HONORS AND AWARDS

Named Technology Law Firm of the Year by U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms," 2017

Ranked in U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms," 2012 - 2017

    Tier 1 Litigation - Intellectual Property (National; DC)

    Tier 1 Litigation - Patent (DC)

Top 20 U.S. trademark filer, World Trademark Review, 2014

Top 10 in obtaining U.S. trademark registrations, Intellectual Property Today, 2012 - 2015

Highly ranked in Chambers USA, Intellectual Property (DC) and Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secrets (DC), 2017

MICROSITES

Biologics HQ 

Post Grant HQ 

Medical Devices

 

PRACTICE FOCUS

Copyrights

Domain names

International Trade Commission (ITC)

Licensing

Litigation

Opinions

Patents

Trade secrets

Trademarks and trade dress

Unfair competition

 

INDUSTRY FOCUS

Aerospace

Arts

Automotive

Chemical

Computer hardware

Computer software

Consumer products

E-commerce

Financial services

Hospitality

Life Sciences

Mechanical

Media and entertainment

Medical devices

Pharmaceutical

Publishing

Research Institutions

Retail

Telecommunications

Toys and games

 

SCIENCE AND TECHNICAL DEGREES

Applied molecular biology

Astronomy-physics

Biochemistry

Biological sciences

Chemical engineering

Chemistry

Computer engineering

Computer science

Economics

Electrical engineering

Management information

Mathematics

Mechanical engineering

Microbiology

Molecular biology

Molecular genetics

Molecular parasitology

Natural science

Organic chemistry

Physics

 

Intellectual Property

maximize the value of your IP assets


Always responsive to client needs and priorities, Venable's intellectual property team consistently delivers high-quality, practical analyses and advice rooted in real-word experience. Our nationally recognized team of professionals covers virtually every facet of intellectual property law—from litigation to the acquisition and protection of patents, trademarks, and copyrights, to transactions, and global brand protection.

Maximizing and protecting the value of your intellectual portfolio requires a comprehensive, practical strategy led by attorneys with experience and insight. Venable offers depth you won't find at many general-practice firms, as well as breadth you won't find at most intellectual property boutiques. Organizations of every size count on us to balance aggressive and efficient litigation with strategic counseling in all areas of intellectual property, both in the United States, and around the world.

We know the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and we understand the forces driving the value of intellectual property across industries. Many of our professionals have in-house experience, others served as USPTO examiners, most hold technical degrees, all have the skill and savvy necessary to help clients realize the potential of their IP.

EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE AT EVERY STEP: FROM CONCEPT TO COMMERCIALIZATION

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Intellectual Property Litigation

Venable's Intellectual Property Litigation team has a long history of outstanding results in complex intellectual property disputes. As one of the largest groups in the nation, we have successfully represented innovators, patent holders, and brand owners in federal courts, before the International Trade Commission (ITC), in administrative proceedings, and in arbitration and mediation across the country. Our experience extends to nearly every kind of dispute, including patent, trademark, and copyright litigation, as well as Section 337 investigations.

Patent Prosecution and Counseling

Led by former patent examiners and reinforced by attorney-scientists from a variety of technical disciplines, we have prepared and prosecuted tens of thousands of patents for U.S. and international clients. We advise clients whose portfolios total in the tens of millions. In IP audits, we uncover hidden assets, evaluate new technologies, survey the competition for possible infringements and assess the patents of potential acquisitions.

PTO Contested Proceedings

Venable's PTO Contested Proceedings Group is dedicated to representing both patent challengers and patent owners before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Our team includes seasoned patent litigators and registered USPTO practitioners with decades of experience successfully prosecuting patent applications before the USPTO—including reissues, re-exams, and interferences—and arguing appeals before the PTAB and its predecessor.

Trademark Prosecution and Counseling

Venable is dedicated to helping clients protect their brands while providing comprehensive advice on strategy, filing and prosecution, licensing, and related enforcement (e.g., oppositions and cancellations). Globally, we work with an extensive network of trademark lawyers on disputes and transactions as well as the prosecution of trademark applications.

When it comes to domain names, we help clients enforce URLs and combat false search-engine placement. Our attorneys recover names across all domains through administrative dispute resolution procedures. We also counsel clients on threats to their brands, including issues such as "phishing" and "typosquatting."

Copyrights

Venable attorneys have handled seminal copyright disputes in courts throughout the country. We assist leading entertainment companies, video game and software firms, industry associations, and technology organizations in protecting their content against infringement and piracy, in licensing and exploiting their valuable works, and in navigating a variety of matters that include work-for-hire and ownership disputes.

IP Licensing and Transactions

Our licensing team includes not only traditional intellectual property licensing attorneys, but also attorneys in adjacent areas such as advertising and marketing, import and export, bankruptcy, unfair trade, franchising, offshore transactions, tax, and regulation. Many of these attorneys have been engineers, software developers, bench scientists, and consultants for technology businesses. The hands-on experience they bring is critical in negotiating technology licenses, technology transfer agreements, joint ventures, and research contracts.

Venable's Intellectual Property Services for Japanese Companies