Intellectual Property

We help clients protect, defend, and maximize the value of their IP assets in a global marketplace.

Lawyers in Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP’s Intellectual Practice group advise clients on the clearance, selection development, preparation, prosecution, registration, protection, enforcement, and transactions related to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and other proprietary rights. Our comprehensive counsel includes representing clients facing a variety of IP disputes, administrative proceedings, arbitrations, and litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States. And because IP is an invaluable global business asset, we have established a network of international IP counsel to assist in protecting our clients’ rights in other countries.

In advising clients, we keep their broader business aims at the forefront, often working collaboratively with Shumaker lawyers in other disciplines. This means our clients receive a single source of coordinated IP counsel and business law advice that allows them to optimize the market value of their IP assets.

Clients benefit from our group’s focus on structuring technology contracts agreements, including identifying deliverables and related specifications and timetables. Since we take the time to understand their business goals and technology capabilities, we are able to devise technology contracts and agreements that make practical sense from a business—as well as a legal—perspective.

When counseling clients, we look for the most creative ways to secure and exploit their IP, construct the most effective protection, and achieve business objectives—whether in the marketplace or in the courtroom. We also routinely counsel clients on preventative measures and are always looking for practical business solutions for our clients in order to avoid high-cost disputes.

Drawing on our experience as business advisors, we help companies accelerate their market penetration through strategic business combinations and alliances. Clients value our experience in due diligence analysis in mergers and acquisitions designed to leverage their IP strengths, as well as in crafting licensing agreements that extend and protect their ownership rights. Before structuring a deal, we ensure that all trademarks, copyrights, and other proprietary rights are fully secured.

Additionally, we are experienced in litigation, arbitration, and mediation involving high-profile corporate technology cases, as well as patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation, and we represent clients in all phases of IP infringement cases. While we seek to avoid the expense of litigation by helping clients resolve disputes through arbitration or mediation, we are aggressive advocates in the courtroom if trial is necessary.

Our Clients

  • Companies in diverse business sectors, arts, and industries—including health care, biotechnology; telecommunications; medical devices; solar; fiber optic networks; software; semiconductors; aerospace; and general electrical, mechanical, and electromechanical arts
  • General business and in-house counsel
  • Technology transfer managers
  • Inventors
  • Investors

Our Services

  • Research, investigation, analysis, and opinions regarding patentability, infringement, design-around current awareness, and due diligence studies
  • Research, investigation, analysis, and opinions regarding availability and ability to register and protect trademarks and trade dress
  • Preparation and prosecution of applications for registration and procurement of patents, trademarks, and copyrights
  • Comprehensive IP litigation, from infringement lawsuits to trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • Protecting trade secrets and confidential information through agreements and litigation
  • Technology transactions
  • Licensing of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, technology, computer software, and other protected material
  • Due diligence and perfection of security interests for intellectual property in commercial transactions
  • Technical assistance to general business counsel, in-house counsel, technology transfer managers, inventors, and investors in all aspects of intellectual property, its scope and strength, title monetization, and disclosure and invention submission procedures