Patent Law And Intellectual Property Law Practice
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Stevens Law Group has earned a strong reputation and has a well-established practice in all areas of patent law, including the preparation and prosecution of applications for patents, patent reexaminations, patent licensing, and patent infringement litigation.
Our patent practice group is made up of experienced passionate attorneys and patent agents with an extensive understanding of U.S. and International Patent Office procedures. We have extraordinary depth and expertise in certain of technologies, and we take on only select clients that require focused and specialized services. All of our patent attorneys and patent agents have degrees in electronics, semiconductor and software engineering, and most have real-world hands-on experience in the fields of electrical engineering and computer science. We love technology and enjoy learning about our clients’ latest innovations.
Nationwide, we are consistently ranked at the top in the following technology areas:
Our patent services include:
Experience and Technical Expertise
Our thorough understanding of technology allows us to readily understand inventions and prepare patents which include the relevant technical details clearly and succinctly – protecting valuable time and resources. We have a successful track record in obtaining patent protection for inventions including:
Semiconductor manufacturing equipment and processing
Computing system architecture and design
Networking system architecture and design
Logic and transistor level circuit design
Mechanical arts and pure sciences
Intellectual property law is now more international in scope than ever before. We have long-established relationships with foreign patent firms spanning the world to assist in the international filings of patent applications on behalf of our clients. As in all of our services, we focus on high quality work product and aggressive cost savings for clients.
Applications for foreign patents may be filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, as well as directly in numerous industrialized nations abroad. We also have a large foreign clientele on whose behalf we file applications for United States patents claiming inventions made in other countries.
Our long-term relationships with more than 100 patents firms around the globe result in unparalleled access to an international team of associates focused on client success and cost savings.
Our extensive understanding of technology is paired with our ability to truly understand our clients’ business. By understanding how each idea fits into a client’s business strategy, we play a significant role in the creation of a cohesive and strong patent strategy. Once a strategy is in place, we can assist in targeting spending, encouraging innovation, and maintaining a patent program that will produce optimal results.
Patent Opinions and Searches
We conduct patent-related searches such as:
The results of these searches are analyzed and opinions are then rendered based upon such analysis. Such searches are both domestic and international in scope, and usually include searches for pertinent literature in the field, as well as patents.
Portfolio Analysis and Due Diligence
We have the expertise to review and evaluate a patent portfolios. Many companies desire to give their patent portfolios and generally IP legal processes a sanity check after years of development. Often, internal processes go unchecked and require a fresh new look for cost savings and overall optimization. Portfolio analysis may also be done as part of a “due diligence” process if a client is acquiring a technology-based company. Portfolio analysis includes the evaluation of patents, the research of records at the USPTO to confirm a clear chain of title, and conducting prior art searches to verify validity. We can help analyze and evaluate a company’s patent portfolio and processes and restructure your processes to help recognize the full potential of your company’s IP.
Reexamination and Reissue
We are nationally recognized as experts filing or responding to ex parte and inter partes reexamination requests. We have participated in the development of the America Invents Act, and have consulted with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the drafting of the new rules according to the new patent statute enacted in 2011. Reexamination requests are an alternative to patent litigation, proceeding before the USPTO. With our comprehensive knowledge of the USPTO, along with our experience in prior art searching, we are well positioned to assist clients with reexamination issues.
Stevens Law Group’s patent attorneys have the patent litigation and patent prosecution experience and technical expertise to serve both petitioners and patent owners in Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings.
Although patent-related issues typically are litigated in Federal district courts, it has become increasingly common for parties – particularly defendants named in patent lawsuits – to
initiate parallel proceedings to challenge the validity of asserted patents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The most common of these “post-grant” proceedings (so-named because they are initiated after the patent has issued by the USPTO) is called inter partes review (IPR).
