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

Press Coverage

Maine Newspapers Challenge Rule Concealing Electronic Court Records

A Maine court committee in December established a 90-day blackout period rule on public access to newly filed electronic court records, a move which has been challenged by Maine's newspapers as a violation of the First Amendment. Paper...

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Changing Control in the Time of COVID: Navigating ‘Change of Ownership’ Prior to PPP Loan Satisfaction.

The Hypothetical Everyone loves a hypothetical, right? So let’s begin with one about Billy Builder: Billy Builder holds 55% of the equity in a construction business he founded way back when the fax machine...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision Regarding Statute of Limitations in Coordination of Benefits

Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision in Charest v. Hydraulic Hose Dealing with Unique Statute of Limitations Issue in the Context of the Coordination of Benefits On March 30, 2021, the Law Court issued a...

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Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...

Event

Never Say Goodbye: Employee Performance Reviews, Terminations, and Alternatives

Laura Rideout and Dottie Chalmers Cutter, VP of Operations at Chalmers Insurance Group will present on employee performance reviews, terminations, and alternatives as a part of the Institute for Family Owned Business Legal Lunch...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 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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From Augusta: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

On March 13, 2020, Maine Senate President Troy Jackson and Speaker of the House Sara Gideon issued a joint statement to the 129th Maine Legislature signifying their intention to suspend the remainder of the...

Press Coverage

Sabattus Family's Bat Woes Prompt Bill To Force Real Estate Pest Disclosure

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From Concord: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, all legislative activities in the state of New Hampshire, with a couple of exceptions, will be handled remotely. Several employment-related bills will be considered and voted on during this...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Appellate Division Affirms Decision Involving Gradual Injury That First Manifested at Home, Not at Work

In Thomas v. United Ambulance , United Ambulance appealed a Decision (Goodnough, ALJ) granting Thomas’s Petition for Award and granting in part his Petition for Payment. United Ambulance argued that the ALJ erred in...