Patent

We help you separate your ideas from the flock.

Our registered patent practitioners routinely practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Several of our patent practitioners hold advanced degrees, including Ph.D's in chemistry and molecular biology.  We maintain established relationships with foreign associates in many countries around the world for the prosecution of international patent applications and have experience in all areas of both domestic and international patent law.
 
Our patent experience includes:

  • Opinions and assessments with regard to patentability, freedom to operate, validity, and potential infringement
  • Prepare and prosecute patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Prepare and negotiate patent licenses, development agreements, confidentiality agreements and employment agreements
  • Coordinate the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in foreign jurisdictions
  • Patent portfolio audits
  • Strategic portfolio development and assessment

The technical expertise of our attorneys covers a broad spectrum of technological and scientific disciplines, including:

  • Mechanical
  • Medical devices
  • Microfluidic devices
  • Textiles
  • Boat manufacturing and systems
  • Home appliances
  • Electrical
  • Computer hardware and software
  • Chemicals, material sciences, food sciences, pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical formulations, drug screening,  diagnostic and therapeutic methods
  • Biotechnology, including DNA, RNA and protein molecules, antibodies, vaccines, assays, biomanufacturing processes, protein purification, and cell culture systems and media
  • Agricultural biotechnology including transgenic plants and plant products

Our IP litigation team provides a full-range of patent litigation services including:

  • Prosecute and defend patent infringement claims in federal court
  • Prosecute and defend patent reexaminations, reissues, and interference cases before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Prosecute and defend patent licensing disputes in state and federal courts
  • Coordinate multistate and international enforcement and defense actions

We are your established legal network with offices in Asheville, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, and Wilmington, NC.

Patent Team