Intellectual property is often a company’s most valuable asset. Hoge Fenton helps clients protect and leverage the value of their inventions, brands, proprietary work, and trade secrets, from identifying and establishing intellectual property rights through alternative dispute resolution and litigation. Our attorneys also offer strategic counsel on mergers and acquisitions involving the transfer of intellectual property rights to put our clients in the best possible negotiating position. Hoge Fenton can tap into the firm’s strong network of international counsel to protect and enforce intellectual property rights wherever our clients do business.
We understand the specific needs of companies across a wide range of industries, including the following:
- Manufacturing (Semiconductor, computer hardware, software, industrial fabrication, petroleum products, food and wine processing, agriculture, medical devices, and cosmetics)
- Wholesale and distribution (Concrete, tools and supplies, automotive, paper products, medical instruments, cosmetics, and software)
- Retail (Grocery, convenience stores, gasoline, automotive, clothing, and cosmetics)
- Communications (ISP providers, data centers, e-commerce companies, telecommunications, television and radio broadcasters, print and web publishers, writers, and software developers)
- Professional and financial services (CPAs, engineers, architects, physicians, dentists, attorneys, medical groups, hospitals, mortgage bankers, real estate brokerages, and national bank holding companies)
- Nonprofit (Social services, education, health care, and vocational training entities; museums; and significant foundations)
- Sports, entertainment, and hospitality (Professional sports teams, restaurants, hotels, wineries, and golf courses)
Start-ups and large established entities regularly turn to Hoge Fenton for strategic planning services to manage, protect, and capitalize on their valuable intellectual property portfolios. For start-ups and entrepreneurs, these services can risk analysis; review of company policies and form documents to ensure compliance with state, federal, and foreign jurisdiction regulations; and legal counsel on business best practices.
Patent Disputes, Licensing, and Counseling
Hoge Fenton regularly helps clients protect and maximize the value of their inventions from the earliest spark of an idea. Our attorneys draft complex licensing agreements and contracts to establish patent protection and guide our clients through any post-issuance proceedings. Should a conflict arise, we help clients reach a resolution swiftly and efficiently, without the need for litigation when possible. But, when necessary, we also vigorously prosecute patent claims in district court and before the Patent Trials and Appeals Board.
Trademark Protection and Infringement
A company’s brand sets it apart from competitors and carries with it hard-earned goodwill. Hoge Fenton guides clients on selecting, clearing, and registering trademarks for usage, providing business and legal counsel on how to protect revenue streams and mitigate risks. We also represent clients in domain name disputes and matters involving cybersquatters. In the event of a conflict, our attorneys have extensive experience defending and prosecuting trademark claims before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and in court.
Copyright Registration and Infringement
Companies across a wide range of industries look to Hoge Fenton to protect and capitalize on the full value of their proprietary work through copyright clearance, registration, enforcement, and prosecution. Our attorneys evaluate business objectives against the nuances of copyright law, providing counsel on initial registration decisions such as whether to pursue copyright or patent protection and how to protect confidential software source code and multimedia material. We also have significant experience both prosecuting and defending against claims of copyright infringement, working to resolve conflicts swiftly and efficiently.
Trade Secrets and Unfair Business Practices
Trade secrets are one of the most valuable forms of intellectual property, contributing substantially to a company’s market position and profitability. Yet with the rise in employee mobility and rapid evolution of technology, trade secrets are increasingly vulnerable to misappropriation. Hoge Fenton helps clients with the full spectrum of trade secrets services, from helping owners establish protection plans to resolving disputes, including prosecuting and defending against alleged theft to antitrust, unfair trade practices, and unfair competition litigation.
We strive to resolve conflicts in the most cost-effective and expeditious manner possible, encouraging alternate dispute resolution whenever appropriate. Our attorneys provide clients with a realistic evaluation of the merits of their case and recommend the appropriate strategy and staffing to maximize the chance for success. When litigation becomes inevitable, our clients turn to us due to our reputation and over 50 of years of trial experience. As a testament to our success, judges and other attorneys frequently refer clients to us to resolve trade secrets disputes.