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Intellectual Property & Technology

As a full-service group whose practice spans the globe, Stites & Harbison’s Intellectual Property and Technology (IPT) Group counsels and represents both domestic and international clients across the full range of intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and licensing.

All businesses have intrinsic value in the creativity, invention, and innovation that makes them unique. In order to reach full commercial potential, however, an idea, product, or service must be properly protected. What distinguishes Stites & Harbison is our commitment to fully understanding not only our clients’ intellectual property but also their business and the markets in which they compete. This allows us to provide the greatest return on our clients’ intellectual property assets.

Our attorneys provide effective and efficient counsel from the creation and registration of intellectual property assets through the management and enforcement of intellectual property rights both in the United States as well as internationally.

Members of the IPT group possess technical experience and hold advanced degrees across a wide variety of fields including engineering, biology and life sciences, chemistry, and computer science. Through our office in Alexandria, VA, our attorneys can easily visit the United States Patent & Trademark Office to advocate for our clients in person.

Transactional Services

In addition to securing patents, trademarks, and copyrights at the state, national, or international level, Stites & Harbison’s IPT Group also assists in developing and implementing intellectual property protection plans which are tailored for each client, whether an independent inventor, start-up, well-established business, or university. We work to maximize the value of our clients’ intellectual property through licensing agreements, sponsorship agreements, and other relationships with third parties. We draft and negotiate the appropriate terms related to the intellectual property, whether they are central to or incidental to a larger transaction. When needed, we also issue validity, infringement, and right-to-use opinions regarding our clients’ or a third-party’s intellectual property.

Litigation Services

Stites & Harbison’s IPT Group has extensive experience litigating intellectual property matters before federal and state courts throughout the nation. This experience also extends to all levels of appeals, including the United States Supreme Court. Our firm's litigators aggressively protect the intellectual property assets of our clients, and defend those who have been wrongfully accused of infringing others’ intellectual property rights. The firm has handled a number of significant and well-known intellectual property disputes and has served as lead counsel in intellectual property litigation in more than 30 states. Examples of our IPT group’s work can be found here.

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What others are saying about us

"I have worked with a number of patent law firms in the past, and ... Stites & Harbison far exceed any other firm in their responsiveness, knowledge of the pharmaceutical / biotechnology field, flexibility and commitment. They work closely with you to make sure the applications are accurate, strong and well presented. In addition, they not only manage the entire process, but provide strategic input and are impeccable in their follow-up. They have a global network, and draw upon resources as required to address the needs of their clients."

U.S. News & World Report / Best Lawyers - "Best Law Firms" Client Interviews 2017

"Stites & Harbison has displayed an in-depth knowledge of patent law and has been very helpful in navigating us through the process."

Chambers USA 2017
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Events

Intellectual Property Seminars

Date: 5/16/19 - 5/17/19

Marshall University, Huntington, W.Va.

Attorney Terry Wright will present three free intellectual property seminars focusing on 3-D designs and manufactured goods, pharmaceuticals and medical devices presented by the Marshall University Technology Transfer Office in Hunington, W.Va.

Terry L. Wright April 19, 2019
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison attorneys Robert Scully and Jeffery Langer honored by Super Lawyers for 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The 2019 editions of Virginia Super Lawyers and Washington DC Super Lawyers have honored attorneys Robert E. Scully, Jr. and Jeffery P. Langer, Ph.D., of the Alexandria, Va., office of Stites & Harbison, PLLC.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC April 16, 2019
Trademarkology

US PTO Proposed Rule for Foreign Trademark Applicants and Registrants

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (the “PTO”) has proposed new rules that would require foreign trademark applicants and registrants to engage U.S. attorneys to prosecute applications, handle post-registration matters, and represent them before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

by Alexandra MacKay April 12, 2019
Client Alerts

A Costly Reminder to Continually Re-Evaluate Your IP

The patent process can be frustrating and often involves a significant investment of time and money. As such, it may be tempting to assume that when the Patent Office issues a patent it is safe to assert your rights therein. However, as noted in a recent decision from the District Court for the District of Delaware, doing so may leave you on the hook for attorney’s fees.

by Sean P. Ritchie March 21, 2019
Trademarkology

Forfeiture and Collective Membership Marks

Most marks are either trademarks (used in connection with goods) or service marks (used in connection with services). But there are a few other kinds of marks.

