At the Intersection of IP Protection and Business
Working at the crossroad of emerging patent and IP laws and competitive business practices, McGlinchey Stafford’s intellectual property attorneys counsel national and global commercial leaders, research and development teams, educational institutions and innovators.
In 2008 the renowned intellectual property law boutique of Sieberth & Patty, LLC merged with McGlinchey Stafford, deepening our five decades of IP practice experience and service to clients. We have significant strength in IP issues facing the chemical, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and mechanical equipment industries.
From defending patent interference claims made by a Nobel Laureate chemist, to enforcing injunctions that protected a retailer’s trade secrets, our IP attorneys help clients establish, extend, monetize and defend IP assets and portfolios.
Our team of IP attorneys secures and defends vital patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret rights. Hundreds of successful patent applications, as well as the resolution of complex IP issues and litigation, form the foundation of representative matters for our IP practice.
The extensive technical background of our attorneys influences a practice approach that is proactive, cost-efficient and forward-thinking. And highly effective.
Practice Scope – Filing, Prosecution, Litigation and Counsel
Our range of IP services anticipates the burgeoning need of today’s companies and research leaders. When appropriate, we collaborate with firm colleagues in other practice areas to provide comprehensive IP counsel and services, which include:
Patents – U.S. and foreign patent application preparation, prosecution, appeals and interferences. We guide clients through the process and routinely obtain broad and valid patents for research centers, educational institutions, and commercial research and development teams.
Trademarks – Every business needs trademark protection and our attorneys are highly experienced in evaluating and strategically managing trademark assets. We provide comprehensive counsel on U.S. and foreign trademark/service mark applications, prosecution and appeals, and trademark and trade name availability searches.
IP Litigation and Enforcement – Experienced and effective at both defending and enforcing protections, our IP attorneys act aggressively against threats to our clients’ assets. For example, for such diverse clients as an oil and gas exploration company and a publicly-traded insurance brokerage, we protected competitive, multimillion dollar agreements and assets by prevailing during injunction proceedings. Trademark, trade secret and unfair competition litigation matters are also areas of achievement. Our experience includes favorable litigation outcomes in all resolution forums, including mediation and arbitration.
Copyrights – U.S. and foreign copyright applications, publishing and related contracts.
Licensing and Transfers and IP Portfolio Management – Technology transfers, novelty and validity searches, legal opinions and counseling are part of our practice background. Our experience includes negotiating pharmaceutical licenses and highly complex, international licensing agreements for wireless technology used by the blind.
Acquisitions and Sales of IP Assets – We offer opinions and provide due diligence during commercial transactions and have extensive experience working with venture capital investors in IP asset evaluations.
IP Advice and Counsel – Our opinions and advisory experience includes matters involving antitrust and IP issues, noncompete agreements and insurance coverage for IP matters. Additionally, we advise on structuring businesses, IP holdings and agreements within an IP-focused, protective and practical framework.
Trade Secret Protection Counseling – When seeking a patent, our clients may have to reveal valuable trade secrets and other proprietary intelligence. Also, some business models require consideration of trade secret protection strategies as a viable alternative to patent protection. Our attorneys provide strategic counsel on achieving critical protections while commercializing IP assets with trade secret implications.
Expert Witness Consulting – Because of our consistent record of achievement in the IP arena, especially within the chemical and manufacturing sectors, we are asked to appear as expert witnesses and/or consultants from time to time. Several of our attorneys provide expert testimony during litigation matters and are available for pre-trial consultation and in the courtroom.