Intellectual Property Audits
We have assembled an experienced group of attorneys to help clients obtain, protect and enforce intellectual property rights in the United States and abroad, as well as maximize intellectual property through various business transactions. Our clients range from Fortune 500 companies to emerging companies to universities to individuals. More specifically, the firm’s IP attorneys regularly counsel clients about patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets; practice before government agencies to secure those rights; render patentability and patent, trademark, and copyright infringement opinions; litigate to protect intellectual property; handle arbitration, mediation, and other litigation alternatives; and negotiate licenses, joint ventures, divestitures and similar business transactions to maximize the value of such property.
An invaluable tool for many intellectual property owners, particularly those with large IP portfolios, is an audit of its intellectual property assets. We conduct IP audits to help our clients develop the most cost effective strategy for commercializing their intellectual property, guide research and development efforts to focus on core competencies and technology, maximize return on investment, and minimize unwanted, unproductive legal disputes.
The skills and backgrounds of our intellectual property attorneys are particularly well suited to aid clients in this practice area. Many of the firm’s IP attorneys hold degrees in engineering or applied science and are licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Canadian Patent Office. Their technical knowledge is balanced with considerable litigation and business experience.
Putting into place the mechanisms to maximize an entity’s intellectual property rights is no longer enough in the high-stakes IP environment of today’s market. Because of the valuable nature of these rights, an entity must be vigilant throughout the life of the intellectual property, in policing and enforcing the rights against others. Our IP litigators are experienced in intellectual property disputes, including all aspects of patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright cases in federal courts, state courts, ITC actions, arbitrations and mediations, representing both the intellectual property owner and the accused infringer.
May 21, 2018
Jackson Walker is proud to announce Houston partners Brit Nelson and Wasif Qureshi have been recognized as Global IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) magazine.
November 6, 2017
In an article exploring the topic of patent eligibility in different countries across the world, partner Chris Rourk provided insight on the U.S. perspective.
September 13, 2017
At the PRINT 17 conference in Chicago, IL, partner Nate St. Clair was part of a panel on patent trolling in the printing industry.
August 9, 2017
Jackson Walker welcomes four lateral partners across its Texas-based offices. Meghan Griffiths has joined the firm in Austin, along with Jay Dewald and Michele Schwartz in Dallas, and Michael Shaw in Houston.