EXPERTISE | IP Prosecution
TRADEMARKS & TRADE DRESS
Our attorneys are recognized leaders and have extensive experience in all facets of trademark law, routinely clearing, protecting, enforcing our clients’ trademarks, and providing strategic brand counseling. This is why some of the world’s most successful and prominent corporations turn to Epstein Drangel. Intellectual Property Today has ranked Epstein Drangel as one of the “Top Trademark Firm(s)” in the United States. We have literally written the book on registering trademarks. (See GUIDE TO REGISTERING TRADEMARKS).
Our attorneys have cleared and successfully prosecuted trademark applications for some of the world’s best known brands. We are skilled in managing large trademark portfolios for major companies, and we also engage in global trademark prosecution and enforcement. We have established a global network of associate firms to ensure responsive, cost-effective and quality services in almost any country in the world. We have a high rate of success prosecuting trademark applications and, when necessary, prevailing on ex parte appeal. Our attorneys frequently lecture on registering and enforcing trademarks. All of our clients have direct online access to IPEdge, our proprietary trademark database. We also provide additional services in the areas of infringement investigations and opinions, trademark audits, and drafting and negotiating licenses, assignments, and co-existence agreements.
We represent companies founded on innovation and understand that having strong patents that protect their proprietary information is essential. Given today’s evolving IP environment, procuring those patents is more challenging than ever. Epstein Drangel has the experience and skills to help companies meet that challenge. Our advice combines tremendous technical knowledge with practical approaches to help businesses compete in the marketplace.
We have expertise and experience in a broad range of mechanical, electrical and software technologies, including electronic control systems, computer hardware and software, semiconductor manufacturing processes and circuitry, sensors, display systems, optics, medical devices, telecommunications, a wide variety of consumer products, anti-theft alarm systems, motorized and manually operated locking devices, footwear construction, dental instruments, thermogravimetric analyzers, financial systems and smart phone applications.
We also assist in building and managing domestic and international patent portfolios tailored to each client’s budget. Supporting a large customer base across globe, we prepare and prosecute U.S. and foreign patent applications, including foreign-origin applications under the Paris Convention or Patent Cooperation Treaty and handle all aspects of prosecution, including examiner interviews, reexaminations, reissues, petitions and appeals.
We have developed and actively maintain an international network of seasoned foreign associates for assisting clients in protecting their rights worldwide. We also render opinions regarding patentability, patent validity, patent infringement and freedom to operate and negotiate and prepare licenses and other agreements. In addition, we also provide attentive and responsive service throughout the entire patent process, keeping clients informed of progress and ensuring all actions support their business objectives.
Moreover we provide cost savings to our clients by filing, where appropriate, using the USPTO’s electronic filing system. We also ensure enforcement and defense of patent rights through tailored litigation strategies, including third party infringement claims. We have successfully represented numerous corporations in infringement lawsuits in the federal courts, including U.S. District Courts and U.S. Courts of Appeal.
We are great believers in the power of copyright law. It is a critical and valuable weapon in a company’s intellectual property arsenal. The low cost and high benefit return is unrivaled in intellectual property law.
We offer a full prosecution and maintenance program. We counsel and train clients on the necessity of establishingin-house copyright application filing programs. We advise clients on issues such as work for hire, fair use, international copyright protection, the ability to use copyrights vs. trademarks for enforcement in various foreign countries, renewal and termination of rights, and recording registrations with customs authorities. We undertake copyright rights with due diligence and clearance, and defend and enforce our client’s copyrights.