Practice Areas

Intellectual Property

Patents

In the increasingly competitive global economy, a technological edge is more important than ever. Companies must aggressively protect the value of their inventions and their proprietary information. Patents are vital elements of these efforts. An increasing part of the value of goods and services being sold today lies in the owners’ rights relating to their invention and design. These intellectual property rights must be maintained and protected at home and abroad.

We assist our clients in the protection of their intellectual property by obtaining patents in the United States and around the world. Our patent prosecution practice spans the full spectrum of technologies. Our areas of expertise and the partners in charge are:

  • Electrical engineering, telecommunications, Internet, computers, electronics, software and optics (Leon R. Turkevich)
  • Mechanical engineering, emphasizing electric power generation, automotive and medical equipment, and design applications (Edward J. Stemberger)
  • Chemicals, chemical engineering, polymeric and plastic products, pharmaceuticals, metal alloy products, batteries, power production and machinery, laminates, optical products and ceramics (Jeffrey S. Melcher)
  • Chemistry, biochemistry, agro-sciences, chemical engineering, pesticides, polymers, batteries, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology (Paul White)

We assist our clients in nemerous aspects of patent protection, including:

  • Patent prosecution (utility and design) before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Appeals to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences
  • Reexamination and reissue applications
  • Patentability, validity and infringement opinions
  • Negotiation and licensing
  • Confidentiality and proprietary information transfer agreements
  • International patent protection and strategy

Trademarks

In today’s competitive business environment, companies must distinguish themselves and their products or services from those of their competitors. “Brand equity” is often high on the list of corporate assets. The establishment and maintenance of trademarks and service marks are essential elements of competitive strategies. Non-traditional trademarks and service marks, such as “trade dress,” are becoming more pervasive and are being protected by the courts. At the same time, trademark disputes are multiplying because of developments such as the growth of international business and the Internet.

Manelli Selter has an extensive practice in all aspects of trademark law. Stuart E. Benson leads our trademark practice. We assist U.S. and foreign clients in their U.S. and international trademark matters. Our trademark expertise, international experience and knowledge of the Internet enable us to provide effective assistance to clients in the global protection of their rights, including:

  • Selection, availability and use of trademarks, including screening and clearance searches
  • Registration of U.S. trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Maintenance of trademarks, vigilance against infringement and protection against abandonment of trademarks
  • Opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board
  • Internet issues and controversies, including domain names and trademark infringement by Web sites, and registration of Internet-related trademarks
  • Recordation of trademarks with the U.S. Customs Service for protection against infringing imports
  • Seizure of counterfeit goods in the United States
  • Litigation of trademark controversies in U.S. courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission (under Section 337)
  • Counseling on rights available under international agreements such as the Paris Convention, Trademark Law Treaty, the WTO and the NAFTA
  • International registration and protection through our network of foreign trademark agents and attorneys

Our lawyers are active in the International Trademark Association (INTA). We have lectured on many trademark and other intellectual property issues.

Copyright

  • Counseling
  • Licensing

Manelli Selter lawyers have counseled clients on copyright matters involving software, entertainment and how to protect new technologies through copyright. We have advised clients in the motion picture, radio and television broadcast, cable TV and Yellow Pages industries, and have negotiated and drafted numerous broadcast licensing agreements, music concert performance agreements, and talent-related contracts.

Internet

  • Web site hosting agreements
  • Web site design agreements
  • Licensing rights for Internet exploitation
  • Trademarks
  • Internet-technology patents

The Internet is giving rise to challenging legal issues. Many of them involve intellectual property rights. Trademark disputes have arisen not only with “cyberpirates,” but also between innocent parties whose valid trademarks and service marks have collided over the Internet. The protection of copyrights on works published on the Internet is a major concern. Issues have also arisen regarding trade secrets and patents on Internet technology.

Lawyers at Manelli Selter have extensive experience in protecting intellectual property rights on the Internet. Stuart E. Benson advises on Internet trademark matters, including domain name disputes, other Internet infringement issues, and registration of domain names as trademarks. Leon R. Turkevich has extensive experience in Internet-related patents.

Litigation

  • Judicial
  • Administrative

The firm’s attorneys have litigated intellectual property issues in a broad range of industries and technologies before virtually every type of judicial and regulatory tribunal. The team combines for over 40 years of patent litigation experience in cases involving the electronic, chemical and mechanical arts before the federal district courts, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. International Trade Commission in intellectual property-based unfair imports investigations. Stuart E. Benson has litigated both common law and registered trademarks in consumer products, foods and pharmaceuticals in the courts and the ITC.

Licensing

  • Patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets
  • Internet

The firm’s licensing experience covers all aspects of intellectual property licensing, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Members of the firm have negotiated and prepared numerous licenses, both inbound and outbound, on behalf of both licensors and licensees – always seeking optimal commercialization while maintaining adequate protection of IP rights. We have experience in negotiating and drafting Internet agreements, including web design and hosting agreements.