Intellectual Property

Overview

Our intellectual property lawyers are skilled, experienced professionals who provide guidance for all your IP law needs

Walter | Haverfield’s intellectual property, patent, and trademark attorney group serve a broad spectrum of intellectual property clients, from independent entrepreneurs and start-ups to Fortune-rated corporations, universities and other research-based institutions. The industries we serve are equally broad and include:

  • Financial services
  • Food service
  • Gaming
  • High-tech
  • Manufacturing
  • Space exploration

We employ a full-service model, made possible by our extensive team of seasoned legal professionals who focus on all facets of intellectual property law. From procurement and litigation involving patents, trademarks and copyrights to domain names, digital platforms, trade secrets, legal opinions and licensing agreements, we manage and protect our clients’ interests here in the United States and abroad. Our bench strength in intellectual property law and depth of experience in the field allow us to tackle even the most complex issues, maximizing opportunities and revenue for our clients, while minimizing their risk and competitive threats. Drawing on the full resources of the firm, we provide clients with innovative intellectual property strategies that help them leverage what is perhaps their most valuable asset ― intellectual capital.

Our services in the intellectual property (IP) legal space include:

Trademark Law

Trademarks and service marks are a critical component in protecting your business and your brand. Our trademark attorneys in Cleveland and Columbus work to ensure our client’ products and services are protected across the state, across the country and around the world. We work with our clients on registrability opinions as well as registering, obtaining and monitoring trademarks and service marks, trademark enforcement and defense, licensing, false advertising claims and unfair competitive practices.

Patent Law

Protecting your ideas and products are a critical part of your business’s success. Within an increasingly competitive marketplace, it’s important to ensure your investments are protected. Our intellectual property and patent lawyers in Cleveland and Columbus regularly work with clients across the state of Ohio on a variety of areas, including patentability opinions, patent applications, license negotiations, patent enforcements, infringement analysis and prosecutions, global patent rights and more.

Copyright Law

Walter | Haverfield’s team of copyright lawyers supports their clients in the registration and protection of copyrights for a variety of works. This includes not just books but articles, plays, screenplays, songs and sound recordings, computer programs, and even artwork. We help our clients by handling copyright registration status investigations, registrations, licensing, copyright protection and ownership investigations, as well as infringement cases.

Intellectual Property Litigation

There are times when litigation is necessary to settle intellectual property disputes. Our group of IP lawyers is well-versed in handling all aspects of litigation surrounding patents, trademarks and copyrights, including the enforceability of non-solicitation and non-compete agreements, patent infringements, trademark violations, and plagiarizing and copyright infringements.

Professionals

Experience

Our team’s experience includes:

PATENTS
  • Prepares and prosecutes hundreds of utility and design patent applications.
  • Representation of a client in the semiconductor industry in an ex parte reexamination proceeding, resulting in a reissued patent.
  • Works with clients in various technology industries including telecommunications, electrical and computer science, gaming, robotics, computer software, e-commerce, digital signal processing, semiconductor chip fabrication, financial services, medical devices, and the mechanical arts.
  • Prepares and prosecutes utility and design patents for high profile domestic and international clients.
  • Prepares patent availability, infringement analysis, and freedom to operate reports.
  • Performs patent searches relating to patent availability and patent infringement.
  • Manages all aspects of international (PCT) and foreign patent applications including communicating with foreign associates.
  • Prepared thousands of replies to Patent Office Actions arguing for the patentability of patent applications.
  • Drafted over a hundred patent applications ranging in technology fields from artificial intelligence, wireless communications, antenna design, semi-conductors and memory chip design, industrial automation, online banking systems, encryption, software defined networking, and network function virtualization.
  • Prepared and filed over 50 new patent applications for a variety of clients having expansive technical fields.
  • Prosecuted numerous patent applications through to allowance as patents in the fields of medical devices, imaging devices, financial software, business methods, and more.
GLOBAL Intellectual Property MANAGEMENT AND PROTECTION
  • Experienced in domestic and foreign patent law.
  • Global preparation, procurement, enforcement, and maintenance of trademarks.
  • Works closely with non-U.S. patent and trademark attorneys to secure global intellectual property protection for their clients.
  • Prosecutes foreign patent applications in various European countries through the European Patent Office, as well as the Indian Patent Office, the Korean Intellectual Property Office, and Chinese Patent Office.
  • Consults with foreign companies to achieve U.S. intellectual property protection.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION
  • Prepares numerous patentability, non-infringement, and invalidity opinions.
  • Analyzes products in all stages of development to provide freedom-to-operate opinions.
  • Performs legal research and analysis related to complex intellectual property issues.
  • Drafts patentability and infringement analysis opinions for clients large and small.
  • Provided litigation support through claim analysis and opinion work for International Trade Commission Section 337 investigations.
  • Drafts freedom to operate opinions for emerging businesses with new technology.
BUSINESS RELATED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SERVICES
  • Counsels clients on best practices related to how to protect and increase the value of their intellectual property.
  • Facilitates numerous ideation and forward-patenting planning sessions.
  • Assists multiple clients with portfolio development related to all components of intellectual property.
  • Performs intellectual property risk management assessments.
  • Performs due diligence of intellectual property for business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and licensing agreements.
  • Develops and implements global intellectual property strategy assistance for inhouse counsel.
  • Works with R&D teams to identify and harvest intellectual property.
  • Design patent portfolio strategies to protect core and emerging business.
TRADEMARKS, DOMAIN NAMES & COPYRIGHTS
  • Provides advice regarding copyright law issues such as ownership, works made for hire, fair use analysis, and use of copyrighted work in educational settings.
  • Prepares and prosecutes trademark applications and obtains trademark registrations for clients.
  • Prepares numerous trademark clearance opinions.
  • Routinely performs trademark availability searches.
  • Strategically advises clients with recommendations related to selection of trademarks.
  • Representation of a consumer electronics company in trademark opposition proceedings involving a multinational, Fortune 500 company.

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Recognition

Our intellectual property lawyers in our Cleveland area and Columbus offices are consistently ranked and recognized by Best Lawyers® and Super Lawyers. At Walter | Haverfield, we pride ourselves on providing each client with intellectual property law expertise.