Intellectual Property Group

Butler Snow's Intellectual Property Group is experienced in all areas of intellectual property, technology commercialization, domestic and international licensing and related litigation matters. Our practice ranges from multinational organizations with established worldwide intellectual property and technology interests to individuals and start-up entities entering the domestic or international marketplace for the first time. We are focused on providing the specialized assistance needed for today's complex technology and intellectual property issues.

The experience of our intellectual property attorneys enables our clients to protect and increase the value of their businesses through the strategic handling of their intellectual property and technology needs.

Practice highlights
  • Our intellectual property attorneys are well recognized by their peers in The Best Lawyers in America®.

  • They have actively participated on committees of the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Section and Forum Committee on Franchising, the International Trademark Association, and Board of Governors of the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association, among others.
Representative experience
  • Patents, trademarks, copyrights – Our attorneys handle prosecution of patents and registration of trademarks before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as well as registration of copyrights before the U.S. Copyright Office. Our patent attorneys have experience in the prosecution of patents involving electromechanical and mechanical subject matters as well as computer software and hardware.

  • Biomedical patents – We also have patent prosecution experience in biomedical and biotechnical areas such as medical diagnostics, immunological and DNA-based testing. Our trademark attorneys handle some of the oldest registered marks and regularly practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Trade secret protection – We handle trade dress and trade secret protection, and establishing intellectual property protection and infringement protocols. In these areas, we represent established companies as well as start-up businesses whose primary assets are emerging technologies or research and development data. Several clients in the start-up arena are developing inventions which originated at universities, research institutions and national laboratories.

  • Licensing agreements – We help clients exploit intellectual property through licensing agreements, joint ventures and other collaborative arrangements both domestically and internationally.

  • International network – We have established working relationships with lawyers and consultants throughout the world. This network enables us to coordinate our clients' legal and regulatory needs in any foreign jurisdiction.

  • Technology – Our attorneys are experienced in computer software and technology licensing, electronic commerce, domain name protection, internet matters, multimedia issues, technology transfer and compliance with U.S. trade laws including export controls and practice before the International Trade Commission.

  • Franchisors – We regularly counsel franchisors and assist them in complying with disclosure and registration requirements.

  • Antitrust and trade – Our attorneys handle antitrust and trade regulatory issues, including representing clients before the FDA, FTC and other state and federal agencies.

  • Litigation – We also have extensive experience in complex intellectual property litigation, antitrust and unfair competition litigation, including matters concerning trademark, copyright and patent infringement, false advertising, trade secret misappropriation, trade dress infringement, domain name disputes, and franchise termination. See IP Litigation.

For additional information on Intellectual Property and Technology, please contact Hemant Gupta.

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