Intellectual Property

Overview

In today's global economy, patents, trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property (IP) are among a company’s most valuable assets.

From aerospace technology, antiviral drugs, software and web content to consumer goods, cartoon character rights and financial services, BakerHostetler helps clients secure and deploy their IP assets for maximum competitive advantage. In thousands of proceedings spanning more than 100 countries, we protect clients’ competitive advantage in negotiations, trials and other dispute resolution proceedings.

BakerHostetler is named as having one of the top intellectual property groups in Georgia, Ohio, and Washington, D.C., by Chambers USA. Our team also has been ranked as the top intellectual property group in Pennsylvania for 15 consecutive years. Additionally, the firm has been named one of the top Trademark and Copyright groups in New York.

BakerHostetler’s IP practice has expanded to more than 130 lawyers, with offices across the country. The lawyers and agents who make up our IP Group have worked as engineers and in-house patent, trademark and copyright counsel for companies and agencies as diverse as Borg-Warner, Canon, Capitol Records, IBM, Union Carbide, McDonnell Douglas, Exxon Mobil, QVC, MCI, Walt Disney Company, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Because of our extraordinary talents and track record of success, BakerHostetler was named a “go-to law firm” for IP law in Corporate Counsel® magazine's guide to law departments in the nation's top companies by in-house counsel at Johnson Controls and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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Our IP Group encompasses six teams:

Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Team

Our Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical team helps clients leverage their intellectual property assets to create maximum revenue and growth, along with a distinct competitive edge. BakerHostetler's experience covers an extensive array of industries encompassed within the chemical arts field, including life sciences and industrial chemical applications. We proactively work with clients to maximize the value of portfolios, handling everything from portfolio management, licensing, planning to litigation avoidance, third-party diligence, portfolio enforcement and evaluation issues.

Copyright

BakerHostetler’s experience in handling copyright issues in media spans more than 95 years. Throughout this time, we have worked alongside our clients as they grappled with changes in the way content is distributed, copied and created. Our team of sophisticated attorneys and professionals utilizes its experience in software and reproduction technologies, along with its deep understanding in intellectual property, media, and Internet law, to remain at the forefront of legal issues, including those created by evolving technologies. This broad base of knowledge and skills allow us to provide our clients with focused solutions in a cost-effective manner, regardless of industry type or company size.

Electrical, Mechanical and Computer Science Prosecution Team

Businesses today operate in a global marketplace of ideas in which protecting intellectual property is not simply a necessary defensive exercise, but, instead, a vital component of strategy that can define the efforts of an entire organization. Our Electrical, Mechanical and Computer Software Prosecution team is comprised of more than 40 registered patent attorneys and agents, many of whom are recognized leaders in areas that include semiconductors, software, navigation systems, medical devices, aeronautics and wireless communications and location technologies. Many of our team members hold advanced degrees in electrical, mechanical and computer engineering fields and bring both a technical and legal understanding of these industries through prior experience as engineers, as well as in-house counsel.

Technology & IP Transactions and Outsourcing

Outsourcing, mergers, acquisitions and virtual technology services and infrastructures enable organizations to vastly increase their reach and speed while dramatically lowering costs—but they pose significant risk, as well. The lawyers on our Information Technology and Transactions team are comprehensive strategic advisers who help clients across all sectors of the economy conduct complex transactions. As advisors, we often help clients choose technology platforms for maximum competitive advantage and profitability, while limiting risk exposure.

Patent Litigation Team

The complexity of today’s technology systems and the high value of intellectual property make industry disputes inevitable. Successful patent litigation requires broad intellectual resources combined with deep technological knowledge and an understanding of client business. Our more than 60 dedicated Patent Litigation lawyers work with our clients as advisors, helping to maximize the value of patent portfolios through licensing and enforcement efforts carefully designed to monetize assets. To form cost-effective legal teams, we draw from our significant bench depth located across the United States.

Trademark Team

In this age of instant information and high-tech communications, a company’s success often depends upon the proper protection of its intellectual property, including its trademarks. We are dedicated to helping our clients strategically grow, secure, protect, defend and enforce their valuable trademark assets, particularly in light of the rapidly evolving global marketplace. Our team of sophisticated trademark attorneys and professionals use their knowledge, skills and experience to provide our clients with focused and cost-effective solutions, regardless of the type of industry or size of the company.

Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Patent Attorney Cincinnati
Partner Atlanta
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Costa Mesa
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Denver
Associate Seattle
Counsel Washington, D.C.
Counsel Dallas
Counsel Washington, D.C.
Counsel Dallas
Partner Seattle
Partner Cleveland
Partner Atlanta
Associate Cincinnati
Partner Atlanta
Counsel Atlanta
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Seattle
Associate Philadelphia
Partner Costa Mesa
Partner San Francisco
Partner Philadelphia
Associate Costa Mesa
Associate Columbus
Patent Agent Costa Mesa
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Costa Mesa
Patent Attorney Atlanta
Associate Cincinnati
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Philadelphia
Associate Cincinnati
Partner Chicago
Associate Philadelphia
Partner Philadelphia
Associate Philadelphia
Partner Seattle
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Atlanta
Associate Philadelphia
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Counsel Chicago
Partner Washington, D.C.
Counsel Atlanta
Partner New York
Partner Costa Mesa
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Columbus
Associate Washington, D.C.
Associate Philadelphia
Partner Costa Mesa
Partner Chicago
Associate Philadelphia
Associate Philadelphia
Patent Attorney Philadelphia
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Chicago
Patent Agent Costa Mesa
Of Counsel Philadelphia
Associate Philadelphia
Partner Philadelphia
Counsel Philadelphia
Partner New York
Partner Philadelphia
Associate Philadelphia
Partner Cincinnati
Associate Philadelphia
Partner Philadelphia
Associate Philadelphia
Senior Patent Agent Costa Mesa
Trademark Attorney Washington, D.C.
Counsel New York
Partner Cleveland
Counsel Cincinnati
Partner Philadelphia
Patent Attorney Orlando
Patent Agent Philadelphia
Associate Chicago
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Seattle
Partner Denver
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Columbus
Partner Philadelphia
Associate Seattle
Patent Agent Atlanta
Patent Agent Washington, D.C.
Associate Philadelphia
Associate Seattle
Partner Chicago
Patent Counsel Philadelphia
Associate Cincinnati
Associate Washington, D.C.
Partner Cincinnati
Partner Seattle
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Cleveland
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate New York
Partner Seattle
Partner Atlanta
Patent Counsel Washington, D.C.
Partner Cleveland
Associate Philadelphia
Partner Denver

