Sutherland’s patent lawyers possess strong scientific and technical backgrounds, enabling us to provide exceptional strategic IP counsel.
Companies invest tremendous resources into developing inventions and innovations, yet losing control of intellectual property can be frighteningly easy. Patents allow companies to protect their valuable intellectual property, and many clients rely on Sutherland to leverage and safeguard their portfolios. Our attorneys bring a unique combination of technical knowledge and legal acumen to our patent practice, providing prosecution, counseling and opinion advice that allows clients to develop global strategies and programs. We help clients protect their proprietary technologies. We focus on practical and business aspects geared to our clients’ commercial objectives, so they can maximize protection, build assets, protect markets and develop revenue streams for patentees, their investors, licensees and business partners.
Patent law requires extensive and detailed knowledge of the underlying scientific disciplines that form the base for new inventions and innovations. The broad scientific and technical backgrounds of our patent lawyers enable us to advise clients on a wide range of technologies. Our patent lawyers prepare and prosecute patent applications in many different areas.
Our attorneys protect the IP of many prominent global entities, including some of the world’s largest life sciences research institutions, chemical companies, financial transaction providers and energy production companies. However, our practice is not limited to counseling Fortune 100 companies. Our client roster extends to entrepreneurs and start-ups, and we provide IP counseling on products and processes from inception to marketing. Our group works closely with Sutherland’s other practice areas to develop and execute strategies for clients seeking to enforce their rights or who are accused of violating the rights of others.
Technical knowledge. Many of our professionals have prior experience as scientists and engineers, such as our chemical prosecution team that includes three Ph.D. chemists and six chemical engineers.
Range. Sutherland’s IP practice assists companies with all of their domestic and international needs. We counsel clients on patent prosecution, validity analysis, litigation and portfolio management; freedom-to-practice opinions and patent infringement strategic counseling; technology transfer, patent licensing and other cooperative commercialization agreements; re-issue, re-examination, and interference practices; due diligence reviews in connection with mergers and acquisitions; and IP audits and evaluations.
Corporate and regulatory backgrounds. Several of our patent attorneys have worked as in-house counsel at industry-leading companies and as examining attorneys at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), giving us unique insights into business objectives and regulatory priorities.
Focus. Our IP Practice Group is composed of nearly 30 attorneys, 25 of whom are registered patent attorneys.
Trial experience. Our attorneys are willing and able to litigate on behalf of our clients. Our patent litigation team represents both plaintiffs and defendants involving a variety of technologies in cases involving disputes over infringement, validity, inventorship and ownership of patents.
Serving a wide range of industries. Our clients’ patented goods and services encompass consumer products, computers, software, electronics, basic and specialty chemicals, energy and clean technologies, biomedical devices, biotechnology, and include mechanical inventions as well the emerging area of business methods.
Nuts and Bolts
We provide the full range of patent services, including:
Preparing and filing patent applications in all of the technological arts
Prosecuting patents in the U.S. and internationally
Auditing technology to identify patentable subject matter and develop strategies to protect it
Advising on alternative methods to protect patentable, commercially valuable information
Mapping client patents and/or competitor patents for strategic analysis
Developing and implementing patent programs to grow and manage patent portfolios
Performing due diligence reviews and negotiating IP-related provisions in mergers and acquisitions
Performing a due diligence validity review of pending or issued patents
Preparing non-infringement invalidity and clearance opinions
Analyzing and advising with regard to infringement claims of patent-holding companies
Drafting, negotiating and advising about technology development and acquisition or licensing
Litigating issues of ownership, licensing, validity and infringement
Often, the first and most important action attorneys can take is to truly listen to their clients. We always consider how patents fit into a client’s overall business objectives, and listen carefully to identify exactly what the client views as a successful outcome.