The IP in IT
Among the fastest growing, most rapidly-evolving and valuable intellectual property asset categories in today’s marketplace are those in computer software, hardware, firmware, networks and related information technology (IT) goods and services. Among other notable features, various facets of such IT assets may enjoy protection under all forms of intellectual property (IP) – patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.
Calfee’s highly-regarded IP attorneys have deep and extensive experience in securing, protecting, defending and enforcing all of these forms of IP in IT. That experience includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications for some of the most sophisticated IT inventions, registering copyrights in software and websites and helping clients develop programs to protect the confidentiality of critical trade secrets embodied in their IT products, services and processes. It also entails high-stakes litigation over software patents, copyrights and trade secrets, in which we have successfully protected clients’ interests, as both plaintiffs and defendants, in trial courts across the country and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Additionally, our IP attorneys are active in drafting and negotiating agreements for the full array of transactions through which IP assets in IT are developed, licensed, transferred and otherwise commercially exploited, including working closely with our colleagues in other practice areas, such as mergers and acquisitions.
If you care about the IP in IT, you should be talking with Calfee.