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Overview

Each year, thousands of discoveries originate in the fruitful minds of institutional researchers. Calfee’s technology transfer practice group helps research institutions and their corporate partners convert these valuable discoveries into income-generating assets.   

Our technology transfer experts regularly counsel institutions and their licensees in a broad range of transactions. By assembling a multidisciplinary team, including lawyers from our intellectual property, capital raising, and government relations practices, we find cohesive solutions to the unique challenges presented by moving technology out of labs and into the market.

In addition to transactions, Calfee assists major research institutions with establishing internal innovations programs, intellectual property cultivation exercises, internal intellectual property practices and policies, and licensing programs to monetize intellectual property resulting from years of research and funding.    

Noteworthy

Chambers USA Band 2 Ranking in Intellectual Property (Ohio)

For well over a decade, our Intellectual Property group has been ranked and recognized by Chambers USA. has been recognized by Chambers USA. In 2020, Chambers USA researchers noted that the team is "esteemed for its handling of IP litigation and portfolio management on behalf of large clients in Ohio, the Midwest and across the USA. They are highly experienced in the engineering, chemical and biological sectors, with notable abilities in handling matters for consumer products and manufacturing clients."

One client is noted as saying, "The firm offers excellent value for its services. The team is dedicated and provides sophisticated IP legal services at an attractive cost." A market commentator noted, "Calfee's IP attorneys are highly regarded; they are true experts, and they do excellent work for their clients."

"This is a power bench, the team works well together and supports each other well. Each individual is responsive and knowledgeable in their expertise and experience. This is definitely one of my favorite firms to work with," stated another client.

Chambers USA has also reported that their researchers found Calfee's IP team to be held in "very high regard by fellow practitioners who note Calfee's extensive experience representing clients in wider patent and trademark matters, IP litigation matters, appellate work, and advising companies on managing IP assets in China."

Practice Chair, John S. Cipolla, was ranked in Chambers USA 2020 in Band 1 for Intellectual Property in Ohio. "John receives notable acclaim for his broad contentious and noncontentious practice, while being particularly 'well respected for his work in patent litigation.' Clients hold him in high regard, stating 'Our interaction with him has been amazing, and his overall performance is very good.'"

Raymond Rundelli, Partner, was ranked in Band 4 for Intellectual Property in Chambers USA 2020. Chambers reports, "Raymond Rundelli comes recommended as an 'excellent trademark attorney' who assists clients in an array of complex litigation and portfolio management work. His practice also extends to patent-related matters."

Calfee Partner Todd Tucker was ranked in Chambers USA 2020 in Band 4 for Intellectual Property. "Todd Tucker takes on a range of domestic and cross-border IP disputes, including patent litigation. His experience includes matters concerning the protection of assets in China, and he regularly advises Chinese entities on U.S.-based IP portfolios."

U.S.News – Best Lawyers in America "Best Law Firms" Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2020 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S.News – Best Lawyers in America in Intellectual Property Litigation (National Tier 3 and Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland).

Professionals

Experience

Experience

We regularly counsel universities, hospitals, public research facilities, and their industry counterparts through complex intellectual property matters. This includes technologies developed in renown institutions such as the following:

  • The Ohio State University
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Ohio University
  • Cleveland State University
  • University of Toledo
  • Miami University
  • Battelle Memorial Institute
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Georgetown University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • The Regents of the University of California
  • University of Texas
  • Dalhousie University
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of South Florida

Services

Services

Our services include the following:

  • Structuring complex licensing deals
  • Establishing and funding private spinoffs built on institutional technologies
  • Negotiating material transfer agreements
  • Working with public and private incubators, development funds, and accelerators
  • Advising on clinical trials and sponsored research
  • Developing intellectual property enforcement programs

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"Calfee's IP group is esteemed for its handling of IP litigation and portfolio management on behalf of large clients in Ohio, the Midwest and across the USA. They are highly experienced in the engineering, chemical and biological sectors, with notable abilities in handling matters for consumer products and manufacturing clients. It's an excellent firm; they're strategic and bring a lot of value to the table."

Chambers USA 2020

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