ups 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.

A selection of our IP lawyers is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Intellectual Asset Management (IAM 1000), U.S. News, World Trademark Review 1000, Who’s Who in IP Law and Super Lawyers.

Patent Strategies

With more than 70 practitioners registered with the USPTO, 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.

Our lawyers and professionals have degrees in various technical fields, and many have industry experience that complements our ability to manage each client’s patent portfolio in a timely and comprehensive manner. We quickly grasp the technical issues and assist our clients with the development and maintenance of their intellectual property.

We also 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.

Our experience in litigating and trying patent infringement litigations in the most active venues enables us to provide excellent and efficient representation of our clients’ interests when patent litigation becomes necessary. Our lawyers regularly appear in court at preliminary injunction, substantive motion practice and trials in enforcing or defending against patent rights.

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.

Our lawyers partner with clients not only to protect their brands, but also to best manage and maximize their intellectual property. Our team provides clients the benefit of sophisticated IP advice backed by the power of a global, full-service firm.

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. We regularly appear in many state and federal courts throughout the United States, as our lawyers seek and defend against temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions against infringement, false advertising and to preserve key evidence.

Copyright

Digitization and the ability to instantly share content in various media, art, performances and software has radically changed the risks surrounding protection of copyrighted material. Companies, individual authors and creators need to know their rights, understand how they can be enforced and create effective policies in today’s “copy and paste” culture.

Copyright law is constantly evolving to adapt and address these issues. 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, to litigating ownership, fair use and artists’ rights, we have the knowledge and experience clients trust.

Trade Secret

Our clients include both plaintiffs and defendants in trade secret claims involving manufacturing processes, customer databases, equipment design and financial transactions. We have particular skill in the application of the “inevitable disclosure” doctrine and in business tort cases involving allegations of “diversion.” We also counsel on alleged unlawful grey-market transactions that often include trademark and copyright allegations in connection with state law unfair competition claims.

Unfair Competition

Locke Lord lawyers are skilled at initiating and conducting opposition and cancellation actions against infringing, threatening and unfairly competing brands. We regularly conduct infringement and unfair competition litigation in the United States (at the state and federal levels), in the United Kingdom and in other courts in Europe. When appropriate, we also bring court actions and dispute resolution proceedings regarding misuse of brands on the Internet. This is particularly relevant to those brands that are poised to make an impact in countries where grey-market clothing, sporting goods and associated brand products are prevalent.

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.

We have represented clients in court actions under the U.S. Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act involving domain names. Our accomplishments include representing clients in “in rem” actions under the U.S. Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, where suit is brought against the domain name itself because the holder of the domain name is domiciled in a foreign country that is not subject to personal jurisdiction under U.S. law.

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, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines, green advertising, cyber-stalking, keyword advertising and others.