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Intellectual Property


Calfee has one of the largest intellectual property and information technology practices in a general practice firm within the Midwest.  We have more than 30 attorneys registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in addition to other skilled intellectual property attorneys.  Most of the lawyers in our practice have undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in mechanical, electrical, computer or chemical engineering, or chemistry, bio-chemistry or the biological sciences.  Our Intellectual Property practice develops and protects the intellectual property and technology assets of a broad spectrum of clients.  The group includes attorneys with multi disciplinary science and engineering backgrounds who understand the technical aspects and practical applications of intellectual property assets.  Our attorneys offer a unique blend of technical capabilities and strong communication skills with pragmatic business counseling.

Our Intellectual Property group conducts patent and trademark searches, prepares and prosecutes U.S. and international patent, trademark and copyright applications; and works with clients to maintain and enforce issued patents and registered trademarks.  We provide corporate counseling on issues of licensing agreements; assignments, security interest and confidentiality and non disclosure agreements, trade secret protection; and patent and trademark infringement.  Calfee attorneys also represent clients involved in intellectual property disputes and litigation — helping resolve or litigate issues of infringement; trademark oppositions and cancellations; patent interferences; and trade secret and unfair competition violations.

Serving a national and international client-base comprised of both established and entrepreneurial enterprises, Calfee provides fully integrated, high quality legal services throughout the United States and around the world.  Our attorneys work with clients to develop strategies for utilizing the client’s intellectual property, protecting trade secrets, and for dealing with adverse claims of patent, trademark and copyright infringement.  Calfee has been named a Go-To Law Firm ® for IP in a Corporate Counsel ALM survey of in-house law departments at Fortune 500 companies.