Intellectual Property and Technology

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Robinson Bradshaw's intellectual property and technology practice builds upon our extensive knowledge of commercial matters to include wide-ranging proficiency across the spectrum of intellectual property law. We strive to understand each client’s business and commercial objectives and use this knowledge to bring a pragmatic and client-centered approach to advise them on intellectual property matters.

Our primary areas of emphasis are:

Intellectual Property Protection and Patents

We help our clients develop and enforce a comprehensive strategy for protecting and monetizing ideas and inventions under patent and trade secret law and written and electronic documents under copyright law. In particular, we help clients assess their intellectual property assets and determine whether patent protection is a practical and reasonable option for their businesses. We also evaluate the legal and economic significance of competitors’ patents, and we structure, draft and negotiate a wide variety of patent transfer and licensing arrangements.

Software and Technology

Our firm has years of experience handling software and technology licensing transactions for companies of all sizes. We are keenly aware of the obstacles and pitfalls that can arise in licensing and development transactions and have a proven track record of helping our clients achieve successful outcomes. Our attorneys work with clients to create customized solutions that bring to bear recent legal and technological developments, and market terms and trends. We regularly assist clients with license agreements, consulting and services agreements, outsourcing arrangements, Software as a Service (SaaS) and Application Service Provider arrangements, development agreements, hosting agreements and issues related to open source software.

Trademarks

Our lawyers advise clients on trademark law issues, including protecting and licensing trademarks, enforcing rights against infringers and defending claims for alleged infringement. We help clients evaluate proposed marks and assist with trademark searches, opinions and registrations, and administrative proceedings. We also manage many significant portfolios of U.S. and internationally registered trademarks for our clients.

Privacy and Data Security

We counsel clients about developments in privacy laws, both domestically and abroad, on topics such as data protection and destruction; data security; privacy obligations on websites and in electronic commerce; and privacy laws that govern financial institutions, health care providers and other businesses. We work with clients across a broad range of industries to implement privacy and data security and protection programs, and we draft related policies and procedures.

Employment-Related IP Issues

Our extensive experience advising clients on employment-related issues involving intellectual property includes enforcing confidentiality and noncompetition agreements and resolving issues about the ownership of developments.

Acquisitions and Divestitures

We provide comprehensive assistance in structuring, negotiating and documenting technology-related acquisitions and sales; conducting due diligence related to such transactions; and evaluating intellectual property portfolios transferred in such transactions.

Intellectual Property Disputes

Our attorneys regularly represent clients in intellectual property disputes, patent and trademark infringement proceedings, trade secret disputes, publicity rights invasions and royalties matters. We also help clients enforce and defend their rights to use intellectual property.

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