For many businesses, patents are a significant asset and require strategic protection in order for their value to be maintained and maximized. Our Patents team digs deep into your business, your industry and your product in order to manage, protect and enforce your rights.
Through our close working relationships with our clients, we develop deep knowledge of their technologies and the relevant patent landscape, so our clients can rely on our capabilities at all stages of product development, from the initial research and development stage through product commercialization.
We perform extensive freedom-to-operate studies to identify potential barriers to market entry by our clients, and we develop strategies that overcome these barriers, including designing around issued patents, licensing or even provoking an interference or initiating re-examination proceedings. Hughes Hubbard & Reed was at the forefront of using ex parte re-examination procedures affirmatively to invalidate patents in the post-KSR era, a tactic that has now become much more prevalent.
Later in a product’s life cycle, we counsel our clients on enforcing intellectual property rights against potential infringers, and we defend our clients against allegations of infringement. Our roster includes professionals with extensive knowledge of patent law and trial techniques who are well prepared to handle virtually any patent infringement litigation in federal court, at the International Trade Commission (Section 337 actions) or the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Our copyright practice offers a complete scope of services to assist clients in obtaining, enforcing, licensing, buying and selling copyrights and copyrighted material, including literary works, music and video delivered via broadcast and cable. They are well-versed in the protection of computer software, database and information licensing, multimedia and related areas of Internet-copyright issues, advertising, character licensing, and rights of publicity and privacy.
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