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  • Legal 500—Nixon Peabody Ranked in Trade Secrets Category
  • U.S. News/Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”
  • IAM Patent 1000
  • BTI Litigation Outlook 2013
    • “Most Feared Law Firms”—Honor Roll
    • Strong Performance—IP Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation
  • Managing IP Magazine
    • Ranked in the top 15 among all U.S. law firms for securing “the highest-quality patents” for clients across all industries
    • Recognized as a national leader in the patent category for bio life sciences
 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Working side-by-side with our clients, we leverage every possible IP-related opportunity to maximize revenue and accomplish their business objectives.

Who we are

Intellectual property laws, and the competitive landscape in many industries, are shifting rapidly. Now more than ever, attorneys need to bring not only sharp legal skills, but also a deep knowledge of technology, and excellent industry-specific business judgment to every matter.

There are few assets more valuable than your intellectual property. Effective navigation in an increasingly competitive market has never been more important. Protecting your innovations and minimizing costly disputes and interruptions to your business are essential to generate revenue and stay a step ahead of your competition.

We understand that our clients’ innovations serve as the foundation for building strong companies and reputations. We help clients stay abreast of the ever-changing U.S. patent system, monitor rapidly shifting social media trends that impact our clients’ brands, intimately understand our clients’ competitive landscape, and vigorously defend our clients’ IP rights.

Who we work with

  • Cutting edge technology companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Consumer product and services companies
  • Life science companies
  • Leading universities and academic medical centers

Media Clips

  • Personalized Medicine Changes the Rules of the Play (Personoitu Laaketiede Muuttaa Pelisaantoja)
    Mediuutiset (Finland) | March 21, 2014
    In this Finnish health care publication, Boston Patents counsel Leena Karttunen Contarino provides commentary on how the FDA defines personalized medicine and about the FDA’s attempts to handle personalized medicine drugs and devices in an integrated process.
  • Provisional Patent Apps Need More Detail In Post-AIA Era
    Law360 | February 26, 2014
    Silicon Valley Patents partner Kal Shami discusses how provisional applications need to provide a more complete picture of the claimed invention to protect patents in a post-America Invents Act world.
  • Valley Offices Nab IP Laterals
    The Recorder | February 18, 2014
    This coverage highlights the arrivals of Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Litigation partners Shawn Hansen and Jeff Lokey.
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  • Valley Offices Nab IP Laterals
    The Recorder | February 18, 2014
    This coverage highlights the arrivals of Silicon Valley intellectual property litigation partners Jeff Lokey and Shawn Hansen.
  • In the News
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | February 10, 2014
    This news brief notes that Chicago Patents attorney Sorin Cimpoes has been elected to the firm’s partnership.
  • People on the Move
    Boston Business Journal | February 4, 2014
    This coverage notes that Boston Brands & Creations attorney Gina McCreadie has been elected to the firm's partnership.
  • Universities Seek More Legal Help on Export Control Compliance
    Daily Journal | February 4, 2014
    Patents partner and Los Angeles office managing partner Seth Levy discusses export control compliance relating to increased federal enforcement attention on academic institutions bringing in top international talent.
  • People on the Move
    San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal | February 4, 2014
    This coverage notes that Silicon Valley Patents attorney Maria Swiatek has been elected to the firm's partnership.
  • Strong Software Patents Crucial, Michel Tells Justices
    Law360 | January 28, 2014
    Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation partner Mark Halligan is noted in this article for his representation of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property who recently filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court urging that any ruling that weakens software patents "would be a step backward for the United States."
  • Patentable Subject Matter in the U.S.
    IP Copy | December 17, 2013

    Los Angeles patents partner Seth Levy discusses the current state of case law in the U.S., the U.S. Supreme Court's Myriad decision and its aftermath, USPTO Guidance, and patent prosecution tips.

