Patent Prosecution

As businesses focus on establishing their competitive advantage in a quickly changing economy, patent strategy plays an increasingly important role in corporate differentiation and the establishment of new revenue streams.   Through strategic protection, enforcement, licensing and portfolio management, the value of patent assets can far exceed their cost and contribute to a company’s bottom line.

Key Contacts

Matthew S. Bethards Partner Salt Lake City, UT
John R. Thompson Partner Salt Lake City, UT
John A. Rafter, Jr. Partner Portland, OR
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Overview

Our patent prosecution team understands patent portfolio value creation and offers outstanding  technical, legal and in-house business experience. Our industry and business perspective informs how we manage your patent assets in the context of achieving business objectives. 

Industries Served

  • Aerospace
  • Aviation
  • Automotive
  • Biotechnology
  • Cryptography
  • Display devices
  • E-commerce
  • Energy infrastructure
  • Film and packaging
  • Formulation chemistry
  • Health care
  • Image processing
  • Lasers
  • Manufacturing technologies
  • Materials and composites
  • Medical devices
  • Military and law enforcement
  • Nanotechnology
  • Networking and signal processing
  • Optics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Renewable energy
  • Robotics
  • Semiconductor devices and processing
  • Computer software and hardware

Patent asset management and defense

All of our attorneys and patent agents have undergraduate and advanced degrees in science and engineering and are active participants in technical and scientific trade associations. Our backgrounds and experience span engineering, sciences and mathematics and include electrical, mechanical and software engineering.  Our background enables us to come up to speed quickly so that we can gain a deep understanding of your products and methods. 

Our patent prosecution services include:

  • Preparation and prosecution of patent applications
  • International patent protection
  • Pre-litigation analysis and enforcement activities 
  • Product clearance analysis
  • Portfolio management
  • Strategic patent analysis and opinions
  • Reissue and reexamination
  • Inter partes and post-grant review
  • Foreign opposition proceedings
  • Representation before the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)
  • Licensing and technology transfer
  • Transactional due diligence
  • Joint development agreements
  • Joint research agreements
  • Company invention protection programs and education
  • Patent harvesting services
  • Freedom-to-operate analysis

 When patent infringement disputes arise, we offer deep technical knowledge across the full range of science and technology, allowing us to navigate complex legal disputes without losing sight of our client’s core technical assets. 

Transactions

We’ve directed IP monetization deals and negotiated, drafted and led due diligence for public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions, and company sales. We provide counsel on licensing of patents and rights to inventions, competitive analysis, and collaborative development projects. 

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