McGlinchey has counseled clients on patent and intellectual property laws, competitive business practices, and a vast array of IP issues for decades.
Our team of lawyers draws on a deep reservoir of institutional knowledge to serve national and international clients. Yet, we also apply innovative thinking and the latest technology to create cutting-edge strategies to meet and exceed clients’ needs in every aspect of this complex and ever-evolving body of law.
While our lawyers bring an extensive understanding of both the wide-angle perspective and the microscopic nuances of clients’ IP business strategies and day-to-day operations, three additional important traits distinguish us.
First, our attorneys’ technical and scientific backgrounds – many hold undergraduate or advanced degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, engineering, and other scientific disciplines – enhance our ability to serve clients. Some of the firm’s patent lawyers have experience in applied science fields, bringing an industry perspective and practical perspective to client projects. Additionally, several of our practitioners have worked in the chemical industry or in an engineering capacity for related industrial service companies.
Second, our national and global clients tell us we handle complex IP issues in multiple jurisdictions as effectively as the largest law firms – and we do it more nimbly and efficiently. They appreciate the diverse skills we apply, for example, in securing and defending vital patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret rights and helping them establish, extend, monetize, and defend IP assets and portfolios. Clients also value our experience in working on hundreds of successful patent applications, as well as the resolution of complex IP issues and litigation.
Finally, while we are proud of the reputation we have developed in chemical patent law, our attorneys have significant strength in IP issues facing the oil and gas, pharmaceutical, and mechanical equipment industries, and we also serve clients in a wide array of other economic sectors, including those involving hybrid applications of network and information technologies and the physical sciences.
Our range of IP services anticipates the burgeoning need of today’s companies and research leaders. When appropriate, we collaborate with firm colleagues in other practice areas to provide comprehensive IP counsel and services, which include:
Patents. U.S. and foreign patent application preparation, prosecution, appeals, and interferences. We guide clients through the process and routinely obtain broad and valid patents for research centers, educational institutions, and commercial research and development teams.
Trademarks. Every business needs trademark protection and our attorneys are highly experienced in evaluating and strategically managing trademark assets. We provide comprehensive counsel on U.S. and foreign trademark/service mark applications, prosecution and appeals, and trademark and trade name availability searches.
IP Litigation and Enforcement. Experienced and effective at both defending and enforcing protections, our IP attorneys act aggressively against threats to our clients’ assets. We also represent clients in trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition litigation matters, and have achieved favorable litigation outcomes in all resolution forums, including mediation and arbitration.
Copyrights. We counsel clients on issues that arise in U.S. and foreign copyright applications, publishing, and related contracts.
Licensing and Transfers and IP Portfolio Management. We bring extensive knowledge about technology transfers, novelty and validity searches, legal opinions, and counseling to our practice. Our experience includes negotiating pharmaceutical licenses and highly complex, international licensing agreements for wireless technology used by the blind.
Acquisitions and Sales of IP Assets. We offer opinions and provide due diligence during commercial transactions and have extensive experience working with venture capital investors in IP asset evaluations.
IP Advice and Counsel. Our opinions and advisory experience includes matters involving antitrust and IP issues, noncompete agreements, and insurance coverage for IP matters. Additionally, we advise on structuring businesses, IP holdings, and agreements within an IP-focused, protective, and practical framework.
Trade Secret Protection Counseling. When seeking a patent, our clients may have to reveal valuable trade secrets and other proprietary intelligence. Also, some business models require consideration of trade secret protection strategies as a viable alternative to patent protection. Our attorneys provide strategic counsel on achieving critical protections while commercializing IP assets with trade secret implications.
Expert Witness Consulting. Because of our consistent record of achievement in the IP arena, especially within the chemical and manufacturing sectors, we are asked to appear as expert witnesses and/or consultants from time to time. Several of our attorneys provide expert testimony during litigation matters and are available for pre-trial consultation and in the courtroom.