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Chuck represents clients in all phases of intellectual property law. In addition to vigorous and effective litigation, he helps them obtain, maintain, assess, and enforce ownership of valuable intellectual assets in the U.S. and worldwide.
Daniel focuses on business and tax law issues, and his diverse practice addresses state and federal income tax, international tax, mergers and acquisitions, new market tax credit (NMTC) financing, and state sales tax concerns. Clients value Daniel’s advice regarding business transactions, including his strategic counsel in regard to organizing and forming tax-exempt business entities, such as 501(c)(3) and other non-profit organizations.
Laura brings a technical background in computer engineering to her work in the preparation of U.S. and international patents.
Mike partners with clients to provide practical, strategic patent counsel. He represents clients of all sizes, including universities, emerging and mid-sized companies and Fortune 500 corporations. Prior to earning his law degree, Mike worked for several years in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries and in academic research. Before joining the firm, he worked for six years at an intellectual property law boutique in Portland, Oregon.
Rick Langer is a partner concentrating his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, trusts, and marital property.
John practices primarily in the areas of executive compensation and employee benefits, as well as related individual and corporate taxation.
Elizabeth focuses on employment discrimination, affirmative action, and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) matters. Clients value her responsiveness, as well as her attention to detail, in these areas. They also look to her for support with trade secret and non-compete litigation.
Caz has more than 30 years of experience in intellectual property law, particularly in the areas of software, computer, and mechanical inventions, including preparing and filing of patent applications, counseling clients and providing opinions regarding the validity, infringement and enforceability of competitors’ patents, negotiating intellectual property licenses, including patent, trademark, trade secret, confidentiality, and computer-related agreements.
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