  • Personalized Medicine Providers, FDA Has Your Back
    Law360 | December 8, 2013
    Boston Patents counsel Leena Karttunen Contarino and Washington, DC, Health Services and Life Sciences partner Areta Kupchyk authored this column discussing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s comprehensive personalized medicine report.
  • Enter the Academic-Entrepreneur
    Daily Journal | November 27, 2013
    Los Angeles Patents and office managing partner Seth Levy authored this contributed article focusing on some of the pitfalls that exist for the academic-entrepreneur and the university technology transfer programs whose currency is those academician’s innovations.
  • Patent Law Committee Taps Nixon Peabody's Paul Kitch as Vice-Chair
    Intellectual Property Today | October 28, 2013
    This article notes that Chicago Patents partner Paul Kitch has been named vice chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Patent Law Committee.
  • Restaurant Owner Loses $1M Copyright Claim Over TV Show
    National Law Journal | October 23, 2013
    This coverage notes a California federal judge’s decision to dismiss copyright infringement claims against TV One LLC. TV One’s legal team was led by Los Angeles partners Thad Stauber and Sarah André, Washington, DC, partner Kendal Tyre, Los Angeles associate Michael Azat, and Washington, DC, associate Kenneth Nichols.
  • Maine Law Muddles Liability in Drug Injury Suits
    Law360 | October 11, 2013
    Boston Life Sciences and IP Litigation partner Joe Leghorn provides commentary on a new Maine law, a first of its kind in the U.S., allowing prescription drugs to be purchased from foreign pharmacies.
  • Big Law Social Media Success Strategies
    The American Lawyer | October 1, 2013
    Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation partner Mark Halligan’s use of Twitter is highlighted in this feature story.
  • 'Raging Bull' copyright fight headed for U.S. Supreme Court
    Reuters | October 1, 2013
    San Francisco Commercial Litigation attorney John Chatowski provides commentary in this article noting that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Raging Bull copyright.
  • Putting an Estate Value on the Assets Unique to You
    The New York Times | September 28, 2013
    Boston Private Clients partner Sarah Connolly comments on how patents (which have the potential to be more valuable after a researcher’s death) can play a role in estate planning.
  • Rochester firms work to protect intellectual property
    Democrat and Chronicle | September 27, 2013
    Rochester Private Equity & Investment Funds counsel Jeremy Wolk discusses the importance of sufficient capital and intellectual property safeguards for startups.
  • Martha Stewart Fires Pre-Emptive Shot against Alleged Troll
    National Law Journal | September 27, 2013
    Boston partner and leader of the firm’s Brands & Creations practice Jason Kravitz provides third-party commentary about a patent infringement case involving iPad apps created by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
  • Trade Secrets Spats Center on Cloud
    The Recorder | September 20, 2013
    San Francisco Brands & Creations partner Rob Weikert comments on how trade secrets matters are being impacted by growing use of online data storage.
  • Case to Watch: A circuit split and 'Raging Bull'
    Reuters Legal | September 13, 2013

    John Chatowski discusses a closely watched lawsuit over rights to the "Raging Bull" film.

  • Protecting U.S. Trade Secret Assets in the 21st Century
    Landslide | September 1, 2013
    Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation partner Mark Halligan wrote this article discussing the need for U.S. companies and the intellectual property bar to place more importance on trade secret asset protection.
  • Myriad Decision Aftershocks Ripple through Biotech
    Nature Biotechnology | August 8, 2013

    Co-leader of the Patents practice and Life Sciences partner David Resnick discusses the impact of the June 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Myriad Genetics case.

  • Patent Troll Lawsuits Rare In Device Industry, But May Increase, Attorneys Say
    The Gray Sheet | June 24, 2013

    Chicago partner and leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice Russ Genet discusses the trend of lawsuits from firms that buy up device patents purely to pursue litigation becoming more commonplace.

  • SCOTUS: Human Genes Can't Be Patented
    CNBC | June 13, 2013

    Co-leader of the firm’s Patents practice and member of the Life Sciences team David Resnick discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that human genes cannot be patented, striking down Myriad Genetics Inc.'s patents on isolated DNA associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

  • High Court's Myriad Ruling Won't Crush Biotech Industry
    Life Sciences Law360 | June 13, 2013

    Co-leader of the firm’s Patents practice and member of the Life Sciences team Ron Eisenstein discusses the U.S. Supreme Courts’ ruling that human genes cannot be patented, striking down Myriad Genetics Inc.’s patents on isolated DNA associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

  • Attorneys, Tech Transfer Pros Offer Their Take on How to Address New Rules under AIA
    Technology Transfer Tactics | March 1, 2013

    Boston partner and Patents practice co-leader Ron Eisenstein discusses new key provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA).

  • Lawyers See IP Protection Help in U.S. Trade-Secrets Focus
    Reuters | February 22, 2013

    Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation partner Mark Halligan discusses efforts to combat trade-secret theft.

  • Former Kodak Trademark Counsel Stimson Joins Nixon Peabody
    Rochester Business Journal | January 16, 2013

    This article highlights the arrival of Rochester Brands & Creations counsel David Stimson, former chief trademark counsel of the Eastman Kodak Company.

  • On the Move
    Daily Record | January 15, 2013

    This coverage notes that Rochester Brands & Creations attorney Kristen Mollnow Walsh has been elected to the firm’s partnership.

  • Top 40 Angelenos to Know in Intellectual Property Law
    Los Angeles Business Journal | October 29, 2012

    Los Angeles Patents partner Seth Levy is profiled in this special section highlighting “Who’s Who” in intellectual property in the region.

  • EXTRA! EXTRA! En Banc Federal Circuit Overrules Its Precedent on Induced Infringement
    IP Today | October 16, 2012

    Authored by Chicago intellectual property partner Paul Kitch and Chicago intellectual property litigation associate Jason Kunze, this article discusses the law concerning induced infringement of patented methods. Click here to download the article.

  • Sobering Times in IP Law
    Boston Business Journal | September 28, 2012

    Boston partner and leader of the firm’s Brands & Creations practice Jason Kravitz provides third-party commentary in this article discussing Massachusetts’ food and beverage industry’s efforts to manage the complexities of intellectual property law.

  • IP Protection May Promote Additional Franchise Growth In Africa
    Franchising Business & Law Alert | September 1, 2012

    This article, authored by Washington, DC, partner Kendal Tyre, discusses the necessary developments in the protection of an investor’s intellectual property that are vital for continued foreign investment in Africa.

  • Federal Circuit Again Upholds Myriad's BRCA Gene Claims
    BioWorld Today | August 17, 2012

    Washington, DC, Patents counsel Mary Webster provides commentary in this article focused on the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding the validity of Myriad Genetics Inc.’s claims for its BRACAnalysis breast cancer gene test.

  • Washington Roundup: Federal Circuit Broadens Hatch-Waxman Safe Harbor
    BioWorld Today | August 7, 2012

    This article recaps a recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision expanding the safe harbor for generic drug makers. Washington, DC, patents counsel Mary Webster is quoted discussing how expanding the safe harbor will affect patent claims.

  • Lake Tahoe May Prepare Winter Olympic Bid for 2026
    San Francisco Business Times | August 6, 2012

    This article focuses on Lake Tahoe’s potential bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. San Francisco brands and creations partner Rob Weikert is mentioned as a board member of the Lake Tahoe Winter Games Exploratory Committee.

  • Seventh Circuit Ruling Clears Website of Infringement
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | August 3, 2012

    This article focuses on a ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals indicating that a website that provides copyrighted videos without consent does not contribute to copyright infringement. Chicago intellectual property partner Mark Halligan provides third party commentary.

  • Expert Witness: Lawyers Put Their Legal Skills to Use in Creative Way
    Chicago Lawyer | August 1, 2012

    Chicago intellectual property litigation partner Mark Halligan discusses how attorneys and law professors serve as consultants to strengthen cases before trial and as experts to do reports, give depositions, and provide testimony if a case goes to trial.

  • Federal Circuit Revisits Myriad Breast Cancer Gene Claims
    BioWorld Today | July 23, 2012

    This article focuses on the Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics Inc. case and arguments in the Federal Circuit about the patentability of isolated DNA. Washington, DC, Patents counsel Mary Webster provides commentary.

  • Protecting Intellectual Property Allows Growth
    Long Island Business News | July 13, 2012

    Long Island partner Allan Cohen provides commentary in this special “Growth Strategies” section addressing important factors for businesses to consider as they look to grow.

  • Sabermetrics Sees Recent Scrutiny
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | May 30, 2012

    This contributed article, authored by Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation partner Mark Halligan and San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Matt Frankel, discusses trade secrets in baseball—specifically “sabermetrics,” the advanced statistical analysis for evaluating players.

  • Business of Law: Nixon Peabody Expands IP Practice in L.A. with Davis Wright Team
    Bloomberg News | May 8, 2012

    This article highlights the arrival of Los Angeles Patents and Life Sciences partner Seth Levy and his team.

  • Guest Article: Good Brands Die Hard
    Mergers & Acquisitions | April 13, 2012

    San Francisco Brands & Creations partner Rob Weikert authored this column on how and why companies must be vigilant and deliberative when they decide to discontinue use of trademarks.

  • Nixon Peabody LLP Meets KenJiva’s IP Challenge
    The Law Project | April 12, 2012

    Chicago Patents counsel Wayne Tang is featured in this story discussing an intellectual property matter faced by the CEO of KenJiva Energy Systems, a startup energy management firm. Wayne provided legal counsel pro bono through the organization the Law Project.

  • Spotlight: Expanding Nixon Peabody’s Chicago office
    Crain’s Chicago Business | March 26, 2012

    This column profiles Chicago office managing partner Janet Garetto. Ms. Garetto’s and the firm’s plans for the office are highlighted.

  • Fallout from Court Decision to Have Long-Term Impact
    BioWorld Today | March 21, 2012

    This article focuses on the Supreme Court ruling determining that Prometheus Laboratories Inc.’s process claims were not patent eligible. Boston partner and co-leader of the firm’s Patents practice group Ron Eisenstein provides third-party commentary about what the ruling means for the biopharma industry and personalized medicine.

  • Case Study: Fort Properties V. American Master Lease
    Law 360 | March 13, 2012

    This “Expert Analysis” column, authored by Chicago Intellectual Pproperty Litigation partner David McKone, discusses the Federal Circuit’s decision upholding a district court ruling invalidating process patent claims as being too abstract and what this decision means in the future.

  • Start-Up Biotechs May Face Rock-Hard Patent Quandary
    BioWorld Today | March 12, 2012

    This article notes that small biotechs, universities, and other holders of early upstream patents could find themselves caught between the new first-to-file patent system and the ever tougher patent standard being set by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Washington, DC, Patents counsel Mary Webster provides commentary.

  • U.S. Tries Cracking Down on Economic Espionage
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | March 9, 2012

    Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation partner Mark Halligan provides commentary about the recent surge in trade secrets theft cases, especially those involving possible espionage.

  • Increased Biopharma Patent Valuation Fuels Litigation
    BioWorld Insight | January 30, 2012

    This article notes that as patents are becoming increasing more important for biopharma organizations, patent litigation is also increasing and raising the patents’ values at the same time. Washington, DC, Patents counsel Mary Webster provides commentary.

  • Area Lawyers Gear Up For Fight Against Counterfeiters
    Boston Business Journal | January 27, 2012

    This feature article highlights Boston partner and leader of the firm’s Brands & Creations practice Jason Kravitz for the work he is doing protecting luxury brands, such as Shamballa Jewels, against counterfeiters and knockoffs.

  • Garetto Plans to Lead Nixon Peabody’s Chicago Office
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | January 27, 2012

    This feature story profiles new Chicago office managing partner Janet Garetto and highlights her vision for the office and outlook on the industry.

  • Defensive ESI Strategies in Trade Secret Misappropriation Litigation
    BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal | January 6, 2012

    This contributed article, authored by Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation partner Mark Halligan, notes that the battleground for trade secrets litigation now involves electronically stored information. Mr. Halligan offers strategies for preventing and defending such lawsuits.

  • TTOs Often Walk a Fine Line When Negotiating Rights to Improvements
    Technology Transfer Tactics | January 1, 2012

    This feature story discusses how technology transfer offices (TTOs) can effectively deal with the rights to intellectual property improvements in license agreements. Boston partner and co-leader of the firm’s Patents practice Ron Eisenstein provides commentary in the piece.

  • Legal Focus: Trade Secrets and Confidential Information
    Lawyer Monthly Magazine | January 1, 2012
    This featured Q&A profiles Chicago intellectual property litigation partner Mark Halligan and focuses on the issues surrounding trade secrets and confidential information. For the complete article, please click here.
  • Personalized Medicine Could Hinge on Supreme Court Ruling
    BioWorld Today | December 8, 2011

    This story notes that the future of personalized medicine rests in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court as it mulls arguments in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories Inc. Patents practice co-leader and member of the firm’s Life Sciences practice David Resnick provides third-party commentary.

  • Could Violators of Internet Agreements be Criminally Liable?
    Daily Record | December 7, 2011

    The feature story discusses the Department of Justice’s interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Rochester brands & creations partner Peter Durant provides third-party commentary in the piece.

  • What TTOs Need to Know about Freedom-to-operate Analyses
    Technology Transfer Tactics | December 1, 2011

    Boston partner and co-leader of the firm’s Patents practice Ron Eisenstein provides commentary in this article abut what Technology Transfer Office (TTO) managers need to know about freedom to operate investigations.

  • Federal Bill Pits Creative Industries against the Internet in Piracy Fight
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | November 29, 2011

    This article discusses the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOAP) which is being debated in the U.S. House of Representatives and would give owners of intellectual property the power to quickly shut down "rogue websites" pirating their goods. Chicago intellectual property litigation and trade secrets partner Mark Halligan provides commentary.

  • Why the U.S. is so Different on Damages?
    Managing Intellectual Property | November 1, 2011

    This article, published as a sidebar, discusses how patent damages are calculated in the United States and how this compares to European countries. The piece is co-authored by Silicon Valley intellectual property partner Bob Krebs and San Francisco intellectual property partner Ron Lopez.

  • Search is on for Incentives to Spark Pediatric Drug R&D
    BioWorld Financial Watch | October 17, 2011

    This article discusses what is needed to increase development of drugs and biologics to treat rare pediatric diseases. Washington, DC, Patents counsel Mary Webster provides commentary.

  • Developments in Joint Infringement Law
    Law 360 | September 28, 2011

    This article, co-authored by Chicago patents partner Paul Kitch and Chicago Intellectual Property Litigation associate Jason Kunze, discusses the need for companies to be aware of the potential defenses available if accused of patent infringement.

  • Patent Bar Split on Impact of New Law
    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | September 26, 2011

    This article discusses the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act signed by President Obama and the reactions among attorneys across the state. Boston Intellectual Property Litigation partner John Gutkoski provides commentary.

  • Legal Briefs: Nixon Peabody Adds IP Lawyers
    Boston Business Journal | September 16, 2011

    The coverage highlights the arrival of Boston Intellectual Property Ligation partner John Gutkoski and counsel Michelle Flores, who joined the firm from Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Nixon Peabody Expands Boston Team With Foley IP Attys
    Law 360 | September 13, 2011

    This feature article highlights the arrival of Boston Intellectual Property Litigation partner John Gutkoski and counsel Michelle Flores.

  • Career Tracker: Lawyers on the Move
    Reuters | September 12, 2011

    In this column noting legal industry moves and promotions, Boston Intellectual Property Litigation partner John Gutkoski and counsel Michelle Flores are included for their recent arrival at the firm.

  • Time for Reform: Inventors should get what they invent
    Rochester Business Journal | September 1, 2011

    This “Viewpoint” column, authored by Rochester intellectual property partner Rich Rochford, discusses the need for inventors to be protected by patent reform.

  • The Ninth Circuit Tries to Clarify the Murky Law of Copyright Preemption
    BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal | August 26, 2011
    This contributed article, co-authored by San Francisco Intellectual Property partner Rob Weikert and San Francisco Commercial Litigation counsel John Chatowski, discusses a Ninth Circuit ruling on copyright preemption, which suggests that it might expand both the rights of authors and screenwriters and the liability of studies and publishers of copyrighted works.
  • Defining Jurisdiction—CollegeSource and Mavrix
    Law 360 | August 25, 2011

    This contributed article, co-authored by San Francisco Intellectual Property partner Rob Weikert and San Francisco Commercial Litigation counsel John Chatowski, discusses a pair of recent Ninth Circuit cases decisions that clarify the circumstances whereby an out-of-state company operating a website may be subject to personal jurisdiction in California intellectual property cases.

  • Biotech Sizes Up Federal Circuit Ruling in Myriad Case
    BioWorld Today | August 2, 2011

    This feature article discusses the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruling finding that isolated DNA and complementary DNA (cDNA) can be patented, but striking down method claims for a process that compares and analyzes nucleotide sequences because the method did not involve a “transformative” step. Washington, DC, patents counsel Mary Webster provides commentary.

  • Trademark Holders Eye New Domains
    The Recorder | July 22, 2011
    This feature article addresses the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) plans to increase the number of domain name endings. San Francisco Brands & Creations partner Marlene Williams provides commentary.
  • Supreme Court Decision on Patent for HIV Test Unlikely to Set Major Precedent
    Nature Medicine | July 1, 2011
    This coverage discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision holding that the Bayh-Dole Act does not automatically vest the ownership of inventions supported by federally funded research in the related institutions and does not trump inventors’ assignment agreements. Boston partner and patents practice co-leader David Resnick provides commentary in the piece.
  • Eeny, Meeny, Miny, MOVE!—Taking the Guess Work Out of Selecting from the Plethora of Accelerated Patent Prosecution Options
    BNAs Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal | July 1, 2011
    This article discusses the mechanisms available for accelerating examination. The article is coauthored by Chicago patents partner Paul Kitch.
  • Eeny, Meeny, Miny, MOVE!—Taking the Guess Work Out of Selecting from the Plethora of Accelerated Patent Prosecution Options
    BNAs Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal | July 1, 2011
    This article discusses the mechanisms available for accelerating examination. The article is coauthored by Washington, DC, patents counsel Mary Webster.
  • Eeny, Meeny, Miny, MOVE!—Taking the Guess Work Out of Selecting from the Plethora of Accelerated Patent Prosecution Options
    BNAs Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal | July 1, 2011
    This article discusses the mechanisms available for accelerating examination. The article is coauthored by Chicago intellectual property associate Jason Kunze.
  • Eeny, Meeny, Miny, MOVE!—Taking the Guess Work Out of Selecting from the Plethora of Accelerated Patent Prosecution Options
    BNAs Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal | July 1, 2011
    This article discusses the mechanisms available for accelerating examination. The article is coauthored by Silicon Valley intellectual property associate Christopher Ogden.
  • Human Capital: People on the Move
    Boston Business Journal | June 13, 2011
    In this column noting executive moves and promotions, Boston Brands & Creations counsel Carol Peters is included for her arrival at the firm.
  • High Court Limits Universities’ Claims to Intellectual Property
    BioWorld Today | June 8, 2011
    This feature story discusses the Supreme Court’s decision finding that, under the Bayh-Dole Act, federal funding of research does not automatically void an inventor’s patent rights in favor of the federal contractor. Washington, DC, patents counsel Mary Webster provides commentary.
  • Northern District Court Tabbed for Patent Pilot Program
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | June 8, 2011
    This feature article discusses the Northern District of Illinois’ plans to take part in a 10-year pilot project aimed at making district judges more proficient at handling patent cases. Chicago Intellectual Property partner Janet Garetto provides commentary.
  • Court Tightens Standards in Patent Fraud Cases
    BioWorld Today | May 31, 2011
    This coverage discusses an appellate court ruling on inequitable conduct and its impact on standards in patent fraud cases. Washington, DC, Patents counsel Mary Webster provides commentary.
  • Following Follow-On Biologics Legislation
    Law 360 | May 31, 2011
    This contributed article, authored by Boston Patents associate Shayne Huff, discusses the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA).
  • Garetto to Lead Chicago IP Law Association
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | May 23, 2011
    This feature story highlights Chicago Intellectual Property partner Janet Garetto, who has been named president of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC).
  • Nixon Peabody Snags Knobbe Martens IP Pro
    Law 360 | May 17, 2011
    This feature story highlights the arrival of San Francisco Brands & Creations partner Marlene Williams.
  • Auctioning the Cure
    Nature Medicine | May 5, 2011
    This feature discusses the new model of companies attempting to sell medical patents at live auctions and explores if this model will work. Rochester Intellectual Property partner Peter Durant provides third-party commentary.
  • Closing Argument: Reflections on a ‘trade secret’ career
    Chicago Lawyer | May 1, 2011
    This column, authored by Chicago Intellectual Property partner Mark Halligan, discusses the evolution of trade secrets.

Ideas

Even "antiquated" contract may include e-book publishing rights
Intellectual Property Alert | April 2, 2014

Webinar Recording: Trade Secrets Trends Impacting the Insurance Industry
Originally recorded March 18, 2014 | March 24, 2014

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Mass expansion of Internet domain names is coming: brands need to be ready
Intellectual Property Alert | March 21, 2014

New patent-eligible subject matter guidelines announced
Intellectual Property Law Alert | March 12, 2014

What will happen when your foreign IP licensor becomes insolvent?
Bankruptcy Alert | March 3, 2014

Personalized medicine patent watch
Intellectual Property Law Alert | February 27, 2014

Court dismisses copyright infringement claims over Google Books based on fair use defense
Intellectual Property Alert | November 21, 2013

New intellectual property regulation requires scramble to protect marks in Ethiopia
Africa Alert | October 16, 2013

Personalized Medicine Patent Watch - June 2013
Intellectual Property Alert | June 12, 2013

Nixon Peabody obtains dismissal of videogame trademark claims based on First Amendment defense
Intellectual Property Alert | May 13, 2013

Supreme Court rules that the "first sale" doctrine applies to the sale in the United States of a work lawfully obtained abroad
Intellectual Property Alert | April 4, 2013

Nike succeeds in dodging alleged trademark infringer's counterclaim for invalidity
Intellectual Property Alert | January 11, 2013

3D printing: new "disruptive technology" raises serious intellectual property questions
Intellectual Property Alert | December 3, 2012

Victory of OEM product manufacturer in Guangdong courts sheds additional light on OEM trademark infringement litigation
Intellectual Property Alert | November 16, 2012

Recent complaint highlights role of copyright in protecting health care information, protocols, and products
Intellectual Property Alert | November 2, 2012

Personalized Medicine Patent Watch
Intellectual Property Alert | October 31, 2012

President Obama signs bill clarifying applicability of federal registration defense in dilution actions
Intellectual Property Alert | October 11, 2012

Federal circuit holds an assertion of induced infringement does not require proof of underlying direct infringement by a single party
Intellectual Property Alert | September 10, 2012

Although the statute of limitations had not yet run, Ninth Circuit affirms dismissal of Raging Bull copyright case on laches grounds
Intellectual Property Alert | September 6, 2012

Fashion designer Christian Louboutin "wins" and "loses" after the Second Circuit partially reverses trademark ruling
Intellectual Property Alert | September 6, 2012

Ninth Circuit rejects fair use defense in reversing decision in favor of gossip magazine's publication of private celebrity photographs
Intellectual Property Alert | August 15, 2012

Court refuses to enjoin provider of service allowing users to access "live" copyrighted television broadcasts over the internet
Intellectual Property Alert | July 19, 2012

The developing legacy of Prometheus: new interim guidelines for patent eligible subject matter
Intellectual Property Alert | July 16, 2012

How abstract is too abstract for a patent?
Intellectual Property Alert | July 10, 2012

Personalized Medicine Patent Watch Update
Intellectual Property Alert | July 9, 2012

Federal Circuit holds the objective prong of the willful infringement analysis is a question of law to be reviewed de novo
Intellectual Property Alert | June 26, 2012

Webinar Recording: Marketing Your Products and Services Without Losing Your IP
Originally recorded June 14, 2012 | June 19, 2012

South Park creators prevail in copyright infringement action based on fair use defense
Intellectual Property Alert | June 7, 2012

Omega appeals a finding of copyright misuse to the Ninth Circuit
Intellectual Property Alert | June 6, 2012

Former Village People lead singer wins right to terminate copyright grants
Intellectual Property Alert | May 10, 2012

Supreme Court unanimously holds § 145 to allow admission of new evidence and de novo review of BPAI decisions by the District of Columbia
Intellectual Property Alert | April 23, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments on whether the "first sale" doctrine applies to works manufactured outside of the United States
Intellectual Property Alert | April 20, 2012

Fourth Circuit rejects use of functionality doctrine as a defense to trademark infringement based on alleged infringer's use of the mark
Intellectual Property Alert | April 18, 2012

The Ninth Circuit limits the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
Intellectual Property Alert | April 17, 2012

Webinar Recording: Trade Secret Protection in the Baseball Analytics Field
Originally recorded April 9, 2012 | April 11, 2012

Webinar Recording: Surviving Mayo v. Prometheus
Originally recorded April 10, 2012 | April 11, 2012

ANYWEAR or ANYWEAR? Trademark Trial and Appeal Board allows registration of mark that would otherwise be confusingly similar to senior user's registered mark due to applicant's prior registration
Intellectual Property Alert | April 10, 2012

Second Circuit construes key language of the Section 512(c) "safe harbor" provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Intellectual Property Alert | April 9, 2012

Second Circuit affirms award of attorney's fees where a trademark owner elected to recover statutory damages in a counterfeiting case
Intellectual Property Alert | April 2, 2012

Fifth Circuit allows claims asserting abuse of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act ("ACPA") by a trademark owner
Intellectual Property Alert | March 27, 2012

Divided en banc Federal Circuit: only new or amended claims in reexamination give rise to intervening rights
Intellectual Property Alert | March 19, 2012

Federal Circuit holds res judicata bars new action after reexam, but not infringing actions or device modifications occurring after the previous complaint
Intellectual Property Alert | March 16, 2012

Federal Circuit avoids "murky morass" of Section 101 jurisprudence, proceeds directly to Sections 102 and 103
Intellectual Property Alert | March 7, 2012

Are e-books a "new use" for purposes of pre-digital era publishing contracts?
Intellectual Property Alert | February 29, 2012

Claims to investment tool too "abstract" to be patent eligible under 35 USC § 101
Intellectual Property Alert | February 28, 2012

Crafting personalized medicine IP protection—walking the thin line between patent eligibility and enforcement
Intellectual Property Alert | January 10, 2012

USPTO announces: fast-track patent processing available after the filing of an RCE
Intellectual Property Alert | December 21, 2011

Federal Circuit grants mandamus, transfers patent case against Delaware company out of Delaware
Intellectual Property Alert | December 9, 2011

First true induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) patent issued by the USPTO
Intellectual Property Alert | November 2, 2011

Federal Circuit affirms International Trade Commission order in trade secrets case based on misappropriation of trade secrets in China
Trade Secrets Alert | October 14, 2011

Webinar Recording: Trade Secrets: Your Secret Weapon Under Patent Reform
October 13, 2011

New Legislation Introduced to Establish Federal Cause of Action for Trade Secrets Theft
Trade Secrets Alert | October 11, 2011

U.S. Supreme Court to decide important copyright case involving foreign works in the public domain
Intellectual Property Alert | October 5, 2011

Ninth Circuit Affirms Judgment for Apple in Software Copyright Infringement Case; Rejects Defendant's "Copyright Misuse" Defense
Intellectual Property Alert | October 4, 2011

Webinar Recording: Top 5 Things You Need to Know about Patent Reform
September 30, 2011

First Circuit Reverses Order Reducing Damages Award in Music File-sharing Copyright Infringement Case; Avoids Constitutional Questions
Intellectual Property Alert | September 26, 2011

Joint Infringement—Potential Defense Available to Companies Accused of Patent Infringement
Intellectual Property Alert | September 23, 2011

Trade secret assets: prior user rights expanded under the America Invents Act
Trade Secrets Alert | September 15, 2011

Ninth Circuit Gives Partial Victory to Louis Vuitton in Contributory Copyright and Trademark Infringement Case
Intellectual Property Alert | September 15, 2011

Patent Reform Primer: Changes to the Grace Period
Intellectual Property Alert | September 15, 2011

Federal Circuit reduces patentable subject matter for insurance industry patents
Intellectual Property Alert | September 14, 2011

The Ninth Circuit Tries to Clarify the Murky Law of Copyright Preemption
August 26, 2011

Ninth Circuit clarifies jurisdiction rules in intellectual property cases brought against out-of-state companies operating on the Internet
Intellectual Property Alert | August 16, 2011

Preamble Defines Field of Invention in Foreseeable Alternative Analysis
August 15, 2011

Seeing red: NY court refuses to enforce single color trademark for shoe design
Intellectual Property Alert | August 15, 2011

Winning in the Court of Public Opinion: Brand Protection in High Exposure Litigation
August 12, 2011

The export control implications of cloud computing
Export Controls Alert | August 4, 2011

First Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) Patent Approved by the EPO
Intellectual Property Alert | August 2, 2011

Federal Circuit issues opinion in ACLU v. Myriad
Intellectual Property Alert | July 29, 2011

Patent reform primer
Changes to the grace period

Intellectual Property Alert | July 14, 2011

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, MOVE!—Taking the Guess Work Out of Selecting from the Plethora of Accelerated Patent Prosecution Options
July 1, 2011

Webinar Recording: Hot Topics in IP Law
June 27, 2011

New .XXX domain name tentatively scheduled to launch September 7, 2011 — clients are advised they may be able to block certain domains to prevent future use
Intellectual Property Alert | June 21, 2011

U.S. PTO Restriction Practice: Personalized medicine claims with SNPs
Intellectual Property Alert | June 13, 2011

Employers (particularly universities): check your invention assignment agreements!
Intellectual Property Alert | June 7, 2011

Webinar Recording: 2011: The Stem Cell Odyssey Continues
June 3, 2011

Therasense decision highlights specific intent requirement for inequitable conduct determinations
Intellectual Property Alert | June 1, 2011

Follow-on Biologics legislation has immediate impact on patent holders
Intellectual Property Alert | May 25, 2011

Protecting personalized medicine innovation in China and India: Are diagnostic methods patentable?
Intellectual Property Alert | May 17, 2011

False advertising decision likely to affect scope of injunctions and jury verdict forms
Advertising Law Alert | April 22, 2011

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February 14, 2014

Nixon Peabody's 11 newly elected partners navigate clients through a range of business issues
February 4, 2014

Patent Law Committee Taps Nixon Peabody's Paul Kitch as Vice-Chair
October 28, 2013

Nixon Peabody wins in court for TV One
October 23, 2013

Nixon Peabody Names New Managing Partner in Los Angeles
October 7, 2013

Nixon Peabody Obtains Dismissal of Videogame Trademark Claims Based on First Amendment Defense
May 15, 2013

Crain's Chicago Business Names Three Nixon Peabody Clients Among the Most Innovative Companies
May 8, 2013

Chambers Recognizes Leading Nixon Peabody Attorneys and Practices
March 14, 2013

Nixon Peabody Elects 13 Attorneys to Partnership
January 14, 2013

New Partner Seth Levy and Three Associates Join Los Angeles Office
May 7, 2012

Nixon Peabody Expands Presence in China Forming Strategic Alliance with Hylands Law Firm
March 13, 2012

Intellectual Property Lawyer and Business Leader to Head Nixon Peabody's Chicago Office
January 23, 2012

Nixon Peabody Advises in $20M Med Device Financing
October 21, 2011

Nixon Peabody Litigation Attorneys Receive High Marks
October 18, 2011

Merck Serono Acquires Multiple Sclerosis Drug
October 13, 2011

Nixon Peabody IP Litigator Coauthors Guide on Developing & Critiquing Trademark Surveys
October 6, 2011

Nixon Peabody Partner Joins Personalized Medicine Coalition Policymaking Body
September 27, 2011

IP Team Joins Nixon Peabody, Growing Firm's Intellectual Property, Patent Litigation, and Life Sciences Practices
September 12, 2011

Chambers Gives High Marks to Nixon Peabody LLP; 47 Attorneys Recognized As Leaders
June 20, 2011

Nixon Peabody Welcomes Trademark and Patent Attorney; Counsel Carol Peters Joins Firm’s Boston Office
June 13, 2011

Nixon Peabody Partner Named President of Chicago Intellectual Property Association; Janet Garetto to Lead 2011-2012 New Officers and Board Members
May 20, 2011

Nixon Peabody Expands Intellectual Property Practice on West Coast; New San Francisco Partner Marlene Williams Focuses on Domestic and International Trademark Protection and Enforcement
May 12, 2011

Nixon Peabody Names New Leadership for Media, Entertainment, and Communication Team; Parisian Partner Arnaud de Senilhes Will Lead Group of Attorneys
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IP Rights: Protect technology and build value for your company
May 6, 2014 | Jericho, NY

Trade Secrets 101
April 2, 2014

Minding the Store: Legal Roundtable for Retailers
March 27, 2014 | San Francisco, CA

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Trade Secret vs. Patent Protection After AIA: Making the Choice
March 26, 2014

Webinar: Trade Secrets Trends Impacting the Insurance Industry
March 18, 2014

Investment Trends in Technology & IP
March 12, 2014 | Boston, MA

Your Most Valuable IP Assets Could Be Secret: Maximizing the Value of Trade Secrets in 2014
March 11, 2014

Trade Secrets 101
January 22, 2014

IP DEFENSE: Silicon Valley 2014
January 21, 2014

Nixon Peabody's 9th Annual All-Day California MCLE Seminar
January 14, 2014 | San Francisco, CA

Trade Secrets: Protecting Your Intellectual Capital and Confidential Business Information
November 4, 2013

Focused Branding: Why it's important for attracting investors
October 15, 2013 | Boston, MA

Licensing Executives Society (LES) 2013 Annual Meeting
September 22, 2013

Trade Secret Management & Monetization Symposium
September 10, 2013 | Chicago, IL

International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) Forum and ExCo
September 5, 2013

NEW DATE: Surviving Myriad
June 20, 2013 | Boston, MA

IP Transaction Trends: Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Value
June 20, 2013 | Chicago, IL

Nixon Peabody's Semi-Annual CLE Program: Buffalo and Rochester
May 30, 2013

Nixon Peabody Sponsoring NU Venture Challenge
May 8, 2013

Implementing the AIA
September 14, 2012 | Boston, MA

IPO Annual Meeting
September 11, 2012

Strafford CLE Webinar: Negotiating Patent Indemnification Provisions
July 17, 2012

Webinar: Marketing Your Products and Services Without Losing Your IP
June 14, 2012

AIA, Damages, Ethics, Oh My! Hot Topics in IP
May 23, 2012 | Chicago, IL

AIPLA 2012 Spring Meeting
May 10, 2012

Webinar: How to Keep Trade Secrets from Walking Out the Door
May 1, 2012

Webinar: Are You the Weakest Link? Making Certain that In-House and Outside Counsel Protect Their Clients' Trade Secrets
April 18, 2012

Webinar: Surviving Mayo v. Prometheus
April 10, 2012

Webinar: Trade Secret Protection in the Baseball Analytics Field
April 9, 2012

License Agreements 101
March 9, 2012

Drafting and Enforcing Noncompetition Agreements and Steps to Take When Key Employees Leave
March 8, 2012 | Rochester, NY

Patent Reform in the U.S.
November 14, 2011

Webinar: Trade Secrets: Your Secret Weapon Under Patent Reform
October 11, 2011

Top Five Things You Need to Know about Patent Reform
October 6, 2011 | Palo Alto, CA

Top Five Things You Need to Know about Patent Reform
September 19, 2011 | Boston, MA

Hot Topics in IP Law (Complimentary CLE)
June 9, 2011

2011: The Stem Cell Odyssey Continues
May 20, 2011

Strategies for Success in French-American Intellectual Property
May 18, 2011

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