Patents

Eversheds Sutherland’s patent lawyers possess strong scientific and technical backgrounds, enabling us to provide exceptional strategic IP counsel.

Companies invest tremendous resources into developing inventions and innovations, yet losing control of intellectual property can be frighteningly easy. Patents allow companies to protect their valuable intellectual property, and many clients rely on Eversheds Sutherland to leverage and safeguard their portfolios. Our attorneys bring a unique combination of technical knowledge and legal acumen to our patent practice, providing prosecution, counseling and opinion advice that allows clients to develop global strategies and programs. We help clients protect their proprietary technologies. We focus on practical and business aspects geared to our clients’ commercial objectives, so they can maximize protection, build assets, protect markets and develop revenue streams for patentees, their investors, licensees and business partners.

Patent law requires extensive and detailed knowledge of the underlying scientific disciplines that form the base for new inventions and innovations. The broad scientific and technical backgrounds of our patent lawyers enable us to advise clients on a wide range of technologies. Our patent lawyers prepare and prosecute patent applications in many different areas.

Our attorneys protect the IP of many prominent global entities, including some of the world’s largest life sciences research institutions, chemical companies, financial transaction providers and energy production companies. However, our practice is not limited to counseling Fortune 100 companies. Our client roster extends to entrepreneurs and start-ups, and we provide IP counseling on products and processes from inception to marketing. Our group works closely with Eversheds Sutherland’s other practice areas to develop and execute strategies for clients seeking to enforce their rights or who are accused of violating the rights of others.

Why Eversheds Sutherland
Technical knowledge. Many of our professionals have prior experience as scientists and engineers, such as our chemical prosecution team that includes three Ph.D. chemists and six chemical engineers.

Range. Eversheds Sutherland’s IP practice assists companies with all of their domestic and international needs. We counsel clients on patent prosecution, validity analysis, litigation and portfolio management; freedom-to-practice opinions and patent infringement strategic counseling; technology transfer, patent licensing and other cooperative commercialization agreements; re-issue, re-examination, and interference practices; due diligence reviews in connection with mergers and acquisitions; and IP audits and evaluations.

Corporate and regulatory backgrounds. Several of our patent attorneys have worked as in-house counsel at industry-leading companies and as examining attorneys at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), giving us unique insights into business objectives and regulatory priorities.

Focus. Our IP Practice Group is composed of nearly 30 attorneys, 25 of whom are registered patent attorneys.

Trial experience. Our attorneys are willing and able to litigate on behalf of our clients. Our patent litigation team represents both plaintiffs and defendants involving a variety of technologies in cases involving disputes over infringement, validity, inventorship and ownership of patents.

Serving a wide range of industries. Our clients’ patented goods and services encompass consumer products, computers, software, electronics, basic and specialty chemicals, energy and clean technologies, biomedical devices, biotechnology, and include mechanical inventions as well the emerging area of business methods.

Nuts and Bolts
We provide the full range of patent services, including:

  • Preparing and filing patent applications in all of the technological arts
  • Prosecuting patents in the U.S. and internationally
  • Auditing technology to identify patentable subject matter and develop strategies to protect it
  • Advising on alternative methods to protect patentable, commercially valuable information
  • Mapping client patents and/or competitor patents for strategic analysis
  • Developing and implementing patent programs to grow and manage patent portfolios
  • Performing due diligence reviews and negotiating IP-related provisions in mergers and acquisitions
  • Performing a due diligence validity review of pending or issued patents
  • Preparing non-infringement invalidity and clearance opinions
  • Analyzing and advising with regard to infringement claims of patent-holding companies
  • Drafting, negotiating and advising about technology development and acquisition or licensing
  • Litigating issues of ownership, licensing, validity and infringement

Take Action
Often, the first and most important action attorneys can take is to truly listen to their clients. We always consider how patents fit into a client’s overall business objectives, and listen carefully to identify exactly what the client views as a successful outcome.

Selected Experience

Provides patent prosecution and counseling services to The Coca-Cola Company, including obtaining numerous patents for the Freestyle® dispenser.
   
Provides general patent counseling and prosecution to The Coca-Cola Company, the world’s largest nonalcoholic beverage company. Among our work for Coke, we represented the company in obtaining a number of patents on the Coca-Cola Freestyle® dispenser, the company’s interactive fountain dispenser.

Advises a Fortune 50 healthcare corporation on intellectual property matters, including counseling, prosecution and portfolio management.

Advises a Fortune 50 healthcare corporation on its intellectual property needs. We provide general patent counseling and worldwide patent prosecution and advise on patent portfolio strategies and third-party patent issues. We also advise and counsel on the selection, adoption and protection of its trademarks.

Provides patent prosecution and counseling services to GE related to power generation technologies.

Provides general patent counseling and prosecution services to GE related to power generation technologies, including gas turbine improvements and smart grid innovations.

 

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o   The firm’s emphasis on diversity is reflected in numerous ways throughout the firm, such as the manner in which we recruit lawyers and other employees, our work-life policies and our professional service efforts. We have been recognized for our achievements in diversity.  More importantly, we understand the significant role a diverse community plays in the firm's growth and development.

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o   Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP continues to be recognized for its efforts to promote diversity in the workplace and in the legal profession. In 2016 we were named a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality,” having earned a perfect 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, and we also were ranked a Top 100 Firm for Minority Attorneys by Law360. In addition, the firm was awarded the Gold Standard Certification for the fifth consecutive year by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum.

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o   Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is committed to promoting diversity within the firm and in the legal profession.  We believe that diverse skills, knowledge and viewpoints make us a stronger, more productive law firm.  We hire and promote qualified lawyers and other professionals regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.  We understand that diversity enhances our value to clients by allowing us to staff our client teams with professionals who possess broad experiences and a spectrum of perspectives.

o   Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP has a cross-office Diversity Committee with responsibility for supporting and enhancing our firm culture.  Our committee has helped coordinate and lead a number of efforts to advance diversity within our firm and the community. Affinity groups at the firm serve as support networks for attorneys of color; women lawyers; and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender attorneys.

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