Steptoe & Johnson has a broad-based intellectual property (IP) practice representing clients in all aspects of IP registration, enforcement, and value enhancement. The IP Team partners with the firm's clients to assist in increasing the value of their important IP / proprietary information (trade secrets, patents, trademarks, copyrighted materials, and proprietary processes).

Areas of Service

Trademarks: Prepare, prosecute, maintain, and monitor federal and state trademark registrations, and represent clients in cancellation, opposition, and concurrent use proceedings.

Copyrights: Prepare and file copyright registrations for works such as books, photographs, product designs, commercial material, and software.

Patents: Prepare, prosecute, and appeal utility and design patent applications, including foreign patent applications, draft patentability, freedom to use, validity, and non-infringement opinions, and assist in maintaining IP portfolios.

Domain Names: Assist clients in the acquisition of domain names and arbitrate domain name disputes before international body.

IP Litigation: Represent patentees and accused infringers throughout the country in patent/trademark/copyright infringement cases, negotiate settlement agreements, and defend related claims involving antitrust, false advertising, and unfair competition issues.

Counseling & IP Agreements: Develop IP policies to identify and protect IP assets, draft licenses non-disclosure, confidentiality, transfer, and R&D agreements.

  • Represented applicant in the submission of a patent to the USPTO for an advanced tilt rotor helicopter design
  • Assists both small and large clients with general business and intellectual property issues in the areas of copyright, trademark, e-commerce, and licensing, including local restaurateurs, national publishing conglomerates, best-selling authors, songwriters/recording artists, mobile software application developers, and reality TV personalities
  • Represented international corporation in multi-district litigation over trademark rights
  • Assisted in defense of patent infringement actions against pharmaceutical and industrial companies