Patent prosecution has never been more challenging or important. With the recent enactment of the American Invents Act (AIA) and global emphasis on innovation, patent protection continues to evolve. Polsinelli has close to 85 registered patent professionals with the comprehensive backgrounds necessary to protect ideas across numerous industries in this evolving landscape. Many of our professionals have advanced degrees and extensive scientific or engineering work experience, including significant depth in the areas of electrical engineering and computer science.

Polsinelli understands the importance of your IP assets and has the breadth of talent, as well as the expansive industry experience, to tailor our strategies to meet your individual needs. We counsel start-ups, investors, universities and Fortune 100 companies. We help our clients build value by obtaining patents for core innovations or building and managing large portfolios of patents across a broad spectrum of scientific and technological disciplines. At the core, Polsinelli prepares and prosecutes patent applications in the U.S. and assists in U.S. and foreign portfolio management. We believe, however, that to build effective and defensible IP strategies, it is important to do more than just prosecute patents.

Our attorneys understand that patents are business assets, and we help clients maximize the value of their portfolios. Besides patent prosecution, our patent professionals bring experience in patent-centric business transactions and enforcement actions. We are routinely involved in financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, post grant proceedings within the USPTO, freedom-to-operate assessments, licensing and patent litigation. This diversity of experience and the accompanying insights are brought to bear when drafting and prosecuting patents.

Ultimately, we understand that clients desire valuable assets that attract financing or a strategic partner, ward off competition and can be successfully asserted when necessary. Having a team of attorneys with the ability to do more for our clients than just prosecute patents enables us to advise our clients on the best path to protect their interests. 
  • Managing patent portfolios of multi-national telecommunication, pharmaceutical, medical device, computer hardware and software, and consumer products companies, among others 
  • Assisting various start-ups and small companies to protect their core innovations 
  • Assisted a company in bringing a new insecticide to market by issuing freedom to operate opinions, drafting patent applications based on new compositions in use of pesticides, clearance of trademarks so the packaging was relieved of any issues, and close work with executives at the company to ensure both entry into the marketplace as well as protection of intellectual property. 
  • Partnering with leading-edge fitness companies to introduce and protect indoor cycling, power measurement and bike trainer products. 
  • Represented medical technology company funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and acquired by a Fortune 500 medical technology company for over $100M. 
  • Partner with universities to assist students, researchers, and professors to obtain patent protection for various technological innovations 
  • Successfully obtained patent protection for a system for detecting Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The patented technology assists armed forces in detection and avoidance of potential IED threats in a combat zone. 
  • Prepared and filed several applications for a serial entrepreneur to protect his innovations related to cloud computing and 3-D seismic exploration data.
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In what has been called the most significant reform to U.S. patent law in over 50 years, President Obama signed into law a sweeping overhaul of the patent system known as the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.  The Act includes a number of provisions and important changes that will affect every facet of your interaction with the patent system.
September 19, 2011
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The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Bilski v. Kappos and eliminated some of the uncertainty that had been caused by the Federal Circuit's bright-line machine-or-transformation test for patentable subject matter of method patents.  As a result, there will be continuing patent protection for computer software, computer-based business methods and medical diagnostics.
June 28, 2010
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A recent trend in patent litigation is the so-called "false marking" lawsuit.  In fact, lawsuits are being filed daily accusing well-known retailers of violating the false marking statute.  Exposure for defendants in these lawsuits goes beyond the cost of defense.  If a company violates the false marking statute, courts are authorized to assess significant monetary penalties.
March 2, 2010
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