by Alexandra MacKay March 20, 2019
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison Elects Richard Myers, Jr. to Management Committee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Stites & Harbison, PLLC recently elected attorney Richard Myers Jr. to the firm’s six-member Management Committee to serve a two-year term.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC March 11, 2019
Client Alerts

Supreme Court Throws Copyright Owners Curveballs

It is weeks away from opening day, yet the United States Supreme Court had its own pre-season double header of sorts this past Monday. The United States Supreme Court issued unanimous decisions in two copyright cases on March 4, 2019.

by Alexandra MacKay and Mari-Elise Paul March 06, 2019
Events

2019 Global IP Strategy Conference

Date: 3/15/19
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sterne Kessler Offices, 1100 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC

IP attorney Jeffery Langer will be a featured speaker and panelist at the 2019 Global IP Strategy Conference in Washington, D.C.

Jeffery P. Langer Ph.D. February 06, 2019
Client Alerts

New Guidance from the USPTO Aims to Clarify Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Determination

On January 7, 2019, the USPTO released updated guidance on how Patent Examiners should determine whether an invention is directed to subject matter that is eligible for patent protection under 35 U.S.C. § 101.

by Sean P. Ritchie and Terry L. Wright January 15, 2019
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison Promotes Five Attorneys in 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC announced today that five attorneys have been promoted within the law firm effective January 2019.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 04, 2019
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Lawyer Monthly Names Stites & Harbison as Law Firm of the Year-USA for 2018 in Two Categories

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Lawyer Monthly has selected attorneys Mike Risley and David Owsley as well as Stites & Harbison, PLLC as recipients of the “Legal Awards 2018.” Risley and the firm won in the category of Benefits and Pensions – Law Firm of the Year – USA; Owsley and the firm won in the category of Technology, Data Privacy – Law Firm of the Year – USA.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 28, 2018
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Stites & Harbison Recognized as Client Service Leader in BTI Client Service A-Team 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—BTI Consulting Group recently selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC as a client service leader in the prestigious BTI Client Service A-Team 2019: The Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 27, 2018
Press Releases

Kentucky Super Lawyers Honors 42 Stites & Harbison Attorneys for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 2019 edition of Kentucky Super Lawyers recently honored 42 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in the Covington, Frankfort, Lexington and Louisville, Ky., offices. The publication named 33 attorneys to the Super Lawyers list and nine attorneys to the Rising Stars list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 07, 2018
Events

IP: Protecting and Enhancing Your Current and Future Success

Date: 12/17/18

Ideal Lab, 1/F, No. 5 Science Park West Avenue, Hong Kong Science Park

IP attorney Jeff Langer is a featured speaker at this seminar presented by IIPCC in Hong Kong.

Jeffery P. Langer Ph.D. November 29, 2018
Press Releases

Ten Stites & Harbison Attorneys Honored by 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The 2018 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers recently honored 10 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys. Five attorneys were named to the Super Lawyers list and five were named to the Rising Stars list. Of...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 27, 2018
Presentations

Identifying and Implementing an Intellectual Property Protection Strategy for your Business

Terry Wright led a program for university members and the community including an overview of the main areas of intellectual property law (patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright) and continued more specifically on the various types of patent protection.

by Terry L. Wright October 11, 2018
Presentations

Intellectual Property Protection

Terry Wright led a program for university members and the community including an overview of the main areas of intellectual property law (patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright) and continued more specifically on the various types of patent protection.

by Terry L. Wright October 11, 2018
Trademarkology

Does Ohio State Own the O?

We recently looked at the idea of state universities claiming a (limited) monopoly on the right to use the name of their state on clothing and other items. At first blush it seems surprising that anyone can have the exclusive right to a state name, but trademark law allows it in the right circumstances, and with limitations.

by John W. Scruton October 10, 2018
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison named as BTI Law Firm Technology Leader for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to be singled out by corporate counsel in the most recent BTI Consulting report as one of only 61 BTI Law Firm Technology Leaders. These firms embrace and...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 19, 2018
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Best Lawyers in America honors 72 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 has recognized 72 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 49 areas of practice. Forty-two of those attorneys selected have been honored for 1...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 16, 2018