Intellectual Property

Patent Prosecution

Preti Flaherty’s Intellectual Property Group works with clients to develop creative and cost-effective strategies for securing, maintaining, commercializing and enforcing rights in patents and other intellectual property throughout the United States and the world. We represent clients ranging from multinational corporations and major research institutions to start-ups and entrepreneurs, helping them make sensible decisions on intellectual property issues based on our solid understanding of those issues and their business implications. By applying our extensive legal and technical experience to clients’ intellectual property needs, we provide businesses with a competitive edge and help them monetize valuable assets. We regularly help clients with a variety of matters including:

  • Patent prosecution
  • U.S. and international patent applications
  • Assessing protectability
  • Reissue and reexamination proceedings
  • Patent infringement and patent validity studies
  • Advising on portfolio management
  • Patent policies and procedures
  • Negotiation and preparation of IP agreements
  • Patent clearance and freedom-to-operate studies
  • Infringement, validity and ownership issues
  • Patent litigation

Legal and technical know-how

Our team brings decades of experience in both the technical and legal aspects of technology development and IP asset management. Most members of our group hold at least one technical degree and several hold advanced technical degrees. We are especially active in the fields of electronics, mechanics, biotechnology, medical devices, computer systems, software, electro-optics, materials and chemistry. The technical understanding and sophistication of our attorneys allows us to efficiently prepare patent applications in the most complex technologies, and provide strategic and creative solutions to meet a wide range of intellection property needs and objectives.

Firm Highlights

Publication

Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Announces New Nature and Cause of Injury Codes and FAQ for COVID-19

New Nature & Cause of Injury Codes The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has updated the Injury Description Tables that are used by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) to...

News

Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2020 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2020 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

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2020 Employment Law Series: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

For more than 25 years, Preti Flaherty's Employment Law Group has been keeping clients, business partners, and friends up to date on recent developments in employment law. Join us as we continue that tradition...

Press Coverage

6th Circ. Says Auto Parts Co. Can't Arbitrate Price-Fixing Suit

On February 24, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Michigan district court's January 2019 decision that KYB Corp. can't force a suit accusing it of conspiring with other auto parts...

Press Coverage

Maine State Police May Be Spying on You

Police and governments are increasingly turning to new tracking and monitoring methods in their efforts to prevent and record evidence of crimes. A Portland Press Herald investigation examines these expanding law enforcement abilities and the...

Press Coverage

Maine - Waterville Coronavirus Panel Illegally Met in Secret

A Waterville City Council coronavirus subcommittee formed in response to the outbreak has been accused of illegally meeting in secret, denying public access to its deliberations, and making unlawful decisions. Extended Coverage: Virus Concerns Lead to 'Public' Meetings Without...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys: James W. Beers, Jr., and Alan E. Topalian. James joins the Environmental Practice Group as a Director and will work from the...

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NH Gov. Sununu Issues Stay-At-Home Order - Construction Considered Essential Industry

Yesterday, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu issued an emergency order shuttering all non-essential businesses in the state effective today. This morning, the governor's office released a list of...

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EPA Announces Temporary Relaxation of Certain Environmental Compliance and Monitoring Obligations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Citing potential worker shortages and social distancing and travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday, March 26, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would exercise enforcement discretion and temporarily...

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Attorney Betsy E. Wakefield Joins Preti Flaherty’s Business Law Group

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Betsy E. Wakefield has joined the firm. Betsy will practice with the Business Law Group from the firm’s Portland office, where she will be counseling banking and...