Intellectual property is often a company’s most valuable asset and failure to protect this vital investment can have devastating consequences. Developing and managing an intellectual property portfolio is the cornerstone of a successful business strategy.

From pharmaceuticals and medical devices, to computer software and technology, to fashion and music, Akerman’s Intellectual Property Practice Group serves clients in all aspects of intellectual property counseling, litigation, licensing, transactions, and due diligence. Our team includes lawyers and patent agents with advanced technical degrees and business experience in disciplines such as electrical engineering, computer science, chemistry, and molecular biology. Our scientific and business backgrounds, coupled with experience gained from past service in the United States Patent & Trademark office, enable us to provide practical strategies for protecting intellectual property value.

We build longstanding relationships with our clients, gaining a deep understanding of their business operations so we can successfully manage, protect, and maximize the value of their intellectual property assets. When disputes arise, we effectively handle all aspects of the litigation, including resolving patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and related contract and antitrust disputes.

Our lawyers serve as business advisors to our clients, providing critical counsel on transactions involving intellectual property. We negotiate licensing and distribution agreements and intellectual property acquisition documents, providing the necessary due diligence to assess the validity and enforceability of intellectual property rights and freedom to operate. We also provide clients with customized on-site training on brand management, policing, and enforcement of their intellectual property rights.

What We Do
  • Patent counseling, prosecution, and litigation
  • Copyright counseling, prosecution, recapture, and litigation
  • Trademark counseling, prosecution, and litigation
  • Intellectual property licensing
  • Intellectual property transactions and due diligence
  • Trade secret protection and enforcement
  • Brand protection, including counterfeit counseling and litigation
  • Trade dress litigation