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

Court Rules Portland Rents Are Public Information, Not Trade Secrets

Rental information is public information and not protected from public record requests under the Maine Trade Secrets Act, according to a recent ruling by Justice Thomas R. McKeon of the Maine Business and Consumer Court. The...

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Attorney Shana Solomon Recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly "Top Women of Law" 2022

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that attorney Shana Solomon has been recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as part of the publication’s “Top Women of Law” list for 2022. Shana is a trial lawyer...

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U.S. News – Best Lawyers Ranks Preti Flaherty Among 2023 Best Law Firms

Preti Flaherty has been named among the 2023 Best Law Firms by the U.S. News – Best Lawyers rankings. To be eligible for ranking, a law firm must have at least one attorney named...

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Preti Flaherty Supports Nationally Recognized Investigative Reporting

Preti Flaherty has been recognized for supporting an award-winning investigative Journalism in Maine.  The non-profit  Maine Monitor  published a nationally recognized series titled “Eavesdropping in Maine Jails” revealing widespread recording of  phone calls between jail...

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New EEOC Poster Requirement and Guidance on Notice-Posting in Hybrid Workplaces

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently updated the “EEO is the Law” poster and replaced it with a new one: “ Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal .” The new poster was...

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November 2022 Election Update

Maine State House Most of us who are obsessed with electoral politics expected a tight Gubernatorial race and, if not changes in control of the House or Senate, much closer margins between the majority...

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Courts Could Throw State Marijuana Markets into Disarray

Over the past two decades, 37 states have legalized the production and/or sale of marijuana in some form. However, due to a lack of federal action, interstate commerce is still considered illegal and barred...

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Portland Referenda and Legislative Leadership Update

In addition to all the state and national legislative races that were (mostly) decided by Wednesday morning, there were also 13 referendum questions on the Portland municipal ballot and one in Bar Harbor of...

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Another Reminder to Update Policies and Procedures to Reflect Latest COVID-19 Guidance

We  last updated you in early August  regarding the latest COVID-19 quarantine and isolation guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”).  Cold and flu season is now upon us, and experts are...

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Preti Flaherty Continues Year of Remarkable Growth with Addition of Five New Attorneys

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of five new Associates to the firm: Scott A. DeLong, Christopher S. Knight, Kijana Plenderleith, Harper A. Weissburg, and Joshua D. Williams. In our Portland, Maine, office...