Intellectual Property

Intangible Assets

For many businesses, the intangible assets are often more valuable than the tangibles they produce. The potential value of a company’s intellectual property is often its greatest asset. Patents, trademarks, and copyrights have all become a critical component of corporate profit centers and often have a very significant impact on the price of a company’s stock.

Blank Rome’s intellectual property practice covers every aspect of national and international patent, trademark, and copyright law for clients in a wide range of industries, including biotechnology and bioscience, pharmaceuticals, computer services and software, data processing, telecommunications, and financial services.

Blank Rome has individuals as well as multidisciplinary teams with extensive experience in investigating, procuring, and enforcing intellectual property rights, as well as in licensing and other business transactions in which intellectual property and technology are key components.

The intellectual property group has a well established practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C., and before U.S. courts throughout the country. Areas of experience include:

Intellectual Property Litigation

From widespread unauthorized use of a company’s patents and trademarks in international markets to illicit downloads of music and books in our neighbor’s homes, companies are constantly fighting to protect the rights to their intellectual property. As technology facilitates the misuse of patented, trademarked, and copyrighted materials, businesses must aggressively find ways to enforce the rights they earned to sell and market their intellectual property.

Blank Rome’s intellectual property attorneys have extensive experience litigating every aspect of U.S. and international patent, trademark, and copyright law for clients in dozens of industries. Blank Rome attorneys investigate, procure, and enforce intellectual property rights around the globe. Our lawyers’ in-depth knowledge of e-commerce, Internet, and website matters is an important tool in defending the IP materials of our clients.

Over the past quarter-century, Blank Rome has expanded the depth of our intellectual property and international trade litigation experience, with particular emphasis on:

  • patent and trademark litigation and licensing
  • patent infringement and validity studies and opinions
  • patent litigation and prosecution
  • copyright litigation and prosecution
  • copyright protection
  • e-commerce
  • licenses and royalty matters
  • trade secret litigation
  • trademark litigation and prosecution
  • trials and appeals in the federal courts
  • U.S. Customs enforcement of patents, trademarks, and copyrights

Blank Rome has established itself as one of the leading firms in successfully prosecuting cases under the jurisdiction of the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”). Our work includes:

Representative Matters

  • Provided counseling, prosecution, and dispute resolution in the management of a multi-national, diversified chemical company’s trademark portfolio with leading positions in agricultural, industrial, and consumer markets.
  • Successfully defended Monroe Fluid Technology, a leading manufacturer of high quality specialty fluids for the metalworking industry since 1958, in a trademark, copyright, and trade secrets claim brought in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Experienced Lawyers, Recognized in Their Fields

The intellectual property litigation practice includes former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office attorneys and is complemented by former practicing engineers and former patent examiners with in-depth experience in patent prosecution matters.

Blank Rome has earned a reputation as one of the top law firms in intellectual property in the United States: The National Law Journal rated us as one of the top 10 patent litigation firms; Intellectual Property Today listed us among the top 40 trademark firms; and Law360 ranked us as one of the top 100 largest IP practices. In Chambers USA, our clients praise our IP practice and attorneys, stating that they "completely trust" our advice and our "pragmatic" approach in managing intellectual property matters.