Intellectual Property

Porzio Intellectual Property attorneys work collaboratively with life sciences company executives and in-house counsel.  Protecting intellectual property requires an understanding of clients' business objectives as well as the threats inherent in a competitive marketplace.

PATENTS

Members of our team have decades of experience in patent prosecution and the preparation of novelty and freedom-to-operate opinions.  Through their technical undergraduate degrees and hands-on experience, attorneys are knowledgeable in various industries, including chemical, biochemical, biotechnology and medical device.  Our infrastructure enables us to file for patents throughout the world either directly or through the Patent Cooperation Treaty that provides access to a carefully vetted worldwide network of patent attorneys.  We also assist life sciences companies with the licensing of patents and related confidential information.

In patent disputes, our attorneys litigate both traditional and ANDA infringement and validity cases as well as antitrust claims.  We appear before the Board of Patent Appeals when traditional prosecution efforts do not yield the desired result.  We also have extensive experience in patent interference practice.  The chair of our team is a patent litigator and trial lawyer, trained in the chemical, biotechnology, drug delivery and nanotechnology arts.

TRADEMARKS

When the business plan of a life sciences company involves direct marketing of the new compound, drug or device, our trademark lawyers assist in choosing and registering the name under which the substance or device will be marketed.  We represent clients in proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the U.S. Trademark Office and handle appeals with trusted foreign associates.  We have worked with life sciences companies for 20 years and have rare insight into name clearance issues under both FDA standards and those of the USPTO, adding value to the trademark selection and registration services.  We also have the necessary experience to assist in marketing review and protecting the company’s interests in trademark licensing matters.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION

When there is a dispute involving the infringement of intellectual property rights, our lawyers litigate:

  • Trademark, copyright, patent and restrictive covenant violations
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets
  • False advertising and unfair competition

Our experienced litigators both protect the client’s IP and shield the company's business strategy from the negative impact of drawn-out legal battles.