Intellectual property issues are often at the core of competition in today's rapidly expanding world market. U.S. and foreign patent protection. Patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright litigation. The Internet. Technology and merchandise licensing. Worldwide trademark registration and protection. Outsourcing and its attendant concerns. These issues and others define not just profitability but survival.
To make sure your company's intellectual property is protected in the U.S. and abroad, you need a law firm that has extensive experience in all areas of intellectual property law and a full range of capabilities to handle any issue that may arise. Alston & Bird is that law firm. Alston & Bird attorneys draw on more than 85 years of commitment to intellectual property as a specialty practice. Numbering more than 180 lawyers, including approximately 100 legal professionals registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark office and 17 with Ph.D.s., Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property group is one of the largest in any general practice firm in the country.
Depth and Experience
The Intellectual Property Group of Alston & Bird provides a full range of intellectual property services including:
- Patent preparation and prosecution in emerging technologies such as genetic engineering and hybridoma technology, chip and mask technology and computer technology, as well as the traditional areas of electronics, mechanical, chemical and biotechnology matters. We regularly file over 1,500 U.S. and foreign patent applications each year.
- We have one of the largest and deepest intellectual property litigation practices, with jury and non-jury experience in U.S. patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, false advertising and anti-counterfeiting litigation, as well as access to Alston & Bird's substantial depth and expertise in related antitrust matters; and substantial experience in coordinating multinational intellectual property litigation programs. We have obtained eight-figure jury verdicts for plaintiffs and summary judgment victories for defendants.
- Trademark and domain name clearance, registration and portfolio management both domestically and worldwide, including over 13,000 registrations for hundreds of clients in more than 225 jurisdictions. We also protect these rights when necessary in enforcement, opposition and cancellation proceedings.
- Transactional expertise in licensing, sponsorship and merchandising matters and information technology transactions, with a core of lawyers focused on emerging IP issues related to electronic commerce and the Internet, including domain name disputes, web-site and on-line development agreements, encryption technology, marketing and advertising.