Intellectual Property/ Patent

 
Christopher T. McWhinney Partner (202) 775-1216 vCard
Nicholas M. O'Donnell Partner (617) 338-2814 or
(212) 660-3000
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Gerald D. Silver Partner (212) 660-3096 vCard

Our lawyers are skilled in all phases of the patent process, including prosecution of individual patent applications and successful challenges to competing claimants. We follow a well-planned process to assess whether an invention is distinctive enough to receive patent office approval and whether the claim is properly positioned against competing inventions. We perform complete patent searches for possible infringement conflicts before clients attempt to patent and introduce a new product or product family, and offer guidance on how to circumvent any possible conflicts and still gain innovative advantage. 

Representative Client Work

  • Representing a gaming and software development company in creating and maintaining a portfolio of several hundred patents around the world
  • Represented pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers in connection with the strategic development and prosecution of their patent portfolios
  • Represented a dental company in connection with the strategic development and prosecution of its patent portfolio related to medical and dental devices and compositions
  • Represented a defendant in patent infringement action involving online advertising software
  • Represented a chemical company in patent procurement and an infringement action involving water purification
  • Defended a telecommunications service provider against patent infringement allegations involving call waiting and caller identification technologies
  • Counseling and opinion work on patent issues spanning a variety of technologies, including: location-based services in mobile telecommunications; earthquake monitoring; customer loyalty rewards programs; network and database security; two dimensional bar code technology; carbon fiber fabric manufacturing and design patent infringement issues