Intellectual Property & Technology


Why Choose Us

Your company’s intellectual property is the product of years of hard work, creativity, and determination – so are you doing what you need to protect your investment? Ulmer’s Intellectual Property & Technology Practice can help secure your competitive position by establishing, preserving, defending, and commercializing your intellectual property (IP). Our business-minded IP attorneys understand the realities of the business and competitive landscapes you face. We carefully listen to learn your true objectives, and then create customized, targeted strategies to assist in reaching those goals.

Our diverse team of more than 20 dedicated attorneys includes those with technological backgrounds in electrical, chemical, and mechanical engineering, and others who have worked as in-house IP counsel for mid-size and Fortune 500 companies. Drawing on this collective expertise, we work closely together to help establish and enforce your IP rights and advance your business interests.

“My impression of the team as a whole is excellent. Compared with other firms we have dealt with, they have better expertise, client relations, and expertise in technology.”

– Client feedback from Chambers USA

Who We Assist

Our team represents sophisticated clients who trust us to oversee their IP positions across a wide array of diverse technologies. This includes several leading domestic and international manufacturers of consumer goods, chemical products, electronic displays and instrumentation, wire and cable products, eyewear, and industrial equipment. We also oversee entire worldwide IP portfolios for several clients including, for example, a multinational lawn and garden company, a leading global producer of health and hygiene products, and one of the largest American manufacturers of children’s toys.

What We Do

In addressing the entire range of your IP needs, our attorneys listen, engage, and find creative solutions to complex matters. We counsel clients in all areas of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret protection, enforcement, and transactions. Offering the benefits of a full-service firm that is agile, responsive, and results oriented, our practice provides a comprehensive range of legal services, including but not limited to:

  • 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 and resolving the complete gamut of high-stakes IP disputes in state and federal lawsuits, in proceedings before the USPTO, and through alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
  • Structuring, negotiating, documenting, and closing sophisticated technology-related license, lease, technology transfer, acquisition, and divestiture transactions.
  • Analyzing and rendering opinions regarding infringement and validity of IP rights.
  • Providing counsel on all aspects of the protection and exploitation of software-based IP.
  • Helping clients understand the power of trade secrets and protecting them through tailored restrictive covenants and litigation when necessary.
  • Advising with respect to ad campaigns and marketing promotions, including claims-substantiation matters, unfair competition, and false advertising claims.
  • Structuring businesses and joint ventures that commercialize or exploit technology-based products or assets.

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Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Rachael L. Rodman was recently appointed as a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which is dedicated to establishing organizational focus around and executing programs based on diversity and inclusion. As one of IPO’s Management and...

Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Rachael L. Rodman was recently appointed as a Vice Chair of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) Women in IP Committee, which seeks to promote the advancement of women in IP law and to increase the diversity of IPO’s membership. As Vice...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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