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The intellectual property team at Crowell & Moring helps clients across the United States and abroad realize the full value of their intellectual property and defend against unauthorized use of their ideas— assets often described as "today's international currency." Successful strategy, protection, and management of intellectual property rights can play a significant role in the broader success or failure of a business venture, especially where substantial effort and capital investment are devoted to the development of new technology or new ideas.

Innovations typically involve a broad range of technologies, and our IP team has in-depth experience in the full spectrum of scientific disciplines and the products and processes to which they give rise. Our lawyers apply their technical backgrounds and experiences to guide clients in a variety of industries, including electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering; pharmaceuticals and life sciences; software, online services, and computer science; and telecommunications.

IP Strategy and Transaction Services

Our lawyers have extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property transactions, and apply their focused knowledge in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defense contracting, health care, financial services, telecommunications, biotech, software, semiconductors, and electronics. Lawyers from our Corporate Group and Intellectual Property Group work together closely to structure, negotiate, and implement IP transactions involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, know-how, and most other forms of intellectual property. As a benefit of our close working relationship with the firm's Government Contracts Group, we have substantial knowledge and extensive experience with issues arising when licensing IP to governmental entities, including patent and technical data rights issues.

Patent Prosecution

Crowell & Moring’s combination of patent procurement, counseling, and litigation experience makes us particularly effective in handling post-grant proceedings, including interferences, inter partes reviews, ex parte reexaminations, and other administrative proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Our lawyers assist works closely with clients to develop and implement cost-effective strategies and obtain valuable proprietary rights for their inventions through the preparation and prosecution of utility and design patent applications, registration of copyrights and trademarks, and negotiation of a range of licensing, non-disclosure, and trade secret agreements.

Because it is no longer sufficient in today's global economy to limit protection to the U.S. domestic market, we also assist our clients in the filing of patent applications in other countries and in obtaining protection under the Patent Cooperation Treaty. For this purpose, we have established working relationships with foreign lawyers in numerous countries throughout the world.

We recognize that there is little benefit to obtaining protections that are subsequently found invalid or severely narrowed in litigation. Working closely with our experienced IP litigation team, we regularly monitor the regulatory and judicial landscape and prepare alerts on recent cases and emerging issues to ensure that clients, their in-house counsel, and lawyers throughout our own firm are aware of new developments in the prosecution and protection of creative assets.

Portfolio Management

Our team not only has significant experience and success before the USPTO, but also with managing large patent portfolios in many—if not all—jurisdictions around the world, and we are familiar with the issues that come with managing such a portfolio. We counsel clients on the design and implementation of IP portfolio management procedures, including invention recordkeeping, intercompany invention reporting, patent incentive programs, patent reviews, proprietary information protection programs such as employee consulting, confidentiality, and invention agreements, trade secret protection practices and policies, employee exit procedures, "clean room" design-around procedures, and copyright maintenance, licensing, and enforcement programs. We also provide due diligence assessments of newly developed technologies and in connection with the acquisition of intellectual property.

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"PTAB Developments," 2020 Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley (December 10, 2020). Panelist: Terry Rea.
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"Trademarks & Copyrights," Harlem Community Development Center (October 14, 2020). Presenters: Preetha Chakrabarti and Suzanne Trivette.
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Leading IP Lawyer Josh Pond Joins Crowell & Moring (Oct.06.2020)
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"Women in Law," Legal Association of Women at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School of Law Webinar (September 25, 2020). Panelist: Preetha Chakrabarti.
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World Trademark Review Ranks Crowell & Moring in WTR 1000 (Jul.07.2020)
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"U.S. Copyright Office Weighs in on "Unbalanced" DMCA Safe Harbor System," IP Insights (June 4, 2020). Contacts: Anne Elise Herold Li, Deirdre Long Absolonne, Michelle Chipetine, Suzanne Trivette
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IAM Names Crowell & Moring Partner Teresa Rea to Intellectual Property Hall of Fame (May.20.2020)
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"Coloring in the Lines – Protecting Colorful Product Packaging Just Became Easier," IP Insights (April 14, 2020). Contacts: Anne Elise Herold Li, James K. Stronski, David Ervin, Michelle Chipetine
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"The Patent Prosecution Lifecycle," Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, Doylestown, PA (February 26, 2020). Speakers: Terry Rea and Mena Gaballah, PharmD.
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Crowell & Moring Partner Teresa Rea Testifies Before Senate on Ways to Improve the Quality of Issued Patents (Nov.01.2019)
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Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with approximately 550 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory and policy, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity, equity and inclusion. The firm has offices in Brussels, Doha, London, Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C.

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