Intellectual Property

McGuireWoods’ intellectual property lawyers help clients develop, protect and leverage commercially valuable ideas and information, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and other creative assets to advance their business goals. Our intellectual property strength is recognized by prestigious legal guides and clients alike. Chambers USA and U.S. News – Best Lawyers consistently rank our intellectual property practice as top-tier and many of our lawyers are honored individually.

In Chambers USA, the definitive guide to leading lawyers, one client said, “They are a first-rate law firm in all respects.” Clients also praised team members as “phenomenal,” “intelligent, thoughtful and creative” and as “top-notch litigators” who “find a solution when others cannot.” Leading industry and legal publications and media outlets such as Corporate Counsel, E-Commerce Times and Law360 regularly seek out our partners for their insights on IP-related legislative, regulatory and judicial developments.

We provide comprehensive, sophisticated intellectual property solutions — ranging from litigation, prosecution and counseling to licensing and other IP transactions — that help companies and individuals maximize returns from their creative, technological and business endeavors and fend off intellectual property challenges from others. Many of our lawyers hold advanced degrees in engineering and the sciences, allowing us to quickly learn our clients’ technology. We represent clients from virtually every sector of the global economy, including retailers, merchandisers, manufacturers, financial institutions, healthcare providers, insurance companies, telecommunications providers, computer software and hardware providers, advertising agencies and artists.

McGuireWoods’ IP lawyers help clients identify the most effective means of addressing and defending against misappropriation, misuse and theft of IP assets, and we employ a range of dispute resolution tools, including mediation, arbitration and settlement. When litigation is necessary, we have seasoned trial lawyers who know how to fight for clients’ interests, whether defending against unsubstantiated allegations or pursuing claims.

We strategically guide clients through the development and management of their intellectual property portfolios of patents, trademarks and copyrights. Our team also advises on acquisitions and commercialization of these IP assets.