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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Press Releases

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
Press Releases

Managing IP honors Stites & Harbison attorneys on "IP Stars" 2019 List

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property magazine has named seven Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys to the 2019 “IP Stars” list.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 22, 2019
Press Releases

Terry Wright Elected to Fund for the Arts Board

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Fund for the Arts has elected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Terry Wright to its Board of Directors. He will serve a three-year term.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC May 15, 2019
Client Alerts

Amazon Unveils Its Utility Patent Neutral Evaluation Procedure

Amazon has recently implemented a relatively inexpensive procedure to address allegations of patent infringement relating to products sold on the world’s largest e-commerce site.

by Melissa Hunter Smith and Joel T. Beres May 13, 2019
Press Releases

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
Events

Battery-Powered Medical Devices Market Trends & Opportunities

Date: 5/7/19
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Memphis Bioworks Foundation Auditorium, 20 Dudley Street #900, Memphis, TN 38103

IP attorney Sean Ritchie will join a panel of speakers discussing today's technological developments in medical diagnostics and prognostics at Memphis Bioworks Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.

Sean P. Ritchie May 06, 2019
Events

IIPCC's 3rd Annual Conference - The State of Innovation in the Union

Date: 5/6/19
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

United States Capitol (US Capitol Visitors Center), First Street Northeast, Room SVC 209-08, Washington, DC 20004

Join panels of experts as we explore the state of innovation in the United States from the private, government, academic, and public perspectives.

Jeffery P. Langer Ph.D. April 30, 2019
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
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
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
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