Fresh water is becoming a scarce resource in the United States and across the globe as demand continues to rise due to population and business growth. This emergent scarcity means businesses will face more consequences of the complex regulatory and legal frameworks governing water use and water quality.
Michael Best’s Water team understands those issues. We guide clients through the heavily regulated, politically sensitive environment surrounding the management of, investment in, and development of water resources.
From artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, and cryptocurrency, the rapid evolution of technology shows no sign of slowing down. Companies in the digital technology sector are among the world’s most highly valued companies, with good reason. And businesses in every sector now use digital technology in all kinds of ways, from basic email to sophisticated data analytics.
All businesses have to comply with government regulations—some more so than others. Our Regulatory practice is designed to serve clients in heavily regulated industries, such as manufacturing and utility services, as well as across various industries in regulated areas that impact business as a whole, such as environmental regulation.
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Laura assists with preparation and submission of patent documents to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a wide array of clients. Specifically, she focuses on Information Disclosure Statements and obtaining the necessary supporting documents to ensure that clients are in compliance with the USPTO’s duty of candor.
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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.
Laura brings a technical background in computer engineering to her work in the preparation of U.S. and international patents.
Laura helps clients protect their brands and artistic works through trademark and copyright prosecution, clearance, counseling, and enforcement, including trademark opposition, cancellation, and infringement proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and global courts and trademark offices.
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.
Ed partners with clients to protect their intellectual property and develop and manage their IP portfolios. Clients appreciate the sharp focus he brings to the preparation and prosecution of United States and foreign patents in technologies related to mechanical engineering, material sciences, consumer and industrial products, mining equipment, and automobile components. His outstanding track record is the result of insights gleaned from a thorough understanding of client business goals coupled with high-level technical expertise as a mechanical engineer.
Molly is experienced in all phases of obtaining patent protection both in the United States and internationally. Her patent prosecution and patent clearance practice is focused on computer software and hardware technologies, including imaging systems and applications (including computed tomography and radiographic image creation, analysis, and management), cryptographic and security applications, financial transaction processing, wireless networks and communication protocols, web-based applications and business methods.
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