Patent Prosecution, Drafting & Consultation


Organizations that flourish in today’s economy take patent management and protection seriously. They engage counsel who can skillfully guide them through the patent-preparation and prosecution process, and assist them in managing patent portfolios.

Ulmer & Berne’s Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology practice includes approximately 15 attorneys who are registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, with training in the electrical, chemical, mechanical and software arts.

Members of our group have substantial experience in:

  • Preparing and prosecuting U.S. patent applications in the electrical, chemical and mechanical areas, as well as with respect to software, business methods and processes
  • Managing foreign agents in connection with preparation and prosecution of patent applications filed in foreign countries directly and through use of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) process
  • Coordinating prior art searching and preparing patent-related legal analyses and opinions, including patentability, landscape, non-infringement, invalidity and freedom-to-use opinions
  • Counseling clients with respect to structuring and managing invention identification and protection programs
  • Counseling clients with respect to patent portfolio development and management and related research and development activities
  • Structuring and documenting licensing and other transactions for the commercialization of patents and related assets and rights
  • Conducting due diligence investigations involving patents or portfolios of patents, such as in connection with mergers, acquisitions and business divestitures

Members of the IP and Technology practice have advanced degrees or education in various scientific disciplines such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, chemistry, biology and pharmacology. Some have served as in-house counsel with leading companies that operate in the medical device, industrial and consumer chemical and polymer industries.

“Ulmer & Berne Promotes One in Ohio” World Intellectual Property Review January 25, 2016 US law firm Ulmer & Berne has promoted Duke Haugh to partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice in Cincinnati. Read full article »

Ulmer & Berne is proud to announce the promotion of Cincinnati-based attorneys Lucas V. (Duke) Haugh and Stephen G. Nesbitt to partner, effective January 1, 2016. “As a firm, we are focused on continuously improving our ability to serve clients in a variety of ways, one of which is developing...

Ulmer & Berne LLP announces the addition of seasoned intellectual property attorney Paul M. Ulrich as a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) & Technology practice. The practice has grown significantly throughout 2014, adding eight new members since January. Mr. Ulrich joins Ulmer & Berne’s Cincinnati office from Dinsmore...

Ulmer & Berne LLP announces the addition of seasoned intellectual property attorney John X. Garred as Partner in the firm’s growing Intellectual Property (IP) & Technology practice, which has added seven new members since January of this year. Mr. Garred joins the firm from Tucker Ellis LLP, where he was...

Ulmer & Berne LLP is ranked in 40 categories in the 2015 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings. Among these, the firm earns U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ highest ranking in 23 categories. The firm also ranks nationally in 17 categories. Ulmer & Berne achieved a “Metropolitan Tier...

Ulmer & Berne LLP is named to the BTI IP Honor Roll as described in the “BTI Intellectual Property Outlook 2015: Changes, Trends and Opportunities in IP & IP Litigation.” BTI Consulting is a leading provider of market research for professional service firms. The BTI IP Outlook 2015 combines a...

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