Intellectual Property

Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Intellectual Property Department, with more than 100 attorneys and professionals, is one of the largest intellectual property practice groups found in a full-service law firm. Our practice covers a broad spectrum of services, including strategic IP portfolio services, prosecuting and litigating patents, trademarks and copyrights, enforcement of patents and trademarks and defense of IP enforcement actions.

Our IP practice advises and helps a diverse and multinational roster of clients. From electrical and mechanical engineering, to chemistry and microbiology, to computer technology and business methods – our attorneys’ background and experience in several technical disciplines positions us to meet a variety of sophisticated business and inventorship needs.

Some recent rankings about our IP practice include:

  • Handled more than 48,000 patents and patent applications
  • Handled more than 58,000 trademarks and trademark applications
  • 16th among all U.S. law firms in number of U.S. trademark registrations issued in 2011 (Intellectual Property Today, 2012)
  • Over 50 registered patent attorneys and agents

The firm’s Intellectual Property Department has experience assisting clients in the following areas:

  • patents
  • copyrights
  • antitrust
  • business methods
  • franchises and product distribution
  • information technology
  • licensing
  • interferences
  • Internet issues
  • opinions
  • rights of publicity
  • technology transactions
  • due diligence
  • trade secrets
  • advertising and marketing issues in emerging media
  • brand management

From our 13 U.S. offices and together with a network of foreign legal counsel, we handle significant intellectual property portfolios for clients in a wide variety of businesses, industries, products and services sectors. These services include litigating in jurisdictions and forums throughout the U.S and in many foreign countries.

Our Washington, D.C., intellectual property practice enhances the effectiveness of our firm’s efforts on behalf of our clients before the USPTO, including interference practice, petition matters, and Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) matters. We also counsel foreign and domestic clients and trade associations on international trade matters, including matters before the USITC, Section 337 investigations, import and export laws, customs, and anti-competition assistance.