The Polsinelli Intellectual Property Department is a cross-functional group of attorneys organized to service all of our clients' intellectual property needs in a variety of industries. Our attorneys handle the most complex issues facing technology and high tech companies, bioscience and life sciences companies, animal science, medical device, pharmaceutical, chemical, software and business methods, and any of a variety of other high tech industries.

Polsinelli has one of the largest IP practices in the nation with a deep bench of attorneys, patent agents, scientists and other professionals. We are nationally ranked in U.S. News & World Report's 2018 "Best Law Firms" for Patent Law, Trademark Law and Litigation - Intellectual Property. Based on the number of patent applications filed, allowance rate, average number of office actions before allowance and the average time to allowance, we are also ranked among the top 35 patent firms nationwide on Juristat’s Top 100 Patent Firms, 2017. Our department includes respected professionals who have previously served in positions such as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, Director of the USPTO, Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), and as a Mentor in the Global Intellectual Property Academy.  

Our specific areas of focus include:
Our attorneys counsel Fortune 500 companies, mid-size public and private companies, start-ups, universities and not-for-profit research institutes on the versatile challenges these various clients face. We partner with our clients to ensure their ideas are adequately protected. Additionally, we gain a comprehensive understanding of our clients’ business so that our IP services work in conjunction with their business focus, ensuring the best possible outcome.

We assist our clients in developing intellectual property strategies, launching websites, raising capital, acquiring and selling technologies and companies, and developing strategic partnerships. We review and prepare a wide range of technology, vendor, and licensing agreements. We protect our clients’ assets through trademarks, copyrights, patents, licensing agreements, privacy policies, litigation, technology development agreements, and trade secret protection.

Collectively, our department holds more than 90 technical degrees. Our IP attorneys are supported by a highly educated team of Patent Agents and Scientists with advanced degrees in areas such as Pharmacology, Molecular Microbiology, Integrative Biology, Chemistry, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biophysics. Our diverse range of previous professional experience includes serving as Chief IP Counsel for two Fortune 50 companies, holding a faculty position within a university’s Department of Biology, working as a consultant for various pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and holding a position at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
  • Representation of a consumer brands company in the development of a trademark estate that accounts for other marks, while providing a unique message and guidance including branding and entry into a market.
  • Management of the patent portfolio of a Fortune 500 telecommunications company, including close communication with key stakeholders, and assisting the in-house team with the building of a portfolio that is aligned with their business, all within the confines of the client's budget. 
  • Obtained a patent for a drilling fluid bioremediation product in less than nine months, taking advantage of prioritized examination and aggressive examiner interviews. The patented technology resurrected a struggling company, is spurring phenomenal growth, and is helping to provide a green and cost effective way to drill for oil and gas. 
  • Representation of a client in the preparation and negotiation of a naming rights agreement for a professional sports stadium. 
  • Representation of numerous clients in successful ex parte appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. 
  • Secured decision ordering the transfer of 10 domain names from a serial typosquatter pursuant to a UDRP action before the World Intellectual Property Organization. 
  • Filed, and successfully settled, a UDRP action before the World Intellectual Property Organization, resulting in the transfer of an infringing domain name that was registered by a client’s direct competitor. 
  • Counseled clients regarding information privacy and security policies in connection with U.S. and foreign laws (e.g., COPPA, HIPAA, and the EU laws) and industry requirements (e.g., PCI DSS). 
  • Representation of numerous local, regional and national health care providers in negotiating information technology, security, outsourcing and privacy transactions and related agreements. 
  • Represented numerous buyers and sellers regarding intellectual property due diligence, acquisition and transfer in mergers, acquisitions, venture capital investment and lending transactions ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of millions of dollars. 
  • Negotiated syndicated patent acquisition and licensing deal that resolved ongoing patent litigation with nine defendants and resulted in acquisition of more than 180 patents pertaining to display technology used in smartphones and other personal digital devices. 
  • Advised software developer in two licensing deals to integrate digital imaging technology into smartphone operating systems. 
  • Filing and prosecution of approximately 50 trademarks under the Madrid Protocol and has filed/prosecuted more than 2500 marks throughout the world including countries such as Europe, Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Japan, Benelux, Spain, Canada and many other countries. 
  • Prepared, prosecuted, developed, and managed worldwide patent portfolio directed to more than 50 active pharmaceutical ingredients for two Spanish pharmaceutical companies.

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