Practice/Industry Group Overview
Edwards Wildman’s Intellectual Property (IP) practice is regarded as one of our firm’s greatest strengths. Businesses and individuals around the globe seek counsel from our IP attorneys to protect and enforce their valuable IP assets. With more than 100 attorneys in the United States, Europe and Asia, we represent clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to start-ups and individual inventors. Because of our depth of experience across industries, we have earned a reputation for delivering practical, cost-effective, business-driven solutions that help our clients stay competitive in today’s market. We have been recognized as a national Tier 1 Patent Law practice in U.S. News and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” and our trademark practice has consistently appeared in the World Trademark Review 1000.
Areas of Focus
- Asset Acquisitions and Divestures
- Due Diligence
- IP Commercialization
- IP Litigation
- Licensing and Technology Transfer
- Patent Prosecution, Opinions, and Counseling
- Patent Reexamination
- Post-Grant Review proceedings
- Trademark Prosecution
- Trademark Opposition and Cancellation Proceedings
- Edwards Wildman is a full-service firm. Our IP clients become clients of the Firm. When (not if) a related issue or problem arises, our attorneys have instant access to top-level specialists with the right legal experience and knowledge in a wide range of areas.
- Clients always have coverage wherever they are, whenever they need it. With worldwide offices and infrastructure, Edwards Wildman commits to delivering outstanding value.
- All of our IP attorneys focus solely on IP. Every client enjoys a head start by having an attorney who spots problems before they become problems and is focused on their IP interests first.
IP Summer Seminar
Every year, Edwards Wildman hosts a two-week comprehensive lecture series addressing all aspects of US patent prosecution (first week) and US patent litigation (second week).
The IP Summer Seminar is an excellent opportunity for international patent practitioners to learn the important approaches, rules and nuances to US intellectual property protection. Topics include recent changes and developments in IP law; practical approaches to prepare, prosecute and enforce patents; how to overcome rejections by the USPTO; discovery for litigation; and patent trial preparation and procedures. Highlights of this seminar include a mock USPTO examiner interview and a mock trial conducted at the US District Court of Massachusetts with a licensing negotiation session prior to trial.
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Aereo Supports Supreme Court Review of its Victory in the Second Circuit
Seth A. Davidson, December 17, 2013
In a development that surprised most observers, Aereo has filed a brief with the Supreme Court agreeing that the Court should hear the broadcast industry’s challenge to Aereo’s legality under the Copyright Act. Aereo’s action may make it more likely that the Court will take the...
Customs Agencies Trial New Anti-Infringement Database
Riecha Sharma, December 13, 2013
The European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy has taken another step forward in its efforts against IP infringement by allowing a small number of customs authorities to test its enforcement database ahead of its full launch in April 2014.
Fourth Circuit Finds Copyright Transfers with Electronic Signatures to be Valid
Seth A. Davidson,Ari Z. Moskowitz, October 23, 2013
In a unanimous three-judge opinion, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that the “writing” and “signature” requirements for assigning a copyright can be met by clicking a button in a web browser. This gives greater certainty to enforceability of...
United States District Court in Boston Refuses to Enjoin Aereo’s Antenna/DVR Service
Seth A. Davidson,Arthur H. Harding, October 16, 2013
In the latest in a series of copyright infringement cases arising out of the deployment of “antenna/DVR” services such as that offered by Aereo and FilmOn, Judge Gorton of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts has denied a motion for preliminary injunction...
UK Fast Track Opposition
Claire Lehr,John Olsen, October 03, 2013
In an effort to combat criticism of the UK-IPO trade mark opposition procedure, which can be lengthy and costly and therefore off-putting for smaller enterprises / individuals seeking to protect their rights, the UK-IPO has announced its intention to implement a new, fast track opposition. The...
Federal Judge Issues Nationwide Injunction Against Aereo Competitor FilmOn
Seth A. Davidson,Arthur H. Harding, September 14, 2013
On September 5, 2013, Judge Rosemary Collyer of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order blocking FilmOn from offering its antenna/DVR service. FilmOn (previously known as “BarryDriller.com” and “Aereokiller”) is essentially a knock-off...