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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Date: 10/10/19
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

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Alexandria office intellectual property attorney Jeffery Langer will be a presenter at this event hosted by the World Trade Center Kentucky on October 10, 2019.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney Nick Stewart to its Louisville, Ky., office.

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Date: 7/18/19
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Date: 6/17/19 - 6/18/19

The Center for American and International Law, 5201 Democracy Drive, Plano, TX 75024

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Managing IP selects Mandy Wilson Decker to 2019 "Top 250 Women in IP" List

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property magazine recently selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Mandy Wilson Decker to the 2019 edition of Managing Intellectual Property’s “Top 250 Women in IP.”

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 22, 2019
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Chambers USA 2019 Honors Stites & Harbison

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Chambers USA selected 16 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys in Kentucky and Tennessee for inclusion in their 2019 guide.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 08, 2019
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Date: 5/7/19
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IIPCC's 3rd Annual Conference - The State of Innovation in the Union

Date: 5/6/19
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Date: 5/16/19 - 5/17/19

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

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