Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Client and Industry Challenges
A company’s patents are often among its most valuable assets. Strong patent rights can protect products, technology, services and the investments made in researching and developing those assets. Strong patents can provide new access to capital, and offer significant legal and competitive advantages in the U.S. and internationally for both emerging and established businesses.
Snell & Wilmer’s intellectual property attorneys regularly assist clients with their patent preparation and patent prosecution needs. Our patent attorneys focus on understanding our clients’ business including an in-depth understanding of their products and services. We work closely with our clients to develop strong patent applications and effective patent strategies, and to help them create and manage sophisticated and defensible patent portfolios that support their primary business objectives. We do this domestically within the United States, and have deep and trusted relationships with law firms and attorneys throughout the world that we regularly work with to extend our client’s patent protection internationally.
Because all of our intellectual property attorneys have technical degrees in science and engineering—with several holding master’s or doctoral degrees in these disciplines—our group is able to draft patents that consider the complex and nuanced nature of the technologies involved, as well as the relevant laws and regulations.
Clients We Serve
Our intellectual property attorneys assist a wide variety of clients, including startups, Fortune 500 companies and individual researchers and inventors. We have assisted with the prosecution of patents for companies working within the consumer products, consumer electronics, biotechnology, chemical, medical device, industrial manufacturing, robotics, computer software and agricultural industries, among many others. We have extensive experience in prosecuting chemical, mechanical, electrical and computer engineering and systems patents, as well as business method patents, application development agreements, technology transfer agreement and licensing agreements.
Why Clients Select Us
Comprehensive Service: The full-service nature of our patent practice—from preparation and prosecution to litigation and inter partes review proceedings—allows us to have a wider “field of vision” in our patent experience and skills including drafting patents that take into account patent commercialization and potential litigation, rather than focusing merely on exclusivity. Several of our attorneys have been lead counsel on patent reexaminations, which has allowed our attorneys to better counsel our clients in complex patent prosecution and litigation matters.