IP rights are often our clients’ most valuable assets. We provide advice and counseling to our clients about licensing deals, the purchase and sale of IP, and the enforcement and registration of IP rights. We also serve as advocates on behalf of our clients in IP-related disputes.
We represent companies across industries in disputes relating to copyright, trademarks, trade secrets, software and other licensing agreements, ownership of and rights in technology, restrictive covenants and franchises. Our lawyers have extensive experience in helping clients protect and develop the full value of their intellectual property by prosecuting and defending copyright and trademark infringement cases, unfair competition actions, e-commerce, franchise and technology disputes, false advertising claims, and employment-related litigation concerning trade secrets and restrictive covenants.
In today’s business world, intellectual property rights are increasingly the most important assets held by a company. We advise clients in a variety of contexts to acquire the IP they need to operate their businesses, and to preserve and maximize the value of the IP they already own.
The in-depth experience our business lawyers have in complex transactions enables us to assist our clients — as both IP licensors and licensees — with negotiations and deal structuring, and in connection with business acquisitions, financings, joint ventures and strategic alliances involving IP.
We bring a deep understanding of our clients’ operations to provide advice and counseling in connection with the licensing of the software and hardware they need to run their businesses. As an increasing number of enterprises move their IT to hosted, outsourced and other “cloud” environments, we also negotiate and structure the complex service agreements with vendors to implement those arrangements.
A critical concern of our clients is the protection of their confidential and proprietary business information, and the safeguarding of their customer and employee relationships.
The protection of know-how and trade secrets also arises in a variety of transactional contexts. Our deal lawyers have extensive experience in documenting those issues in connection with service agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures and other collaboration arrangements.
Our litigators handle trade secret, unfair competition and noncompete disputes in highly competitive industries such as securities trading and brokerage, and routinely provide clients with advice on the best practices to avoid such disputes, or to resolve them in a cost-effective, streamlined manner.
Establishing and protecting our clients’ business identities and helping them maintain the goodwill they have developed in the marketplace is a crucial service in today’s business world. We provide searching, clearance and registration advice to our clients for their trademarks, service marks and domain names, and, once those rights are acquired, we assist them in the protection and enforcement of these valuable corporate assets. We handle federal and multistate registration issues for clients and, when necessary, partner with foreign counsel when international registration and enforcement issues arise.