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Intellectual Property

At the Forefront of IP Law

Intellectual Property (IP) is one of the most important business assets of the 21st century.  To be successful today, you must know how to develop, leverage and protect your IP. Yet, in the face of sweeping patent reform, new regulations, and increased competition, managing IP assets is becoming ever more complex. You need lawyers with deep knowledge of IP law, from valuating IP to understanding the business landscape in which those assets are deployed.

Helping Companies Thrive in Competitive Markets

At Carmody, we help emerging and established companies navigate the new world of IP and build strong portfolios so they thrive in a competitive global market. Our IP Practice Group focuses on the full array of IP legal issues including patent prosecution, trademarks, licensing, transactions, valuation, and litigation.  We assist clients in all stages of a company's IP life cycle, aligning their IP strategies with their overall business objectives. 

Partner-Level Attention, Pragmatic Advice, and Personalized Service

Carmody believes that all of our clients deserve more than just sound legal counsel. That is why we forge a true partnership with each of our clients through communication, collaboration, and commitment. Our clients know and rely on our practical advice, commitment to high-touch, cost effective client service, and proven record of success.

Intellectual Property Litigation

Legal Talent and Client Service

When it comes to IP, the best prevention is broad protection. However, there are times when it is necessary to enforce and defend your IP rights. If that need arises, Carmody is ready to assist.

Our Intellectual Property Litigation Group is comprised of experienced and talented trial attorneys that deliver results through vigorous and skilled advocacy.  Whether through aggressive trial representation, strategic settlement negotiations or alternative dispute resolution, we aim to achieve your business objectives.

Our trial attorneys have extensive litigation experience in courts throughout the United States and handle cases involving all aspects of intellectual property and related claims.  Our practice also includes investigations before the International Trade Commission and patentability reviews and reexaminations before the Patent Office. 

As the interaction between IP rights and competition law increases, our clients benefit from our anti-trust experience and our ability to represent them in cases concerning breaches of competition law.

The Right Resources at the Right Time

We recognize that most intellectual property cases don’t require an army of lawyers performing every conceivable task.  Instead, we bring to the table the right resources at the right time to achieve effective results in the most cost-efficient way possible.  Our clients get the legal talent they expect from a large firm plus the value and personal attention of a firm next door. 

We are invested in you as much as your success, so we strive to develop value-driven relationships. Clients appreciate our real-world approach, and we are proud to call many of them friends. As a result, our clients call upon us – repeatedly and exclusively – to represent them in their most significant IP cases throughout the country. 

Recognized and Respected

Our clients choose us because we achieve their goals, and our peers recognize us for our accomplishments.  Our trial attorneys have been designated as Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers™, Local Litigation Stars by Benchmark Litigation and have been included on lists of the “Top 10 Connecticut Super Lawyers,” “Connecticut Top 50 Super Lawyers,” “New England Top 100 Super Lawyers” and “Best Lawyers in America.” 

Skilled in a Highly Specialized Area of Law

Carmody’s appellate lawyers offer a formidable combination of experience in patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright and law, with a deep understanding of the rules of appellate procedure. Our experience in handling intellectual property appeals spans:

  • USPTO actions
  • Appeals to the Federal Circuit in patent cases
  • ITC Section 337 investigations
  • Appeals to the federal courts of appeals in trademark and copyright cases
  • Petitions for certiorari

Backed by this powerful combination of IP and appellate experience, we argue regularly before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on behalf of our IP clients.

Patent Prosecution and Counseling

Your Innovation is Novel. Your IP Lawyers Should Be, Too.

The America Invents Act (AIA) has changed the US patent landscape, presenting new considerations for protecting and monetizing your intellectual property. You need patent lawyers who are proven leaders in developing strategies in this new era of patent law. At Carmody, we bring creative thinking and real-world solutions to help innovators like you bring new ideas to market.  

Technical and Industry Experience

Carmody’s Intellectual Property Group has one of the most respected patent practices in Connecticut. Led by a team of experienced patent attorneys from a wide range of science and technical disciplines, we have prepared and prosecuted numerous patents successfully for clients.

Your Ideas Fueled by Our Experience

We are your partners in innovation. Our patent attorneys are highly skilled in the strategic planning of a patent portfolio, including writing successful patent applications in complex and novel situations. We work closely with you -- from the earliest stages of development to exit – to ensure your inventions and new ideas are adequately protected and in line with your business goals. In every instance, we look for hidden value, evaluate new technology, monitor the competition, and as needed, introduce you to funding sources.

Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets

Carmody’s Intellectual Property Group handles all types of trademark, copyright and trade secret matters.

Guardians of Your Brand

An effective trademark strategy is not simply a matter of selecting the right mark, but also requires ongoing maintenance and monitoring in the form of protection and policing of trademarks. We offer a full range of legal services related to searching, registering, and licensing trademarks and copyrights.  Each year, we file and maintain hundreds of trademark and copyright registrations and applications in the U.S. We also help clients enforce and challenge trademark rights, advising clients in trade dress and unfair competition, false advertising, disputes regarding publishing rights, and piracy.

We assist clients in acquiring and licensing copyrights, and enforcing and defending those rights. Our attorneys counsel clients on national and international copyright infringement issues, assignments of rights, work-for-hire agreements, ownership disputes, branding issues, licensing and IP audits.

Safeguarding Your “Secret Sauce”

Trade secret protection involves protecting ideas simply by keeping them secret. However, in today’s Information Age, it is increasingly more difficult to keep proprietary information confidential.  We help clients establish trade secret strategies involving the identification, protection, and licensing of trade secrets.  We also assist clients in responding to threats to their trade secrets and to claims of misappropriations by others, both inside or outside the courtroom.

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Power Up

In the fast-paced world of technology, media and telecommunications, Carmody helps clients to accelerate their goals. We work with clients and help both emerging and established companies thrive in an increasingly digital world.

We assist these clients with their business life cycle needs including:

  • initial research and development
  • business capitalization
  • industrial expansion
  • rights prosecution and litigation
  • antitrust and marketing compliance
  • private and public offerings
  • financings
  • mergers and acquisitions

Drawing upon our talented pool of attorneys with industry-specific experience, we bring to the table the right resources at the right time to achieve your goals. This way, you get “big firm” knowledge with the personalized service of a smaller firm – a combination that keeps our clients powering forward.