We are one of the nation’s leading intellectual property and technology law firms, securing hundreds of patents every year for some of the world’s largest, most innovative companies. In the most recent rankings of the nation’s top IP law firms, we were ranked 18th for the total number of utility patents issued in 2020 among over 700 firms.
With a focus on patent preparation and prosecution since our beginning in 1996, we have formed decades-long partnerships with companies such as Applied Materials, IBM, Disney Pixar, Weatherford, ExxonMobil, and Western Digital. We serve as extended, trusted members of the companies’ legal and R&D departments, working seamlessly together to build, leverage, and protect their IP assets.
Deep Technical Expertise
As engineers, scientists, and IP specialists with hands-on work experience in a diverse range of technology areas, our attorneys speak the language of technology and innovation. Our broad base of technical expertise enables us to prosecute patents for virtually any technology. For many clients, we serve as a single source of patent expertise for an array of technical inventions.
Highly Collaborative Approach
We don’t work in practice silos. Instead, our team of nearly 80 patent prosecutors collaborates across technical disciplines—combining different skill sets, technical expertise, and personality types—to ensure we achieve the best results for our clients, never wasting time or resources.
We secure strong, commercially significant patents by:
- Conducting in-person, in-depth interviews with inventors, asking the right questions to understand the technology and what is truly novel about the invention
- Reviewing prototypes and drawings
- Attending engineering reviews and brainstorms
- Exploring not just the technology, but the client’s business, including goals and budget constraints
- Prioritizing IP opportunities and devising comprehensive, customized patent strategies, including whether, how, and where to file for patent protection
Sophisticated Services at Competitive Rates
Our depth of resources and advanced systems enable us to handle high-volume caseloads and efficiently manage large, diverse patent portfolios. For many of our established clients, we manage entire multi-million-dollar patent portfolios. We work with a network of patent firms around the world, overseeing international patent portfolios for many of our global clients.
With the majority of our patent attorneys based in low-cost-of-living cities, we can provide competitive rates without compromising our work product. While we value hands-on partnerships with clients and inventors by meeting in person when appropriate, we believe it should be at no cost to the client. Our service model, firm structure, and established processes enable us to provide the service, expertise, and value clients need to achieve their business goals.