Stites & Harbison's Intellectual Property and Technology (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 prosecution 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.
Tattoos have been at the core of several copyright cases over the last few years. One of the earliest well-known examples was a suit by Mike Tyson’s tattoo artist over the use of Tyson’s face tattoo design in the movie The Hangover Part II, which settled out of court in 2011. However, several more recently undecided cases have raised issues tied to tattoos and copyright infringement. TJ Mihill takes a look at this issue in the latest Stites & Harbison Client Alert.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC welcomes attorney Donovan D. Gibbs II to the firm based in the Louisville, Ky., office. He joins the Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group.
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IP attorney Alex MacKay will co-host this roundtable in the firm's Nashville office on January 31, 2024.
On January 10, 2024, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released Guidelines for Assessing Enablement in Utility Applications and Patents in View of the Supreme Court Decision in Amgen Inc. et al. v. Sanofi et al. The Guidelines are intended to inform U.S. patent examiners and the public about the process to be followed when assessing whether a claim satisfies the enablement requirement under 35 U.S.C. 112(a), after the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Amgen v. Sanofi. IP attorney Patrick Torre takes a look at the guidelines in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.
Irrespective of the Naughty and Nice List, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has rolled out a series of programs over the course of 2023 that may serve to make the spirits of the inventors in your lives merrier and brighter heading into the new year. IP attorney Nick Stewart takes a look at those programs in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.
Owners of intellectual property (“IP”) rights associated with inventions and creative works have discovered that “licensing” is an effective way to monetize their IP. IP attorney Scot Duval takes a look at the ways to do that in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.
A trademark is any word, phrase, symbol, logo, or design – or any combination – used to identify and distinguish the source of the goods or services of one party from those of others. A trademark may be a word or words (APPLE or POLO), logos or designs (the Nike swoosh or Adidas’ three stripes), phrases (IT’S FINGER LICKIN’ GOOD or I’M LOVIN’ IT), shapes of containers or other trade dress (the BLANTON’S bourbon bottle shape), or even a color (HOME DEPOT orange) or sound (NBC chimes). IP attorney Trevor Graves takes a look at the benefits of registration in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Delta State University’s Alumni Association recently inducted Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Richard S. Myers, Jr., into the university’s Alumni Hall of Fame.
On October 30, 2023, President Joe Biden issued a landmark executive order (the Order) directed to promoting use and managing risks of artificial intelligence (AI). The order recognizes the vast potential of AI and directs sweeping actions to protect against the risks of AI. Attorney John Teresinski takes at look at the order in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.
Stephen Weyer takes a look at what the word "hybrid" means in today's world in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.
Mandy Decker takes a look at the different types of intellectual property in this Stites & Harbison Client Alert.
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IP attorney Mandy Decker will be a speaker at this year's 2023 KAM Manufacturers Summit in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Nov. 1-3, 2023.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property (Managing IP) magazine has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys James Hayne and Nick Stewart to its 2023 “Rising Stars” list.
In May, the Supreme Court issued a narrow decision on the issue of fair use in copyright infringement cases. The case, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith, strengthened the position of potential plaintiffs – a little.
Patent attorney James Hayne take a look at five patents to help beat the heat!
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Mandy Wilson Decker was elected as 2023-24 Chair-Elect of the newly-formed Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) Intellectual Property (IP) Law Section.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Kentucky Intellectual Property Alliance (KYIPA) elects Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Mandy Wilson Decker as inaugural Chair of its Board of Advisors. She has served on the group’s Executive Advisory Committee since 2021.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Managing Intellectual Property (Managing IP) magazine recently selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Mandy Wilson Decker to the 2023 edition of Managing IP’s “Top 250 Women in IP.” This is the ninth time Decker has been honored on this list, and she is the only attorney honored from Kentucky.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Managing Intellectual Property (Managing IP) magazine has named nine Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys to the 2023 “IP Stars” list. Managing IP recognizes the most highly regarded intellectual property attorneys in the U.S.