We Know Technology
Intellectual property law firms are tasked with shaping your IP law strategies. At Munck Wilson Mandala, we represent clients around the world, protecting their ideas, inventions, and businesses. Because we understand your technology, we are better equipped to understand your IP law challenges, work with your management and inventors, and help you protect your intellectual property.
Our attorneys have diverse and distinguished technical backgrounds. We are fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, Spanish, and other languages. We have several IP attorneys who have been working together for 17 years or longer. As a team, we have a combined 900+ years of technical and engineering experience.
In addition to representing some of the more well-known names in technology, our intellectual property law firm also represents smaller companies who have disputes over patent infringement and trade secret matters.
With more than 40 registered patent attorneys, we have one of the strongest patent prosecution teams in the southern United States. We prepare and prosecute utility and design patent applications across a full spectrum of technologies, including wired and wireless telecommunications, medical device, software, hardware, and pharmaceuticals. Our highly regarded intellectual property law legal team has wide-ranging technical backgrounds, with advanced degrees in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry and molecular biology.
The registration of copyrights allows for easier prosecution of infringement claims and facilitates the sale, transfer, and licensing of copyrights. Our intellectual property law firm works to secure new copyright registrations, protect existing copyrights, and assist in legal agreements for business transactions involving copyright law. Our copyright lawyers work with our trial lawyers to enforce our clients’ copyrights and to defend our clients against infringement claims.
Trademarks, patents, copyrights and trade secrets are important assets and often possess significant value. Managing an IP portfolio is vital to creating and maintaining a business’ niche within a market. We counsel clients around the world in intellectual property matters, including the registration of trademarks and copyrights, the prosecution of patent applications, and the protection of trade secrets.
Intellectual Property Audits
Auditing intellectual property assets allows businesses to view their competitive standing in the market and can help pinpoint multiple, often significant, additional revenue streams from your IP portfolio, such as opportunities to license or sell IP rights. An IP audit involves a comprehensive review of your IP assets and the role of each individual asset in your company’s business.
IP Due Diligence
If you are contemplating a commercial transaction, you need to have a thorough understanding of the value and risks associated with the transfer of your intangible assets. In an acquisition, IP due diligence can enable a buyer to make an appropriate offer, negotiate a lower price, or cancel an undesirable deal before it’s too late. A seller can determine whether it can deliver all of the rights the buyer wants to purchase, remedy chain of title issues, strengthen its IP portfolio if necessary, obtain necessary assignments, licenses or transition agreements, and appropriately tailor its representations, warranties and indemnification obligations in the purchase agreement. At a more strategic level, our IP due diligence can help you understand how the applicable IP assets relate to your business objectives, the strength of your portfolio, and the IP positions of competitors. In the IP due diligence arena, our ability to work with the world’s most prominent businesses and law firms as both a peer and a pinch hitter makes us a valuable partner in high-tech matters.
Munck Wilson Mandala has a distinguished nationwide intellectual property (IP) litigation practice. As the editors of Chambers USA wrote, our firm is “especially well known for its expertise in IP disputes.” This expertise comes from our combination of high tech knowledge and experience and exceptional trial skills. By teaming our talented IP lawyers with our accomplished trial lawyers, we deliver focused, strategic, high value representation in a wide range of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition matters. Because we bring years of technology experience to each matter, we are uniquely qualified to understand — and explain to the judge or jury — the complex technical issues involved in patent litigation and other sophisticated IP litigation matters.
Clients call on us in these high stakes, bet-the-company matters because we know how to try — and win — complex cases. We have the knowledge, skill and resources to effectively and efficiently handle any IP dispute, whether we are aggressively enforcing our clients’ IP rights or defending our clients against patent infringement claims Our seasoned trial lawyers have significant experience handling IP disputes in state or federal trial and appellate courts around the country, including in popular venues for patent infringement actions such as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. We also represent clients in state and federal courts of appeal, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. We also represent clients in interference or reexamination proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, in opposition or cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, in domain name proceedings under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy of ICANN or other registry rules, and in proceedings before the Copyright Office or U.S. Customs agencies.
We also know technology. Our attorneys have diverse and distinguished technical backgrounds and business experience. Many of our lawyers have undergraduate training in highly technical fields — with advanced degrees in many cases. A substantial majority of our attorneys have practical work experience prior to law school and are as much business professionals as they are experienced lawyers. Because we understand our clients’ technology and business, we are better equipped to shape their IP litigation strategy, manage litigation in ways that support their business objectives, and work directly with their scientists, programmers and engineers in their particular areas of expertise. Our firm includes attorneys fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Italian, further enabling us to “speak your language.”
While our Dallas headquarters situates our firm in the heart of one of the leading business and technology climates in the country, our office in Marshall, Texas provides us a significant presence in the Eastern District of Texas, one of the country’s premier patent litigation venues.
Munck Wilson Mandala helps you identify and correct holes in the protection of your trade secrets and proprietary information. We recommend and implement cost-effective strategies to identify and safeguard trade secrets and proprietary information through internal policies, training practices and agreements with employees, independent contractors, and other business partners.
Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs)
You Will Benefit From Our Legal Experience And Technical Expertise. Munck Wilson Mandala attorneys are uniquely positioned to assist you with inter partes reviews. We have decades of experience from both ex parte and inter partes reexaminations, administrative trials before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and intellectual property briefings and trials during civil litigation.
Our attorneys have used reexaminations as part of their defense litigation strategy for two decades. We have the advantage of knowing how to frame issues and craft arguments specifically for administrative patent trials.
IP Portfolio Management and Counseling
Trademarks, patents, copyrights and trade secrets are important assets and often possess significant value.
We counsel clients around the world in intellectual property (IP) matters, including the registration of trademarks and copyrights, the prosecution of patent applications, and the protection of trade secrets.
Our portfolio management services are developed in close consultation with you in order to meet your objectives. We assess and monitor the status of your assets in a portfolio, as well as develop strategies to address how your IP rights are — or should be — acquired, exploited, enforced and maintained. We help you identify areas of potential vulnerability and additional revenue opportunities.
We manage large portfolios for clients around the world. Over the years, we have developed an extensive global network of foreign associates that enables us to service the trademark, copyright and patent needs of clients outside the United States.
Our attorneys have the background to address the complexities of technology related transactions. We represent businesses around the world in connection with royalty agreements, content licenses, invention agreements, and confidentiality/non-disclosure agreements.
We also have extensive experience with technology development and transfer agreements, software licensing and distribution arrangements, outsourcing agreements, e-commerce transactions and other contracts that are the lifeblood of technology companies.
The combination of our expertise in technology and intellectual property law and proficiency in transactional work enables us to offer you integrated solutions that provide a strong foundation for your success.
We understand the importance of your brand to your business and your reputation, and we are dedicated to helping you protect these critical assets.
We will guide you through the selection, strength and registrability of trademarks and service marks, the advantages of registration, and the maintenance and exploitation of trademark, trade dress and domain name rights.
With our extensive network of foreign associates and counsel around the world, and our experienced trademark attorneys, we can provide efficient, cost-effective trademark protection for you and manage your trademark portfolios on a global basis.
Our trademark lawyers work closely with our trial lawyers and litigators both to enforce your marks and to defend you against infringement claims. Our team has extensive experience handling trademark, trade dress and domain name disputes. We represent clients in state and federal court, in opposition or cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and in domain name proceedings under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy of ICANN or other registry rules.