Bradley Arant Boult Cummings maintains a broad and diverse patent prosecution practice. We handle all aspects of patent prosecution, appeals, reexaminations, interferences, reissues, and patent portfolio management, including proceedings before the United States Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. We also advise our clients on the need for non-infringement/freedom of use opinions, patentability opinions, patent searches, and where applicable, prepare such opinions and searches.
As a firm with international reach, we help our clients obtain and maintain patents in the United States and countries throughout the world, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the United Kingdom, just to name a few. With our experience in Patent Cooperation Treaty filings and our network of foreign counsel, we can - and do – handle patent filings and portfolio issues all around the world.
Our patent prosecution attorneys hold a broad range of technical degrees that are particularly applicable to our clients’ technologies, including degrees in Biological Engineering, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology, Nuclear Engineering, and Physics. Moreover, Masters and PhD Degrees are held in technical fields such as, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemical Engineering, and Industrial Engineering.
Our patent prosecution attorneys also have extensive industry backgrounds in key technical disciplines, including electrical and mechanical engineering; software and computing; and biochemistry. They have held positions with companies such as General Electric and IBM and, as such, understand the bottom-line business importance of securing patent protection for key technologies. We draw from our engineering and technical “real world” work experience to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to provide our clients with a competitive advantage.
We also work with our clients on designing Inventor Reward Programs, resulting in an increased number of invention disclosures being submitted up the chain, including, serving as members of submission review committees. We also routinely conduct intellectual property audits to assist our clients in assessing the scope and magnitude of their intangible property, determining “choke points,” and identifying critical technologies that MUST be protected. We also provide tracking and assessment of competitor patent portfolios to keep our clients informed of industry developments which may affect its operations.
For more information on our Firm’s experience in patent infringement litigation, patent reexamination proceedings, and appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, please click on the “Intellectual Property and Competitive Practices Litigation” link on the left.