Overview

Unique assets, processes and brand value are catalysts for business differentiation and drive competitive advantage in the marketplace. Protecting your intellectual property requires experience, depth and sophistication— hallmarks of Bond’s Intellectual Property Practice.

Drawing on cutting-edge technical knowledge, and educational and industry credentials, our attorneys have amassed a considerable track record in helping clients obtain hundreds of patents and trademarks in recent years. We have also successfully litigated high-stakes IP cases in the areas of patent and trademark infringement actions and unfair competition and trade secret litigation.

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We understand that our clients rely on the power of their trademarks and brand to communicate the unique quality and distinctiveness of their services. Our experience in preparing trademark opinions, and in filing, prosecuting and maintaining both U.S. and foreign trademark applications and registrations is demonstrated by the number of trademark matters we handle. Currently, we are managing over 2,000 active trademark files in countries around the world. 

Our intellectual property attorneys follow the life of a mark from selection, clearance, prosecution, and maintenance to portfolio management, trademark audits, licensing, watch services, and litigation. 

We regularly assist on freedom-to-operate and clearance studies and opinions, as well as infringement and validity studies and opinions.

We handle complex, high-stakes technology cases involving patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and unfair-competition matters. Our attorneys have litigated IP cases in courts nationwide including federal courts in Delaware, Illinois and Texas, and the International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.

We routinely handle patent and trademark protection proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. We also work internationally through our network of associates and the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

Patent prosecution is a core practice area for our Intellectual Property team. We house 11 Registered Patent Attorneys who hold various Bachelor of Science degrees and several who hold PhDs or Masters degrees. In the past several years, we have helped our clients obtain hundreds of patents.

We usually file patent applications within 30-60 days from receiving an invention disclosure, although the timing depends on inventor availability and feedback. We closely monitor the bandwidth of the Intellectual Property team so that we have sufficient capacity to complete each patent application in a timely manner. We are also very proactive in seeking inventor input and have been praised by our clients for the speed in which we are able to get patent applications on file with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

We represent patent holders and third-party requesters in both inter partes review and ex parte reexaminations. We handle all procedural aspects of post-grant proceedings and advise clients on litigation strategies involving such proceedings.

For clients in the commercial, academic, nonprofit and government sectors, we negotiate and draft protection for IP rights including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright and technology know-how. We also advise clients on IP employment and IP consulting agreements.

All too often, companies react to trade secret theft and competitive threats due to employee departures, rather than position for it. Under these circumstances, they are faced with no choice but to engage in costly litigation.

Our Trade Secret Protection Audit assists companies in identifying critical intangible assets and guides the development of procedures, contract language, employment and non-disclosure agreements designed to protect them. Undertaken periodically, audits are able to help companies anticipate possible threats and reduce the areas of risk most often encountered in the course of conducting business. In performing this due diligence, our attorneys may also call upon other professionals in connection with the evaluation and testing of protocols related to the protection of computer data.

See the link below for more information on the Trade Secret Protection Audit.

In addition to the audit, our capabilities include:

  • Cease & Desist Letters
  • Computer & Information Use Policies
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Departure/Exit Protocols
  • Employment Agreements
  • Fraud & Security Audits
  • Invention Assignment Agreements
  • Non-compete Agreements
  • Non-disclosure Agreements
  • Restrictive Covenant Agreements
  • Technology Use Agreements
  • Trade Secret Theft Claims
  • Trade Secret Litigation 

Click here to view Bond's Trade Secret Protection Audit brochure.