In today’s information-intensive business environment, intellectual property assets are a significant component of any company’s overall portfolio. The experienced lawyers of McGuireWoods’ national intellectual property practice help clients develop, protect and exploit commercially valuable ideas and information, including patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. As the use of social media as a business tool continues to grow, we also advise clients on advertising and sweepstakes, website audits and content review, data privacy, and licensing issues.
Our intellectual property strength is recognized by rating agencies and clients alike. For example, the chair of our intellectual property practice was recently named “Virginia Litigator of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation. In an interview about our practice with Chambers USA, one of our clients said, “They are a first-rate law firm in all respects.” Further, our partners are regularly sought after by leading industry and legal publications and media outlets such as Corporate Counsel, E-Commerce Times and TV5MONDE (a television station dedicated to the French-speaking community worldwide) for their insights on IP-related legislative, regulatory and judicial developments.
Our intellectual property practice marries the talents of the firm’s corporate and litigation lawyers. Working together and with attorneys from the firm’s core practice areas — including healthcare, labor and employment, private equity and tax, among others — we provide comprehensive, sophisticated solutions that help individuals and companies maximize returns from their creative, technological and business endeavors.
We represent clients from virtually every sector of the global economy, including retailers, merchandisers, real estate developers, manufacturers, financial institutions, healthcare providers, insurance companies, telecommunications providers, importers, computer software developers, computer hardware retailers, advertising agencies, artists, and restaurants.
The fast pace of intellectual property development and dissemination increases the likelihood of disputes — and the importance of resolving matters quickly and efficiently, before the window of maximum profitability has closed. We work with clients to identify the most effective means of addressing misappropriation, misuse and theft of IP assets, and employ a broad range of dispute resolution tools, including mediation, arbitration and settlement. When litigation is necessary, we are prepared to bring the full weight of our trial talent and firm resources to bear on behalf of our clients’ interests, whether in pursuit of claims or in defense of unsubstantiated allegations.