Intellectual Property

Overview

Eckert Seamans’ Intellectual Property Group engages in the full spectrum of practice in this specialized area of the law, including United States and foreign patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law. Many of our attorneys have years of in-house corporate experience.

We help clients with the negotiation, preparation, and enforcement of a wide variety of related agreements including license, assignment, consulting, employment, and nondisclosure and joint venture agreements. When appropriate, the group draws upon the skills and experience of attorneys across a variety of practices at Eckert Seamans, including tax, labor and employment, government affairs, and corporate finance, to develop an integrated strategy for the client’s circumstances.

On the patent side, our attorneys have experience in a broad spectrum of technical subjects, including chemical, electrical, mechanical, medical, pharmaceutical, biotechnological, computer, and metallurgical arts. On the trademark/copyright side, our attorneys provide general counsel and have substantial experience in financial services and insurance, advertising, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, franchising, retail, publishing, arts, sports, and entertainment law.

Members of the group practice in many forums, including state and federal courts throughout the country, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the United States Copyright Office, foreign intellectual property offices through a well-established network of foreign associates, and the International Trade Commission.

In addition, the firm has a dedicated Intellectual Property Litigation Group.

Representative Matters

  • Negotiation, preparation, and enforcement of agreements including licenses, technology transfer, consulting, employment, nondisclosure and joint venture agreements, as well as academic intellectual property policies.
  • Patentability evaluations.
  • Patent validity and infringement studies.
  • Preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications.
  • Trademark and service mark portfolio management, as well as screening.
  • E-commerce issues relating to social media, Internet brand protection strategies, online brand disputes, user generated content, online defamation and product disparagement disputes, search engine advertising, website linking, CAN-SPAM, copyright disputes and fair use, false advertising, website policies and privacy, licensing, domain name disputes, and the FTC guidelines on the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.
  • Preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign trademark and service mark applications.
  • Trademark and service mark opposition and cancellation proceedings.
  • Domain name disputes.
  • Protection of copyright rights.
  • Unfair competition matters, including advertising issues.
  • The protection of trade secret rights, including employment issues.
  • Enforcement of and defense against claims of infringement of intellectual property rights.
  • Due diligence and evaluation of intellectual property assets in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.
  • Intellectual property audits.

News & Insights

Publications:

Understanding the Constitutionality of Patent Law

The Argument Against Self-Representation in Patent Cases

The Short and Long Answers on Patent Application

Is Apple V. Samsung The Beginning Of The End For Patents?

Takeaways From Fed Circ. Opinions in Roche V. Apotex

Protecting Your Valuable Brand: The Importance of Trademarks

Online International Trademark Issues: Some Practical Considerations

How to Jump Ahead of the Backlog of Patents Awaiting Examination

Chemical Compounds and Biologics Developing Issues Relevant to Market Exclusivity

Legal Updates:

Intellectual Property Alert: U.S. Supreme Court limits the places patent infringement lawsuits can be filed

Intellectual Property Alert: 2017’s Five Top Intellectual Property Issues

Intellectual Property Alert: An Insight Into the Patent Process

Intellectual Property Alert: Patents, trade secrets, and the role of the constitution

Intellectual Property Alert: The Role of the Patent

Intellectual Property Alert: Recent Decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit -- United States v. Caronia

Intellectual Property Alert: .xxx Sunrise Blocking Option for Mark Owners Not in the Adult Entertainment Industry

Legal Update: Summer 2011

Media Coverage:

A FOUL OR A FAIR USE: Use or abuse of the NCAA’s March Madness Mark

Richard Peirce discusses Internet privacy laws regarding social media sites such as Snapchat

Richard Peirce says feds won't be knocking on your door for sharing your Netflix or Hulu password (KYW Newsradio)

Robert Morris discusses issues relating to USPTO releasing APIs (IPWatchdog)

Is that legal? Richard Peirce discusses intellectual property concerns regarding streaming services and copyrighted material

News:

Best Law Firms 2019: U.S. News – Best Lawyers again ranks Eckert Seamans among the nation’s top law firms

Christina Frangiosa elected as Council Member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law

Eckert Seamans welcomes Francine F. Li to Philadelphia office and Intellectual Property Group

Eckert Seamans Attorneys and Practices Ranked by Chambers USA 2018

Eckert Seamans posts another win

Eckert Seamans Attorneys and Practices Ranked by Chambers USA 2017

Eckert Seamans announces attorney promotions for 2017

World Trademark Review 1000 recognizes Eckert Seamans' Intellectual Property Group

Eckert Seamans welcomes David B. Gornish to Philadelphia office

Best Law Firms 2017: U.S. News – Best Lawyers again ranks Eckert Seamans among the nation’s top law firms; Public Finance and Trademark Law practices receive National Tier 1 ranking

Eckert Seamans provides pro bono legal services for Laura Fitzpatrick Photo Collection, part of the Smithsonian's forthcoming Museum of African American History and Culture

Eckert Seamans welcomes IP attorney, author, and legal commentator Christina D. Frangiosa to Philadelphia office

Chambers USA 2016 ranks Eckert Seamans lawyers and practices

Eckert Seamans welcomes Kevin W. Fay and Roger LaLonde to Philadelphia office

Eckert Seamans welcomes Christine Ethridge to Pittsburgh office

Eckert Seamans welcomes Ojeiku Aisiku to White Plains office

Roberta Jacobs-Meadway and Evelyn Sahr selected for inclusion in Women in Business Law 2015

Eckert Seamans Expands Intellectual Property Practice with the Addition of Leading Patent Litigator Robert Morris in White Plains

Arnold Silverman to be Honored with the University of Pittsburgh Law Alumni Association 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award

Chambers USA 2012 ranks Eckert Seamans lawyers and practices

Eckert Seamans earns top rankings in Chambers USA 2011

Eckert Seamans Announces Practice Leadership Changes

Eckert Seamans welcomes Mark T. Vogelbacker to Philadelphia office