At a time of vigorous competition for new products, processes and profits across every industry, it is more important than ever to protect the intangible value of ideas. As companies and individuals pioneer new ways to solve challenges and conduct business, their breakthroughs must be fairly attributed and documented. Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren’s Intellectual Property attorneys understand and appreciate this enterprising quality, and that passion for innovation shines through in our counsel.
We work with independent inventors, educational institutions and businesses of all sizes to develop comprehensive solutions and individualized strategies for intellectual property protection. Our attorneys are experienced in securing a range of protection for clients that includes patent, trademark, service mark, domain name, copyright and trade secret protection. We also regularly counsel on intellectual property licensing, technology transfer agreements, trade disputes and intellectual property enforcement.
Reinhart’s Intellectual Property Practice serves businesses across numerous industries, with a particular emphasis on industrial and research-based organizations. Ours is a global practice, representing clients with headquarters in 17 different U.S. states and in many countries around the globe.
Our attorneys are uniquely suited to develop well-rounded approaches to intellectual property protection that provide our clients with creative solutions and integrated strategic planning. Several of our intellectual property attorneys have experience as practicing engineers – many with advanced degrees – informing our perspective on the product development process, including the practicalities of engineering and the design phase. We seek to add value to our counsel by always understanding our client’s business, and we often serve as part of a client’s product review team or participate in strategic planning meetings to better understand their overall product mix.
Reinhart’s Intellectual Property Practice is regularly recognized as among the best in the United States. Most recently, we have been named a 2016 Best Law Firm in Patent Law nationally, and a 2016 Best Law Firm in Patent Law, Patent Litigation and IP Litigation in Wisconsin by U.S. News Media/Best Lawyers.
We also have deep experience handling intellectual property conflicts, and frequently provide counsel on disputes involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition. Reinhart attorneys are adept at finding creative solutions to disputes that protect our client’s interest and secure their rights. It is our goal to avoid intellectual property litigation, and we can often find a resolution before a matter reaches that point. At the same time, our Patent and Intellectual Property Litigation team is fully prepared to handle cases that progress to that point.
Leveraging a multidisciplinary approach to our intellectual property dispute and litigation matters, we frequently collaborate with our Banking and Finance, Corporate Law, International, Labor and Employment, Litigation and Tax practices. Our attorneys efficiently handle cases and seek to always secure the most favorable client outcomes. We litigate in state and federal courts throughout the country, including the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and Trademark Trial Appeal Board in Washington, D.C.
Reinhart’s Intellectual Property Practice includes a dedicated group of registered patent practitioners whose practice focuses on obtaining high quality and strategic patent protection and providing sophisticated patent counseling. Since 2010, Reinhart has filed more than 1,900 patent applications and issued more than 1,700 patents worldwide. Our patent approach includes leveraging the skills of patent attorneys with specialized knowledge in a wide variety of technologies, including: mechanical, electrical, electronic and chemical arts; e-commerce and business methods; biological sciences, biotechnology and pharmacology; and medical devices.
Our patent practitioners also provide counsel on securing corporate patents and intellectual property in the event that an employee leaves an organization to work for a competitor. Without patent protection, copying and reverse engineering new products is entirely legal. To prevent this from happening and to encourage employees to consider patenting important innovations and key technological developments, our practitioners partner with clients to raise patent awareness amongst employees. As a result, new ideas can be patented and competitors can be prevented from copying innovative technology and new products.
Reinhart Shareholder Gordon M. Wright participated in Leadership Rockford’s 63rd class to build stronger business, government, and civic ties to the community.
Fifteen Reinhart attorneys are recognized as 2017 “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USA.
Reinhart welcomes Heidi R. Thole to the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice.
Trump recently signed his “Buy American, Hire American” executive order, which directs federal agencies to develop policy proposals to reform the United States’ guest worker visa program and prioritize the use and acquisition of American-made goods and materials in federal contracts.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that premium processing of all H-1B petitions will be suspended temporarily as of April 3, 2017.
Reinhart hosted a CLE Series geared toward in-house counsel, but applicable to a variety of business professionals. The series included three days of complimentary seminars/webinars presented by Reinhart attorneys.