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

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....

ABA-IPL Landslide Webinar Series: Practical Insights on Software Copyright Registration and Enforcement ABA-IPL Landslide® Webinar Series Tuesday, June 20, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST 1.50 General CLE Credit Hours Gregory Stein On June 20, Gregory P. Stein joins a panel of experts to discuss key issues when obtaining...

Press Release 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...

Gregory P. Stein, Vice Chair of Ulmer’s Data Privacy and Information Security Group, recently co-authored an article published in Landslide, a publication of the American Bar Association’s section of intellectual property. Covering computer program registration basics, how to determine which software versions to register, and an analysis of relevant case law, the article...

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 United Kingdom (“UK”) voted in favor of exiting the European Union (“EU”) on June 23, 2016, in a decision commonly referred to as the “Brexit.” If you have European Union Intellectual Property Office (“EUIPO”) registered trademarks or designs, or if you have pending applications before the EUIPO, you may...

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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