In today’s global economy, the continuing growth of the tech industry constantly creates intricate new challenges for businesses of all kinds. At Scarinci Hollenbeck, our attorneys are proficient at dealing with such challenges. Our attorneys have collectively represented a wide variety of business and technology clients in patent, trademark, copyright and related intellectual property matters. This representation encompasses transactions involving technology and intellectual property, such as joint development projects, collaboration arrangements, IP licensing, and manufacturing, distribution, and strategic sourcing agreements.
We offer a full range of services necessary to assist clients in transactions involving technology and intellectual property. Our attorneys have extensive experience in intellectual property and commercial law, and hands-on knowledge of industry best practices. Working collaboratively with a variety of practice groups in our firm, including corporate transactions and business law, intellectual property law, litigation, and insurance, among others, our technology law attorneys are able to assist our clients in establishing the core business terms of their deals in addition to advising on matters including intellectual property rights allocation, licensing terms, warranties, indemnities, and the like. Our technology law attorneys also are experienced in trademark prosecution, patent and know-how licensing, joint development projects, collaboration arrangements, IP licensing, manufacturing, distribution, strategic sourcing agreements, domain name consultation, arbitration, and litigation. These transactions often relate to information technology, computers, software, the Internet, and e-commerce. The technology practice also involves conducting diligence investigations and negotiating terms regarding IP ownership in connection with mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic transactions. Technology lawyers also sometimes act as "outsourced general counsel" for technology companies. The technology practice encompasses transaction law, litigation, arbitration and insurance coverage matters.
AREAS OF SERVICE
We assist clients in securing and managing patent rights for their inventions and designs both domestically and internationally, in collaboration with law firm associates. We provide clients with patent availability searches and “freedom to operate” reports. We also file and fully prosecute non-provisional and provisional patents with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. We also identify opportunities for our clients to add to their intellectual property portfolio through active participation in their creative processes, and assist clients in addressing third-party patent issues that may pose obstacles to commercialization activities, through clearance studies and associated counseling and opinion work.
Trademarks and Domain Names
Our attorneys clear trademarks domestically and abroad, register those marks, maintain them, and advise clients on their continued protection. We join our clients in policing their marks and market identities, and prosecute infringements and counterfeits. The firm's trademark litigators have protected or defended cases involving major brands, and have successfully resolved disputes through alternative dispute resolution methods. Our attorneys have litigated a substantial number of cases before the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board. We also have extensive experience in litigation cases under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, and handling of domain name arbitrations under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy.
New technology continues to stretch the limits of traditional copyright law. Our lawyers protect new forms of copyrightable subject matter including software and database work.
Advances in computer networking technology and tools, information sharing and increased employee mobility have combined to increase the risk of information theft. Our attorneys actively prosecute trade secrets theft, defend against claims of misappropriation, and protect our clients through offensive and defensive strategies that maximize intellectual capital and minimize leaks of valuable information.
The firm's technology lawyers have counseled clients in establishing business on the Internet and litigate Internet-related piracy, infringement and misappropriation claims. Our lawyers are well-versed in the many of the technologies utilized by our clients, allowing immediate collaboration without costly and time-consuming basic education.
Technology Liability Coverage Disputes
The firm's attorneys represent clients in their disputes with property and casualty companies over high-stakes claims relating to all the following types of coverage:
- Commercial General Liability Policies
- Intellectual property specific policies
- Business interruption
- Directors and Officers/Corporate governance
Our success in insurance coverage disputes is based both upon our attorneys' negotiation skills and our commitment to trying cases vigorously and successfully. At the same time, our attorneys maintain cooperative relationships with insurance brokers, facilitating appropriate settlements and preserving long-term relationships. Our lawyers also advise on potential liability exposure and help evaluate the adequacy of insurance before coverage issues arise.
The Technology Law Group handles insurance coverage matters on issues including:
- Advertising Injury
- Copyright Infringement
- Trademark Infringement
- Patent Infringement
- Trade Dress (Packaging) Infringement
- Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Confidential Information
As emerging technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, 3-D Printing, and Robotics expand into common business practice, they will disrupt not only the current economic environment but also the current legal environment. The laws and regulations of the past do not anticipate the arrival of these transformative technologies. Our attorneys have the capability to take a comprehensive look at the businesses advancing these technologies, how they function in the market, and to provide guidance on legal strictures in that market. Having a working knowledge of these new technologies gives us the ability to understand how they work in both business and in the law. Whether the goal is a patent, service contracts, risk assessments, or regulatory guidance, our team is primed to understand your business and meet your needs.