Recognition

  • Chambers USA
    • Intellectual Property ‒ Ohio (2011 to 2021)
    • Intellectual Property ‒ Georgia (2017 to 2021)
    • Intellectual Property ‒ Pennsylvania (2007 to 2021)
    • Intellectual Property: Litigation ‒ District of Columbia (2015 to 2021)
    • Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution ‒ District of Columbia (2015 to 2021)
    • Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets ‒ New York (2014 to 2021)
  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Intellectual Property – Copyright (2015 to 2021)
    • Intellectual Property – Patent Litigation: Full Coverage (2015 to 2020)
    • Intellectual Property – Patents: Prosecution (Including Re-Examination and Post-Grant Proceedings) (2015 to 2021)
    • Intellectual Property – Trade Secrets (Litigation and Non-Contentious Matters) (2017 to 2021)
    • Intellectual Property – Trademarks: Non-Contentious (Including Prosecution, Portfolio Management and Licensing) (2019 to 2021)
  • Daily Report Intellectual Property Litigation Department of the Year (2017)
  • IAM Patent 1000 ‒ DC Metro Area (2015 to 2020); Georgia (2019, 2021); Illinois (2019, 2021); Pennsylvania (2015 to 2021); Washington (2015 to 2021)
  • WTR 1000 – The World's Leading Trademark Professionals ‒ Firm and attorney rankings (2013 to 2021)
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”
    • Copyright Law: National (2012 to 2021); Atlanta (2019 to 2021); New York (2018 to 2021); Philadelphia (2014 to 2021)
    • Intellectual Property Law – Orlando (2011 to 2020)
    • Litigation – Intellectual Property: National (2012 to 2021); Atlanta (2021); Chicago (2019 to 2021); Cincinnati (2012 to 2021); Cleveland (2012 to 2021); Columbus (2017 to 2020); Dallas/Fort Worth (2021); Houston (2018 to 2020); New York (2012 to 2021); Costa Mesa (2013 to 2021); Orlando (2012 to 2021); Philadelphia (2014 to 2021); Washington, D.C. (2017 to 2020)
    • Litigation – Patent: National (2014 to 2021); Chicago (2019 to 2021); Cincinnati (2012 to 2021); Cleveland (2014 to 2021); Houston (2018, 2019); Philadelphia (2014 to 2021); Washington, D.C. (2014 to 2020)
    • Patent Law: National (2012 to 2021); Atlanta (2016 to 2021); Chicago (2020, 2021); Cincinnati (2012 to 2021); Colorado (2021); Philadelphia (2014 to 2021); Seattle (2017 to 2021); Washington, D.C. (2013 to 2020)
    • Trademark Law: National (2015 to 2021); Cleveland (2017 to 2021); New York (2017 to 2020); Philadelphia (2014 to 2021); Washington, D.C. (2017 to 2020)
  • Recognized as one of the top law firms for client service, BakerHostetler was named to the 2020 BTI Client Service 30 for the sixth consecutive year.

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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Supreme Court Denies Review of the Written Description Requirement
By Ronald C. Kern Jr., Ph.D.
November 16, 2022
Just days after agreeing to review the scope of the enablement requirement in Amgen Inc. v. Sanofi, Aventisub LLC, the Supreme Court denied Juno Therapeutics, Inc.’s (Juno) request to review the scope of the written description...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Federal Circuit Develops the ‘At Once Envisage' Standard of Anticipation and Affirms the Importance of Specialized Considerations in the Chemical Arts
By Michael Schwartz Ph.D.
November 9, 2022
Anticipation of a claim generally requires that a single prior art reference explicitly discloses each and every claim element.[1] However, absent an express teaching in the prior art, a claim may also be anticipated if it is directed to a...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Supreme Court to Address What it Means to Have an Enabling Disclosure
By Ronald C. Kern Jr., Ph.D.
November 8, 2022
The Supreme Court has granted Amgen’s Petition for a Writ of Certiorari, agreeing to address what it means to provide an enabling disclosure. In particular, Amgen asked the Court to address: Whether enablement is governed by the statutory...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Important Changes in USPTO Trademark Practices to Take Effect on Dec. 3, 2022
By Nancy Rubner Frandsen
October 19, 2022
As part of the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (reported in the IP Intelligence Blog on Dec. 23, 2021), beginning on Dec. 3, trademark applicants will have three months (with a possible three-month extension) to respond to office...
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IP Intelligence: Insight on Intellectual Property
Solicitor General Recommends that Supreme Court Accept Review of Case Involving Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Trademark Law
By Andrew E. Samuels
September 28, 2022
In a May 2022 post, we noted that the Supreme Court called for the views of the Solicitor General on whether to accept review of Abitron Austria GmbH v. Hetronic International, Inc., a case involving the international reach of U.S...
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