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Intellectual Property

Overview

Intellectual property is a key asset in any industry. Schwabe offers a full arsenal of offensive and defensive tactics for clients who seek to secure and exploit it.

Comprehensive IP services

We are one of the largest intellectual property practices in the Pacific Northwest, and one of the few firms in the region to offer patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, copyright prosecution, IP litigation, and IP transactional and licensing services.

Deep industry knowledge

Our strong industry focus helps us understand the competitive landscape and the important details that make our clients' innovations unique. Many of us worked in-house for years before coming to Schwabe, gaining a deep appreciation for business realities and goals.

 

 

"Michael Cohen is a respected IP adviser, with a practice focus on trademark management and protection. He is also active in handling copyright protection and anticounterfeiting mandates.
"Michael is very practical, very business-minded and able to get you what you need efficiently.""Michael approaches issues with judgment, thoroughness and seriousness, while maintaining good humor and outlook to help carry the team through."

"Nika Aldrich is recommended for his expertise in representing clients in litigation arising out of patent infringement, especially with regard to computer hardware and software.
"He is a well-regarded IP litigator and will dig in and fight.""Nika is certainly a very smart attorney."

"Scott Eads is extremely well regarded for his experience handling large patent portfolios and patent infringements mandates. He is particularly esteemed for his work in the life sciences and technology industries, and has experience representing clients before the district courts as well as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board."

"Scott Eads is a phenomenal lawyer and extremely pleasant to work with.Scott is seasoned, solid, prepared and a solid professional."

"Steven Prewitt is well versed in advising on corporate IP strategy, managing trademark portfolios and providing counsel in relation to patent infringements. He is particularly recognized for his in-depth experience in utility and design patents."

Chambers USA, 2022

Experience

  • Handle domestic and international trademark clearance, enforcement and portfolio management for Benchmade Knife Company. Provide counsel on anti-counterfeiting, product endorsement and sponsorship agreements, and domestic and international distribution agreements.
  • Assisted Coast Products in protecting designs, inventions and trademarks against competitors in the sporting goods (sporting knife and LED lighting) industry.
  • Defended BowTech Archery in patent infringement litigation over a resilient coating and cam designs used on its bows.
  • Worked with Warn Industries, Inc. to pursue infringers of the utility and design patents covering its hand-held pulling tool, the PullzAll, in China, Germany, Australia and the United States as well as through actions sent regarding infringements occurring on the Internet.
  • Represented US Natural Resources (USNR) in suing ex-employees for patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract when those ex-employees started their own business and took advantage of confidential knowledge and trade secrets to steal customers. This matter was important to USNR as a way to communicate that it would enforce its patent portfolio and its rights against ex-employees in Canada and the United States in an industry where employees move regularly between competing companies.
  • Brought Section 337 action at the International Trade Commission to enforce a major manufacturer and distributor of specialty gardening supplies' patent and trademark portfolio against a bevy of infringers that produced and sold knockoffs of its horticultural lighting products; action alleges patent infringement, trademark infringement and false advertising.
  • Represent Columbia Sportswear Company in litigation against Seirus Innovative Accessories for infringement of two of Columbia’s utility patents and one design patent covering its innovative Omni-Heat® Reflective fabric, one of Columbia's signature technologies for its outerwear products.
  • Represented Sierra Media in case challenging the definition of trade secrets under Oregon law when departing employee tried to take clients from former employer. 
  • Represented a nuclear power technology company in its purchase of patent rights from a university, for a relatively large international patent portfolio that ‎we drafted and prosecuted. 
  • Drive and implement corporate IP strategy for Blount International through regular discussion on new product ‎development and resulting IP, IP landscape analysis and navigation, litigation issue analysis, guidance and avoidance, partnering/development agreements, process improvement and other projects. 
  • Guided RevMedx through the process to obtain its first patent on X-Stat (a device that can instantly plug up bullet wounds to prevent victims from bleeding out before medical help arrives), named an Invention of the Year by Popular Science. The work continues toward global protection for numerous products to be launched by RevMedx.
  • Provide strategic counsel for DWFritz Automation on patent and trademark preparation/prosecution, commercial ‎contracts, and strategic guidance. We have been assisting in internally ‎developing and nurturing a startup venture with the intent to create a new spin-out entity.‎

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The Americas + The Middle East & Africa
2022

Recognized by Chamber's and Partners as a leading IP law firm in Oregon for seven years running.

 

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"The firm is extremely responsive and aligned with client goals and practical needs."

"It is a very thorough and knowledgeable team."

"When there is a challenge coming up, it may seem like it's only IP-related, but there is a business element to it too. They do a good job at getting the right people to advise us on all elements of the matters."

The team is "very efficient and professional. They can help us fix our issues with less time and expense."

The firm has been a great partner for us. I appreciate their responsiveness, communication, quality of work and efficiency. I’m confident they understand our business priorities and tailor their advice accordingly.”

excellent, sensible, practical advice” and “their understanding of the international landscape for IP.”

Chambers & Partners USA, client highlights