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Clients rely on Ken to help them resolve complex intellectual property and commercial disputes. Drawing on a strong technical background, particularly in the electrical, mechanical and electro-mechanical arts, Ken has successfully litigated patent infringement cases throughout the United States. He has represented clients in all phases of patent litigation and trial preparation.
Clients look to Brent for assistance protecting patents and avoiding infringement of competitors’ products. Armed with a background in mechanical engineering, Brent has particular experience in product categories including power tools, mining equipment, motor vehicles, commercial cleaning systems, outdoor power equipment, and fluid pumps.
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Chris is a partner focusing his intellectual property practice on domestic and international patent matters relating to mechanical, electro-mechanical, medical, materials science, software, and business method technologies. He also helps clients acquire and enforce United States and foreign trademark rights, copyrights and trade secrets, negotiates intellectual property licenses and technology transfers, and prepares patentability and non-infringement opinions. His work applies strategic planning to intellectual property protection to help clients achieve their business goals.
Kevin provides clients in a wide range of technologies with strategic counsel in the areas of procurement and enforcement of their patent portfolios both in the United States and around the world.
Kelly assists with preparing and prosecuting patent applications, informed by more than ten years of experience in biochemical research. The skills she gained as a research scientist provide her with a broad knowledge of invention disclosures, freedom to operate, patentability, and patent infringement opinions.
Don’s outstanding track record is built on successful outcomes in complicated and high-profile intellectual property litigation across a wide range of industry sectors and in courts throughout the United States. Clients rely on his tenaciousness and excellent trial skills gained from many years of work with cases involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights.
Brian provides patentability analysis, patent application preparation and patent prosecution for clients in the electrical and mechanical technology sectors. His strong technical background in these industries informs his development and management of intellectual property strategies for his clients’ patent portfolios, both in the U.S. and internationally.
Clients look to Bill for his rare combination of litigation and prosecution experience. His expansive knowledge of all aspects of intellectual property uniquely positions him to provide clients with a complete range of intellectual property services. For almost 20 years, Bill has litigated patents and other intellectual property rights relating to a wide variety of technologies.
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