Maynard Cooper has a highly skilled group of patent attorneys, many of whom have an average experience level of approximately 15 years. The broad-based technical expertise of our attorneys covers a wide array of subject matters including aviation and aeronautics, electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and life science technologies. Our attorneys routinely assist clients with the complex task of securing and maintaining domestic and international patent portfolios for the protection of their most important innovations. Our attorneys also assist clients in avoiding infringement risk by identifying non-infringing alternatives to existing patents held by others and/or by challenging such patents through available administrative procedures. In the event that our clients may become involved in litigation, our attorneys are experienced in conducting and/or managing such litigation at a significant cost advantage relative to attorneys of similar experience levels in other markets.
Intellectual Property Litigation
In today’s economy, IP and technology are at the core of almost every business. Leading companies call on Maynard Cooper’s IP trial lawyers to defend them in patent litigation and other IP disputes. Our IP trial lawyers draw upon the experience of Maynard Cooper’s general trial lawyers who have tried hundreds of civil and commercial cases throughout the United States. Our nationwide IP litigation team, including leading patent litigators in California, New York and Alabama, has successfully handled high-profile disputes involving patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets across a wide range of industries and technologies.
Maynard Cooper attorneys have tried significant patent litigation matters in federal court and in proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including challenges under the America Invents Act (AIA). We also have significant experience prosecuting and defending trademark and copyright infringement cases, unfair competition cases, Internet and technology disputes, franchise disputes, litigation concerning trade secrets and restrictive covenants and other claims relating to IP. For more information, please see our IP Litigation overview page
Trademark and Trade Dress Services
Maynard Cooper’s experienced IP attorneys include trademark and trade dress experts. Our attorneys have significant experience handling initial trademark clearance searches for proposed marks as well as in dealing with the trademark examining authorities to secure federal, state and international trademark registrations. Our attorneys also have experience in opposition and cancellation proceedings directed to federal applications and registrations. Our intellectual property attorneys in conjunction with our litigation attorneys also have the experience to manage complex litigation involving trademark rights, including prosecuting actions against cybersquatters.
Maynard Cooper’s IP attorneys have experience in securing both public and secret federal copyright registrations. Our attorneys also provide counseling and formal opinions to clients regarding possible infringement and legitimate rights to use. Our transactional IP attorneys in conjunction with our IP litigation attorneys also have the experience to manage litigation involving complex copyright matters should those needs arise.
Trade Secret Services
Maynard Cooper combines the technical skills of its IP attorneys with the substantial experience of its Labor and Employment Practice Group to provide clients with an extraordinary ability to handle the complexities of trade secret matters. By teaming IP and employment attorneys, the firm has the core competency to deal with both the technical issues and the labor law issues found in most modern trade secret matters. This approach permits the firm to address trade secret matters at an early stage by crafting agreements with employees and implementing protective practices that will withstand scrutiny if later challenged. The agility of the firm’s employment litigation practice also permits the rapid and efficient use of the court system to minimize the impact of trade secret misappropriation once it is identified.
Licensing and Due Diligence
Maynard Cooper attorneys have significant experience in crafting and negotiating complex IP and technology transfer licenses. In licensing transactions involving technology, our commercial licensing attorneys have the ability to work in conjunction with attorneys having an intimate understanding of the subject technology and the scope of protections surrounding that technology. This synergy ensures that the licensing transaction is effective in transferring the rights intended by the parties. Our attorneys also provide strategic advice on patent portfolio development and conduct IP due diligence in the context of M&A and other corporate transactions.
Maynard Cooper advises entrepreneurs, emerging companies and multinational corporations on all legal aspects associated with the development and marketing of ideas and products that are at the leading edge of technology and innovation – products that hold the promise of transforming business and life as we know it. The firm’s work covers a wide and eclectic range of disruptive technology areas, including financial technology, drones, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles.
Maynard Cooper provides a full range of legal services to disruptive tech companies at all phases of development. Our attorneys serve as trusted advisors – helping clients negotiate the often complex legal, regulatory and business issues facing companies that are introducing new technologies and challenging business as usual.
While our clients are thinking outside the box, we provide practical support in areas such as intellectual property protection, compliance and government regulation. And because disruptive technologies are almost always out ahead of the legal framework that seeks to regulate them, we work closely with our clients and regulatory agencies to anticipate potential roadblocks and ensure a clear path to market for their products.
Drones and Autonomous Vehicles
Maynard Cooper attorneys represent companies that are at the leading edge of drone and autonomous vehicle development – assisting clients in the aeronautics, defense, and technology industries in navigating the relevant legal and regulatory regimes at the federal, state, and local levels.
The rapid development and adoption of drones and autonomous vehicles across a wide range of industries is creating opportunities for multi-national companies and start-ups alike. Our attorneys have the specialized understanding and experience necessary to address the full spectrum of regulatory challenges and market opportunities that our clients face in these dynamic industry sectors.
We take a multi-disciplinary approach, helping clients meet their legal needs and business objectives by combining our expertise from both the private and public sectors. The challenges inherent in drone and autonomous vehicle development bring many disciplines into play – from intellectual property, privacy, technology licensing, financing, employment agreements and M&A to regulatory compliance, government contracting and bid protests, international trade and anti-corruption compliance, internal and government investigations, and government relations.
Maynard Cooper provides a full range of legal services to emerging companies across the U.S., including extensive experience advising clients in the high-tech and life sciences sectors.
Our attorneys serve as strategic and trusted advisors through every stage of a company’s growth cycle. With a deep understanding of the factors key to an emerging company’s success, we provide practical legal advice to our clients in areas such as company formation, financing, intellectual property protection, employment law, tax law, and mergers and acquisitions. We often act as general counsel for our clients, providing company executives with a single point of contact for all their legal needs.
Maynard Cooper also is a leading law firm in private equity and venture capital, and our attorneys are well-positioned to help our emerging company clients build productive relationships and access capital. We represent private equity and venture capital funds in all aspects of the investment cycle, including fund formation, early-stage venture capital investments, later-stage growth financings, going-private transactions and leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations.