Find Lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia for Patent Law
Jason Cooper is a co-coordinator of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Area, with emphasis in mechanical, manufacturing and medical device technologies. Mr. Cooper manages patent portfolios of various domestic and international clients and helps monetize those portfolios. He counsels clients in avoiding the infringement of patents of others and opines with regard to infringement and/or validity of individual patents, or advises on strategy for avoiding the patent portfolios of ot...
Charlie Henn concentrates his practice in the area of intellectual property litigation, including cases involving trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets. Mr. Henn is listed in the 2009 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Intellectual Property Litigation (Georgia) and Sports law (Nationwide). He was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2010 for Intellectual Property Law. LawyersUSA named Mr. Henn one of six "Lawyers of the Year" nationally for ...
With a background in mechanical engineering and industry experience with aerospace systems integration projects, Chris Lightner practices in Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property – Mechanical Patents Team. Chris focuses his practice on patent solicitation and counseling, as well as on IP-driven due diligence efforts, licensing agreements, confidentiality considerations, and patent brokerage agreements. Chris prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications for wide...
Bill Long is a Litigation Partner in the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice at Dentons, focusing on patent and other intellectual property and technology-related disputes. Bill has tried and arbitrated numerous cases involving a wide range of technology and intellectual property issues. Bill has served as lead counsel in patent litigation involving a wide range of intellectual property and technology issues, including, for example, patent disputes involving computer software and ...
Jason Rosenberg, a partner in the Atlanta office, is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property-Trademark & Copyright Group. Jason focuses his practice on trademark, copyright and advertising enforcement, litigation and counseling, as well as adversarial matters before the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Jason’s clients call upon his experience to help them protect some of the most famous brands in the world, and he has successfully re...
Sumner Rosenberg is Of Counsel in the law firm of Mercer Thompson LLC since 2013, and has specialized for over thirty-five years in all aspects of intellectual property law. His current focus is on licensing and counseling regarding patents, copyrights, trade secrets and trademarks. His initial law practice, when he began in 1976, also included environmental law and utility law including nuclear regulatory work, as well as construction contracting on nuclear and coal power plants. In 1969, be...
Areas of Concentration Negotiation of complex content agreements with record companies, music publishing companies, music publishing rights organizations, motion picture studios, television networks, and various independent content providers and aggregators, and related strategic counseling (including with respect to electronic sell-through, subscription, streaming, ad-supported, mobile and other cutting-edge business models) Negotiation of all varieties of agreements with musical composition...
Steven S. Sidman is a deeply experienced, highly regarded transactional attorney dealing in the business of pop culture. His practice focuses on the modern entertainment, food & beverage/hospitality and lifestyle/branding industries. For 25 years, Steve has provided sophisticated, insightful, front-line legal advice and business affairs counsel to highly creative talent and high-profile individuals and corporate entities, along with their various entrepreneurial ventures. His clients have...
David Stewart is head of the firm’s Trademark & Copyright Group. He concentrates his practice on trademark, copyright, trade secret and advertising litigation and counseling. Mr. Stewart is featured in the International Edition of Who’s Who Trademarks and Super Lawyers magazine. He is also listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America . Mr. Stewart received an A.B. degree in English literature from Wabash College in 1985, ...
Kathryn Wade focuses her practice on intellectual property law. Dr. Wade has experience in domestic and foreign patent prosecution, particularly in the areas of biotechnology, disease treatment and diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, and biomedical devices. She also has experience drafting opinions on patentability, invalidity, and non-infringement issues. Dr. Wade has provided intellectual property counsel to a variety of clients, ranging from start-up life sciences companies, to universities, to ...
Patent Law Definition
A patent is a contract between an inventor and the government. The inventor provides a complete description of the invention to the public in an application for patent. This benefits the public by providing knowledge of the invention for use as a foundation for additional innovation. In return, if the invention is new (as compared to everything known to the public prior to the invention), a patent is issued. This patent gives the inventor a right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the patented invention throughout the United States, and from importing the invention into the United States, for the life of the patent, usually 20 years from filing.
Grant of a patent does NOT itself give an inventor a right to exploit the patented invention – it only gives the inventor a right to exclude others from practicing the invention. For example, if an inventor makes an improvement to a previously patented machine, and gets a patent, the inventor can prevent the owner of the original patent from using the improvement. However, the inventor may not be able to exploit the improvement itself, at least until the original patent expires, because such exploitation might infringe that original patent.
Title 35 of the United States Code (the “Patent Statutes”) set forth the standards and procedures for obtaining patents. Patents are granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), an agency of the Department of Commerce.
The following items are patentable under these statutes:
- Processes: new methods of doing something
- Machines: engines, machinery, instruments, gadgets, etc.
- Articles of manufacture: circuits, tools, structures made of metal, plastics, ceramics, etc.
- Compositions of matter: new pharmaceuticals, chemical compounds, naturally occurring substances when substantially purified, DNA sequences, biological materials, e.g. bacteria, viruses, proteins and protein fragments, monoclonal antibodies, epitopes, and vectors.
- Improvements in any of the above
- Living organisms: genetically altered plants and animals.
- Computer programs: alone and in conjunction with other equipment.
- Business methods: methods for doing business, but not those solely directed to patenting abstract ideas.
- Designs: ornamental aspects of articles of manufacture.
- Non-patentable items include: nebulous concepts or ideas, laws of nature (e.g., gravity), mathematical algorithms alone (but computer-implemented mathematical algorithms producing a concrete, useful, and tangible result are patentable subject matter), and purely mental processes.
A key element to effective patent protection is writing patent claims that define the invention as broadly as possible, but without overlapping prior art that could make the patent invalid. This is generally best done by someone with skill and experience in patent practice, so consulting with a patent attorney is a wise choice.
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