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 WC Appellate Division Addresses Refusal of Suitable Work and Notice

The Maine Workers' Compensation Appellate Division recently addressed cases dealing with refusal of suitable work and notice. Both decisions rely heavily on the specific facts of each case. In the context of a refusal...

Event

Tony Manhart and Jason Howe Present Top Ten Construction Contract Tips for ABC of Maine

As part of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Maine Contractor Series, Preti Flaherty attorneys Tony Manhart and Jason Howe will present the Top Ten tips for AIA contracts. ABC is a national association with 72...

Press Coverage

Bangor superintendent blocked BDN reporter on Twitter after critical news coverage

In an apparent violation of the First Amendment, Bangor schools superintendent Betsy Webb temporarily blocked a journalist on Twitter following a report that news of a student suicide was announced over the loudspeaker at...

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Bankruptcy Alert: Significant Implications of the New Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019

Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) On August 23, 2019, President Trump signed the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) (the “SBRA”) into law.  Lenders should be aware of the...

News

Preti Flaherty Attorney Benjamin S. Piper Promoted to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named attorney Benjamin S. Piper as a partner. Ben is a member of the firm's Environmental, Litigation, and Media Law Practice Groups and works...

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Maine WC Alert: MAE Unit Publishes Guidance on Compliance with Recent Amendments

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board’s Monitoring, Audit & Enforcement Unit has issued a document to provide guidance on complying with certain recent amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act in P.L. 2019, c. 344 (LD...

Event

Ken Rubinstein to Present at Boston Bar Association Brown Bag Lunch

2019 AIA A133 CM at Risk with a Guaranteed Maximum Price – Updates You Should Be Aware Of Ken Rubinstein will present an update on the provisions and implications of the new AIA form...

Publication

Maine WC Alert: Updated Version of Notice of Controversy (WCB-9) Must Be Used Effective February 1, 2020

Following the recent statutory changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has updated the language in Box 22 of the Notice of Controversy. This new version should be used as...

News

David B. Van Slyke Named Preti Flaherty Managing Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that, in a unanimous vote, the firm’s partnership has elected attorney David B. Van Slyke as its incoming Managing Partner. David is one of the preeminent environmental lawyers...

News

Preti Flaherty Welcomes Government Relations Liaison Andrew I. Roth-Wells to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Andrew I. Roth-Wells has joined the firm as a Government Relations Liaison. Andrew will help manage legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts for the firm’s Government Affairs Team...