Intellectual property is a significant asset for companies in today’s competitive landscape. Protecting that asset is critical. Intellectual property is more than patents and trademarks — it is the people, practices and big ideas that keep a business running. No matter the industry, organizations need legal counsel that can identify, protect and enforce their ongoing IP rights and that can secure their freedom to operate in the marketplace.
Taft’s team of Intellectual Property attorneys focuses on providing comprehensive legal strategies to support clients’ needs and goals. Our group consists of more than 60 attorneys, including more than 30 registered patent attorneys and agents, who are well-positioned with the experience and connections to protect our clients’ IP needs.
In addition to patent, trademark, and copyright protection and litigation, our IP attorneys advise clients on the trade secret protection, unfair competition, false advertising and the right of publicity. We have experience representing clients across industries, including financial services, software development, electric manufacturing, specialty chemicals, security, automotive, entertainment, and health care.
Our attorneys assist clients in a range of traditional and innovative IP matters, from drafting licensing and development agreements and handling disputes to assisting individuals and institutions from early research through commercialization. We have experience litigating suits regarding involving technologies such as avionics, LCD optics, video signaling, semiconductor design and operation, thin film transistor manufacturing and design, voice-over-internet telephony and firewalls, routers and switches, network topology and message routing, LED design and operation, PECVD manufacturing processes, regulated medical devices, pharmaceutically active substances and formulations, cellular screening methods, computer software and electronic point of sale devices.
Taft’s patent prosecution team consists of over 30 registered patent attorneys and agents that practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and prepare and prosecute patent applications in a broad range of technologies. We provide patentability studies and opinions; right-to-use (non-infringement) studies and opinions; patent license preparation and negotiation; and client counseling relating to both client and competitor patents and related technologies.
While we regularly guide clients through all stages of litigation, including appeals, the goal is always to avoid and resolve potential disputes before they reach that point or, at the very least, to achieve a successful result as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Founded over 30 years ago, Workman Nydegger specializes in intellectual property law and complex litigation. The firm represents a wide array of clients in all areas of intellectual property law and complex litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright, litigation and prosecution, unfair competition and related licensing matters, and legal opinion, including pre-ANDA invalidity opinions, and possesses expertise in a diverse range of technologies, including computer systems, software, e-commerce and information technology; electronics and electrical engineering; pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, chemical, biotechnology, and medical and life science technologies; physics and optics; mechanics and mechanical engineering and alternative energy. For additional information, please visit www.wnlaw.com.
DR. ADELAIDE K. LEITZEL, a registered patent agent, holds a Ph.D. in genetics and molecular biology from the University of North Carolina and received her undergraduate degree in biology and history from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. She has extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications for inventions from diverse areas including genetics, transgenic animals, immunology, bacteriology, cardiology, nephrology, pulmonology, diagnostic methods, transgenic plants, plant pathology, and plant development. Her research was published in the journal Yeast. Dr. Leitzel is a registered patent agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She practices in the area of Patent Prosecution with a focus on Life Sciences. Dr. Leitzel has published multiple articles on the unique aspects of life sciences patent prosecution, especially the Myriad decisions.
Sterling D. Fillmore counsels clients in all aspects of intellectual property. He works with companies of all sizes, ranging from global multinational corporations to small startups and single inventors. He also serves universities, both in and outside of Utah, in procuring patents in both the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Fillmore has extensive experience in all matters of patent prosecution, including the preparation and filing of patent applications in the U.S. and abroad, conducting examiner interviews and post-examination proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Prior to law school, he studied physics and spent nearly four years working on research involving ferritin protein nanobatteries and indium-doped semiconductor nanocrystals. Mr. Fillmore also counsels clients in patent infringement and validity opinions, licensing of intellectual property rights, freedom to operate, and due diligence of IP portfolios during acquisitions and mergers.