Intellectual Property & Technology


Corporate value-creation is increasingly driven by establishing, preserving, defending and commercializing proprietary rights to the intellectual property (IP) an organization creates and owns. Whether internet-based or traditional “brick-and-mortar” entities, sophisticated IP-conscious clients count on members of Ulmer & Berne’s Intellectual Property & Technology group to help boost their market value and competitive sustainability. Our group understands clients’ businesses and the competitive landscapes they face.

The attorneys in Ulmer & Berne’s IP & Technology practice serve and counsel clients in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret issues, including licensing matters, technology transactions and transfers and, when necessary, litigation. Many of our attorneys have deep technology expertise, with training in such areas as electrical, chemical and mechanical engineering, and some also have prior backgrounds as in-house IP and technology counsel for Fortune 500 organizations.

The IP & Technology practice addresses the needs of our clients by:

  • Identifying and advising counsel with respect to the risks and rewards of IP prosecution and protection strategies
  • Developing tailored strategies for the creation and enforcement of IP and related rights
  • Preparing, filing and prosecuting patent, trademark and copyright applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Copyright Office, international registries and applicable state authorities
  • Litigating IP disputes
  • Resolving IP-related disputes, including Internet domain name disputes, through alternative dispute resolution proceedings
  • Structuring businesses and joint ventures which commercialize or exploit technology-based products or assets
  • Structuring, negotiating, documenting and closing sophisticated technology-related license, lease, technology transfer, acquisition and divestiture transactions involving software, hardware, chemical, biotechnology and life sciences assets and businesses

The Blockland Solutions Conference, held on December 1-4, 2018, in Cleveland was the first conference of its kind in Ohio. It represented a significant shift forward in the mindset of both the private and public sectors in the Midwest when it comes to blockchain. Blockchain technology generally creates a digital...

Ulmer Partner Thomas M. Williams was recently published in both IP Watchdog and Westlaw Journal Intellectual Property on the Converse shoe design fight. In IP Watchdog, Williams wrote an article discussing the recent Federal Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the Converse case and how the decision highlights multiple obstacles...

Ulmer & Berne LLP is proud to expand its Columbus office with the addition of Partner Rachael L. Rodman. Rodman is an accomplished litigator who concentrates her practice in the area of IP litigation, and has experience representing clients in a variety of cases involving patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret...

Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that it has been named to the IP Litigation Honor Roll in BTI Consulting Group’s annual report on trends in the litigation market – BTI Litigation Outlook 2019: Changes, Trends and Opportunities for Law Firms. Ulmer is one of only 35 firms nationwide...

Ulmer & Berne LLP is proud to announce that Partner Joseph P. Thomas will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018 from the Chase Alumni Association of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. “Joe has an incredible ability to defend our clients in matters that are complex...

Ulmer is pleased to announce that two new associates have joined the firm’s Cleveland and Cincinnati offices. Gregory C. Djordjevic joins the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group in Cleveland, and Elizabeth A. Conklin joins the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group in Cincinnati. Most recently an associate with Jones Day in...

The World Trademark Review (WTR) has recognized Ulmer & Berne LLP partners Thomas M. Williams and Michael A. Marrero in its “WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals” rankings. WTR is the world’s only independent multimedia publication dedicated exclusively to reporting on trademark issues. This marks the seventh consecutive...

Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Seth A. Voit to partner. Voit, a member of Ulmer’s Intellectual Property & Technology Group, is based in the firm’s Cincinnati office. “We are both excited and fortunate to welcome Seth into our partnership,” said Ulmer Managing Partner Scott...

Today, the United States Supreme Court overturned a provision of the Lanham Act that disallowed registration of terms or phrases that “may disparage” persons in Matal v. Tam. The Supreme Court ruled that the so-called “disparagement clause” of the Lanham Act violated the free speech provisions of the First Amendment....

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Businesses recognized Ulmer & Berne LLP for the 15th consecutive year as a leading law firm. The guide is the culmination of thousands of in-depth interviews, carried out by the largest research team of its kind. Chambers recognizes nine of the firm’s partners and counsel, including...

The World Trademark Review (WTR) has recognized Ulmer & Berne LLP partners Thomas M. Williams and Michael A. Marrero in its “WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals” rankings. WTR is the world’s only independent multimedia publication dedicated exclusively to reporting on trademark issues. This marks the sixth consecutive...

Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that Matthew Vale has been promoted from contract attorney to full-time associate. Vale will work out of Ulmer’s Cincinnati office in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Vale’s practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution. He is registered to practice before the...

“Daily Fantasy Wide Open For Student-Athlete Publicity Suit,” Law360, August 31, 2016 With a new football season looming, millions upon millions of people are frantically drafting or putting the finishing touches on their fantasy football teams. In recent years, a certain variety of fantasy football called “daily fantasy” enjoyed a...

The World Trademark Review (WTR) has recognized Ulmer & Berne partners Thomas M. Williams and Michael A. Marrero in its “WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals” rankings. WTR is the world’s only independent multimedia publication dedicated exclusively to reporting on trademark issues. This marks the fifth consecutive year...

Ulmer & Berne is recognized for the 13th consecutive year as a leading law firm in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In the 2015 edition, Chambers USA recognizes 14 of the firm’s partners, including a Band 1 ranking for Michael N. Ungar, chair of Ulmer & Berne’s Litigation...

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