Patent matters are among the most important and complex legal issues facing companies today. For the owner, patented protection can be a highly valuable asset and, by ensuring a return on investment, critical to attracting investment in research and development. For the non-owner, defending against claims of patent infringement is expensive and may expose a company to tremendous damages liability and/or a permanent injunction.
Adding to the complexity of patent issues, U.S. patent law is undergoing its most fundamental reforms in over 50 years. Enacted in 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) brought with it numerous changes to how patents are granted, challenged and enforced, and U.S. patent law has been further reformed in recent years by the federal judiciary.
Manatt’s Patent Prosecution and Litigation group has decades of experience adapting to the changing legal landscape can apply this same agility and acumen to help you navigate this rapidly evolving environment, but make it work to your advantage.
A good defense can sometimes be the best offense, and our attorneys know how to strike an appropriate balance between respect for others’ intellectual property and innovation in a fast-moving commercial environment. We regularly guide clients through the process of assessing third-party patent rights and, when necessary, defend patent infringement claims.
With change comes opportunity, and in addition to being adept at handling patent litigation, we have handled the full range of patent-related business transactions. We assist clients with every step of the patent process, from preparation and prosecution of patent applications and post-grant proceedings in the USPTO to licensing and enforcement activities in the federal courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).
Technical ExperienceOur patent team includes attorneys and consultants with technical backgrounds in computer science, communications, networking, electrical components, Internet technology and mechanics, including a number who held senior technical positions at industry-leading companies and associations. Our team even includes a Wizard—Apple’s designation for the highest level of technical expertise. Our technologists help our litigators do what they do best: mount a masterful strategy that achieves a client’s business objectives, whether on offense or defense.
This marriage of legal smarts and strong technical skills makes all the difference between success and failure in court. If you are tired of spoon-feeding technical information to your lawyers, you will find it easy to work with Manatt.
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