Intellectual Property & Licensing

Downey Brand has one of the strongest Intellectual Property and Technology practices in the region.  We represent a variety of clients (ranging from small businesses to multi-billion dollar publicly traded companies) in securing, protecting, and using Intellectual Property, and with handling complex issues involving technology, the Internet, and software.

Intellectual Property

Our Intellectual Property group practice routinely represents clients in handling complex Intellectual Property disputes, including prosecuting and defending claims involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and unfair competition.  We also have one of the region’s strongest trademark and copyright practices—in which we register, manage, and protect domestic and international trademarks and copyrights on a daily basis.  In addition, we routinely counsel clients on strategies aimed at protecting and policing Intellectual Property and limiting liability and risk in the use of Intellectual Property. We also provide Intellectual Property rights counseling in corporate mergers and acquisitions and counseling entrepreneurs and emerging companies on the contribution, protection, and commercialization of Intellectual Property.

Patent Counseling & Prosecution

Our Patent group assists clients with all aspects of patent prosecution including but not limited to new application drafting and filing, patent prosecution, reissue applications, client counseling related but not limited to technical areas related to consumer electronic products that include materials and material processing, mechanical design, computer architectures, software including programming languages, telecommunications, Internet and Web-based software, computer peripherals, networking technology including Internet and electronic commerce systems, operating systems (e.g.; OSX, UNIX), encryption, and distributed computing.  

Technology

Our Technology group regularly represents clients in analyzing, negotiating, and crafting agreements involving Intellectual Property, the Internet, software, and other technologies—including licensing and distribution agreements, acquisition and assignment agreements, strategic alliances and joint ventures, outsourcing and manufacturing agreements, service agreements, and development and support agreements.  In addition, we have extensive experience counseling clients in specialized issues involving technology, software, the Internet and privacy, such as Domain name acquisition and enforcement, DMCA, HIPAA, and other emerging technology issues.

Experience

  • We regularly represent clients who are leaders from a broad array of industries in California (including technology consulting, software development, food and agriculture, grocery chains, private universities, health care, banking, and gaming,) in complex technology and intellectual property transactions.
  • Downey Brand represented AtPac, Inc. a leading supplier of computer software used by clerk-recorder offices throughout California in a suit against its direct competitor for copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation, which resulted in monetary sanctions against the defendants and a $1.9 million settlement for AtPac, Inc.

Selected Experience
  • We regularly represent clients who are leaders from a broad array of industries in California (including technology consulting, software development, food and agriculture, grocery chains, private universities, health care, banking, and gaming,) in complex technology and intellectual property transactions.
  • Downey Brand represented AtPac, Inc. a leading supplier of computer software used by clerk-recorder offices throughout California in a suit against its direct competitor for copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation, which resulted in monetary sanctions against the defendants and a $1.9 million settlement for AtPac, Inc.

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