An IPR presents a relatively cost-effective strategy to invalidating one or more patents compared to achieving a similar result through frequently longer district court litigation proceedings. An IPR involves a challenge to patent validity based on other patents or printed publications that predate the challenged patent’s filing date. A petition, or request, to initiate an IPR may be filed by a defendant up to one year after being served with a patent infringement complaint. They may also be filed preemptively, before any lawsuit has been initiated.
An IPR proceeding, if instituted by the USPTO, must be completed within 18 months of
the filing of an IPR petition. There is limited discovery and trial is an oral argument based on
the papers filed by the parties. A successful IPR can invalidate one or more patent claims.
Please contact Stevens Law Group to discuss in greater detail how to address initiating or responding to an IPR petition.
IP Licensing and Transactions
Stevens Law Group has extensive experience structuring, negotiating and closing complex transactions related to technology and intellectual property. Whether your particular transaction requires a license or other agreement involving patents, technology, copyrights, brands, trade dress, content, data, databases or software (including SaaS), SLG has the knowledge and skill to handle your complex transactions in a manner that protects your investment in intellectual property and realizes your IP’s commercial potential.
Leveraging patents or other elements of your IP portfolio (such as trade secrets, trademarks or copyrights) can generate royalty income streams, open new markets, or stymie competitors in the marketplace. Stevens Law Group may help clients organize and execute licensing programs with the potential to generate significant revenue streams, and work with clients to pool patents (including Standard Essential Patents, or SEPs) and comply with FRAND licensing obligations.
Stevens Law Group also can support the technology and IP aspects of broader M&A deal efforts or corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, divestitures, joint ventures, financings, and restructurings. The due diligence associated with IP assets at issue in a complex corporate transaction – such as ascertaining the scope, ownership, assignability, and relative value of IP rights – requires the meticulous attention to detail and technology background that SLG can bring in support of the deal.
Please contact Stevens Law Group to discuss in greater detail your questions and issues relating to IP licensing and transactions.
Patent Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Stevens Law Group has the technical knowledge, legal experience and creative problem-solving mindset necessary to help resolve your patent disputes, in litigation in Federal district courts or the U.S. International Trade Commission, or as part of a negotiated settlement between parties.
SLG’s focus on developing early winning dispute resolution strategies and mustering the associated evidence provides the leverage clients need to resolve IP disputes on advantageous terms, including through pre-trial settlements.
The attorneys at Stevens Law Group have the breadth and depth of science and technology backgrounds that enable your SLG team to frame complicated technological principles into more easily understandable and relatable concepts, a critical differentiator in persuading fact finders – like judges and juries – to find in favor of the SLG’s clients.
Stevens Law Group aims to resolve each patent dispute matter for its clients as successfully, as quickly, and as economically as possible. SLG recognizes that the expense of patent litigation and dispute resolution can be daunting, and it will work with you to develop strategies, solutions and associated budgets that address your needs. More cost-effective options besides litigation, including possibly licensing, mediation, arbitration, or a post-grant proceeding (IPR) before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will be considered carefully as alternative means to resolve your IP dispute.
Please contact Stevens Law Group to discuss in greater detail your questions and issues relating to patent litigation and dispute resolution.
Outside General Counsel and Commercial Agreement Services
Stevens Law Group has the experience to handle the spectrum of legal issues and commercial agreements that arise in the course of an emerging or established technology company. When your company requires assistance with entity formation, operating documents, business or contract negotiations, or dispute resolution, SLG may provide on-demand, pragmatic legal solutions that mitigate risk and are responsive to your strategic business goals.
SLG also may help your company draft, negotiate, and execute the commercial agreements that propel your business forward, including for example non-disclosure agreements, sales agreements, distribution and supply agreements, marketing agreements, joint development agreements, and service or technical assistance agreements. SLG assists by bringing common-sense solutions that are tailored to the particular agreement or transaction, accounting for client corporate objectives, industry ecosystem and competitive landscape factors, and timing sensitivity considerations.
Please contact Stevens Law Group to discuss in greater detail your questions and issues relating to outside general counsel and commercial agreement services.
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