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Husch Blackwell’s Intellectual Property team is full service with nationally recognized practitioners across all areas of IP, including prosecution and litigation. With approximately 100 lawyers who devote significant time to IP matters, our team is comparable to a mid-sized IP boutique and is one of the largest such teams in the Midwestern U.S. Within our geographic footprint, we are the firm of choice for a number of large and emerging businesses.
Last updated 8th January 2020
Patent Litigation: Husch Blackwell boasts one of the deepest and most battled-tested patent litigation groups in the United States. Our team begins with extensive experience in core technical sciences, intellectual property law theories, commercial relationships, and economics. We pride ourselves on getting the science right and building our legal theories around technically sound arguments. From there, our team combines this approach with tenacious trial advocacy and a client-centered philosophy in order to develop patent litigation strategies that align with our clients’ underlying business objectives.
Our patent litigation team has achieved a very high batting average for success with all kinds and phases of litigation. These include summary judgment wins, wins on Alice grounds, Markman victories, and inter partes review victories. We feel our track record is a significant factor in allowing our team to fashion early favorable settlements when in the client’s interest.
Patent Preparation & Prosecution: Husch Blackwell counsels business organizations of all sizes—including universities and research facilities—on patent preparation preparing and obtaining patents across numerous industry categories and scientific disciplines. In 2018 alone our team secured well over 1,200 U.S. and foreign patents on behalf of clients. From drafting freedom-to-operate opinions to patent approvals, post-grant proceedings and renewals before the USPTO, we partner with clients to understand their underlying strategic and business objectives in order to address potential issues and challenges. Our patent team includes several former patent examiners, and we use this insider knowledge of USPTO processes and procedures to expedite applications and drive results enabling our clients to protect and monetize their innovative ideas.
Trademarks: Husch Blackwell has one of the largest trademark practices in the U.S. and is one of the leading filers in the U.S. year to year. Our work spans multiple industries and product classes. We actively manage domestic and global trademark portfolios and provide surveillance of marks in the U.S. and abroad. Our team develops corporate and brand identity programs for startups, as well as for established companies that are rebranding or entering new markets. We offer intellectual property audits designed to identify trademark protection opportunities, as well as licensing services.
Copyrights: Husch Blackwell represents the creators and owners of copyrightable materials and routinely secures copyrights, prepares and negotiates copyright licenses, analyzes fair-use issues, prepares and negotiates agreements with outside developers, and prepares and files applications for copyright registration when appropriate. From pop songs to trading algorithms, our copyright team applies its thorough knowledge of copyright law and draws from our firm’s collective experience with a variety of media, technology and applications to defend and assert our clients’ copyrights.
Trade Secrets & Business Information Protection: Our Trade Secret & Business Information Protection team begins by understanding the controls and systems that business units have in place. From there, we help develop an appropriate protection model that efficiently and strategically integrates and builds on existing controls and systems.
Husch Blackwell filed one of the first complaints under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DSTA) for a Fortune 500 client whose crop seed technology was exfiltrated by a former employee who was a foreign national. Since then, we have advised clients on all aspects of trade secret and contractual protections regarding their key proprietary information, including on a proactive basis before litigation becomes necessary. Our experienced trial lawyers prosecute and defend complex cases involving trade secrets, breach of confidentiality and unfair competition.
Technology Commercialization: Husch Blackwell advises technology-driven organizations of all sizes on how to buy, sell, develop and license technology to achieve business objectives. Our team’s experience spans services from hosting, cloud computing and custom-developed software to smartphone applications and compliance, as well as Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). We have also helped clients complete due diligence for, negotiate, finance and close the acquisition of technology assets and companies. These transactions often include IP license and transfer, data sharing and license, cloud service, software development and license, and technology outsourcing agreements.
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