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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

We handle the full breadth of IP issues faced by clients worldwide.

Thompson Coburn’s Intellectual Property practice group is focused on counseling businesses—including nonprofits such as universities—with respect to their intellectual property and information technology needs.

With our guidance, clients can establish, protect and enhance the value of their IP portfolios. Our client roster is diverse, ranging from start-up ventures to established industry leaders. We provide legal services relating to patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret protection, as well as Internet and new media, e-commerce, software licensing, unfair competition and false advertising. We also have experience in all aspects of the emerging technology spectrum. We litigate IP matters in courts throughout the country and before governmental agencies. Our mission is to give our intellectual property clients the highest quality, most responsive and most cost-effective legal counsel possible.

Many of our IP attorneys have advanced degrees, scientific research experience and practical business experience in advanced technology industries—backgrounds that enable them to understand and appreciate the significance of technical innovations quickly and to focus on satisfying the clients’ legal needs.

Publications

Supreme Court heralds tectonic shift in venue selection for patent suits

USPTO launches new proof of use audit program

The shifting standard for IPR estoppel: Where are we now?

In new litigation, