Intellectual Property

Overview

In today’s global economy, patents, trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property (IP) are among the most valuable assets of market leaders and rising businesses.

From aerospace technology to antiviral drugs, from software and web content to consumer goods, from cartoon character rights to financial services, BakerHostetler has the hands-on knowledge necessary to help clients secure and use IP assets for maximum competitive advantage. In thousands of proceedings spanning more than 100 countries, we protect client’s competitive advantage in negotiations, trials and other dispute resolution proceedings.

As of January 1, 2014, BakerHostetler combined with Woodcock Washburn, one of the country’s most respected IP boutique law firms. With this combination, we doubled our existing IP practice to 140 lawyers and have offices in three additional significant markets—Atlanta, Philadelphia and Seattle. Founded in 1946, Woodcock Washburn is rated one of the top IP law firms in the United States by IP Law & Business. For 11 consecutive years, Chambers USA has listed the firm as the top IP firm in Pennsylvania. Moreover, BakerHostetler has deepened its existing depth of experience in the electrical and mechanical industries and significantly increased technical capabilities in computer sciences, biotechnology, the chemical arts and life sciences.

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, 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. Our practices in information-technology, patent and technology law each received a National First-Tier Ranking from The Best Lawyers in America© 2013 edition (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

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Our IP Group encompasses eight 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.

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.

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.

Copyright, Content, and Platforms Team

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.

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.

Information Technology and Transactions Team

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.

Media Law and Digital Content Team

Our digital media content team serves clients in all traditional and digital media. We help top international, national, and regional clients develop Internet platforms and negotiate agreements for Internet sales and distribution, information services and computer games. We advise clients concerning their marketing and advertising activities and we base such advice on broad experience developed in our representation of clients in music, motion pictures, gaming software, and other entertainment fields. Moreover, we are particularly well known for developing First Amendment law for media companies and the journalists and writers who work for them.

Privacy and Data Protection Team

We have one of the nation’s largest practices in the area of data privacy and information security. Our team is ranked with "considerable praise" in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business and holds the distinction of being “Recommended for Client Service” and “Recommended for Commercial Awareness.” We emphasize the importance of preparing clients to respond when a breach occurs. We routinely work with clients to prepare for such possibilities because we understand the importance of mitigating the potential impact of media coverage, federal and state investigations and related consent decrees, consumer complaints and other potential issues.

Professionals

Name Title Office Email
Associate Washington, D.C.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Atlanta
Staff Attorney Los Angeles
Staff Attorney New York
Partner Philadelphia
Associate Cincinnati
Partner Los Angeles
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Atlanta
Partner Philadelphia
Associate Denver
Associate Philadelphia
Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
Associate Philadelphia
Associate Philadelphia
Associate Atlanta
Of Counsel Atlanta
Counsel Washington, D.C.
Partner Seattle
Staff Attorney Washington, D.C.
Associate Philadelphia
Associate Cleveland
Partner Atlanta
Staff Attorney Cleveland
Of Counsel Washington, D.C.
Associate Atlanta
Counsel Houston
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Philadelphia
Associate Philadelphia
Associate Seattle
Partner Philadelphia
Counsel Atlanta
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Costa Mesa
Partner New York
Associate Atlanta
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Philadelphia
Counsel New York
Of Counsel Philadelphia
Partner Los Angeles
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Seattle
Partner Seattle
Partner Philadelphia
Partner New York
Associate Philadelphia
Patent Agent Washington, D.C.
Associate Atlanta
Associate Philadelphia
Associate Philadelphia
Partner Philadelphia
Associate Philadelphia
Partner Washington, D.C.
Counsel Philadelphia
Associate Philadelphia
Associate Atlanta
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Washington, D.C.
Counsel Philadelphia
Associate Philadelphia
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Atlanta
Associate Houston
Partner New York
Partner New York
Partner New York
Associate Washington, D.C.
Associate Philadelphia
Associate Philadelphia
Partner Cincinnati
Partner Cleveland
Partner Seattle
Partner New York
Counsel Los Angeles
Partner Costa Mesa
Counsel Washington, D.C.
Partner Philadelphia
Counsel Philadelphia
Partner Chicago
Associate Washington, D.C.
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Philadelphia
Counsel New York
Partner Los Angeles
Partner Philadelphia
Counsel Washington, D.C.
Associate Philadelphia
Partner Cincinnati
Associate Washington, D.C.
Partner Cleveland
Partner New York
Partner New York
Associate Philadelphia
Associate Philadelphia
Counsel Philadelphia
Partner New York
Partner Cleveland
Counsel Cincinnati
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Washington, D.C.
Partner New York
Patent Agent Philadelphia
Associate Philadelphia
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Seattle
Partner New York
Partner Atlanta
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Cincinnati
Partner Atlanta
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Chicago
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Philadelphia
Associate Seattle
Associate Philadelphia
Associate Seattle
Patent Agent Washington, D.C.
Associate New York
Partner New York
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Cleveland
Associate Philadelphia
Associate Costa Mesa
Of Counsel Seattle
Counsel Washington, D.C.
Partner Seattle
Associate Washington, D.C.
Partner Seattle
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Philadelphia
Partner Washington, D.C.
Partner Cleveland
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate New York
Technical Advisor Seattle
Partner New York
Associate Philadelphia
Partner Washington, D.C.
Associate Atlanta
Of Counsel Los Angeles
Associate Washington, D.C.
Partner Cleveland
Partner Washington, D.C.

Recognition

  • Chambers USA:
    • Intellectual Property in Ohio (2011 to 2017)
    • Intellectual Property in Georgia (2017)
    • Intellectual Property in Pennsylvania (2014 to 2017)
    • Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright in New York (2014 to 2017)
  • Daily Report Intellectual Property Litigation Department of the Year (2017)
  • BTI Client Service 30: BakerHostetler advanced 19 positions to #9 (2016)
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" (2017)
    • Copyright Law: National Tier 2
    • Information Technology Law: National Tier 2
    • Litigation - Intellectual Property: National Tier 1
    • Litigation - Patent: National Tier 1
    • Patent Law: National Tier 1
    • Technology Law: National Tier 1
    • Trademark Law: National Tier 1

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