Intellectual Property & Technology

Patent Prosecution & Protection

Stites & Harbison's Intellectual Property and Trademark (IPT) Group includes more than 20 attorneys, many of whom are Registered U.S. Patent Attorneys. We counsel clients on matters relating to domestic and international intellectual property issues, and assist them in securing domestic and international patent rights. From our Alexandria, Va. office location, our patent attorneys can easily visit the United States Patent & Trademark Office and advocate in person for our client's inventions.

Our clients include independent inventors, Internet and biotech start-ups, established brick-and-mortar businesses and universities.

Our patent attorneys have prosecuted patent applications covering a wide range of technologies, from simple mechanical devices to complex software packages, biotechnological inventions, and business methods.

The IPT Group not only prosecutes patent applications; we also assist clients in protecting existing patent rights, and in developing and implementing intellectual property protection plans. Our attorneys regularly issue validity, infringement, right-to-use, and patentability opinions. They also negotiate licenses and technology transfer agreements, and manage and conduct litigation to protect and enforce the patent rights.

Stites & Harbison is one of the Top Patent Firms in the nation named by Intellectual Property Today (March 2015 issue) with respect to the number of utility patents issued in 2014.

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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
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
Press Releases

Mandy Wilson Decker Named to Managing IP's 2018 'Top 250 Women in IP' List

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Managing Intellectual Property magazine recently selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Mandy Wilson Decker to the 2018 edition of Managing Intellectual Property’sTop...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 21, 2018
Press Releases

Managing IP Honors Stites & Harbison Attorneys on 'IP Stars' 2018 list

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property magazine has named seven Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys to the 2018 “IP Stars” list. The publication recognizes the most highly regarded by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 18, 2018
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Chambers USA 2018 Honors Stites & Harbison

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 18 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2018 guide. The Chambers USA guide ranks the top law firms and leading attorneys in the United...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 08, 2018
Articles

Rapid changes in the Chinese legal system, an increasingly attractive venue for IP litigation

For many years, foreign companies were reluctant to seek and enforce intellectual property protection in China. The Chinese intellectual property legal system has matured rapidly, however.

by Jeffery P. Langer Ph.D. May 07, 2018
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison bolsters its international intellectual property capabilities

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney Jeffery P. Langer to the firm as a Member (Partner) in the Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group. He...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC March 19, 2018