BackIntellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Law group of Nelson Mullins provides comprehensive patent, trademark and copyright services to a large base of domestic and international corporations. Clients having worldwide patent and trademark portfolios select the Firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) lawyers to manage and enhance those portfolios, protect their intellectual property rights, and avoid the pitfalls of infringing the intellectual property rights of others. Nelson Mullins IP lawyers also have experience in representing clients in contractual proceedings and in IP litigation in both the United States and overseas in Europe, Asia, and South America.

The Nelson Mullins IP group includes a number of attorneys who are registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and who hold degrees in technical disciplines such as electrical engineering, biochemistry, chemistry, and mechanical engineering. These attorneys know how to engage scientists in technical language, and they also know how to relay their clients’ cases to judges and juries. Our attorneys have served as judicial clerks with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which hears patent-based appeals, and as Patent Examiners. In addition, the Firm’s IP lawyers include adjunct intellectual property law professors at local law schools and authors of various publications.

The Firm’s attorneys have significant experience in litigating and resolving a wide range of disputes involving intellectual property, including claims involving

  • patent infringement
  • trademark and trade dress infringement and dilution
  • copyright infringement
  • counterfeiting
  • false advertising
  • unfair competition
  • misappropriation of trade secrets
  • restrictive covenants
  • the Internet, domain names and social media
  • technology (including software and computer technology)
  • rights of privacy and publicity

The Firm is well-versed not only in the substance of intellectual property law, but also in federal and state court procedural issues, including obtaining and defending against temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions that often are sought in IP actions.  Its experience includes litigating trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings and patent proceedings in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office; pursuing cybersquatting claims through ICANN’s Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy; and representing clients with false or misleading advertising claims before the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

In addition to its IP litigation practice, the Firm is experienced in ensuring that a client’s intellectual property is protected, whether by patents, trademarks, copyrights, or trade secrets. The IP group maintains a large docket of both domestic and international patent application filings and also operates a significant trademark prosecution practice. Both its patent prosecution and trademark prosecution practices are based on efficient and time-tested practice parameters designed by attorneys with experience in managing private practice and in-house international filing programs.

When confronted with intellectual property issues in a rapidly changing worldwide economy, it is critical to choose lawyers having experience and knowledge in both technology and the law. This is why clients from many of today’s high-profile industries, including those in electronic commerce, telecommunications, computer software, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology, as well as universities and clients from the more traditional manufacturing sectors, seek counsel from our Firm.

Nelson Mullins IP attorneys understand both a client’s business and its technology. In addition, by using the Firm’s information management systems, we are able to respond to client needs and issues quickly and effectively. From the beginning of an issue, our IP attorneys seek to find business solutions to clients’ problems. Sometimes that requires us to demonstrate our litigation management and trial skills in the courtroom, but many times it allows us to resolve IP issues without litigation and in a manner that still results in an enhancement to our client’s IP portfolio. Whatever your IP needs, the Nelson Mullins experience provides the means for achieving your goals.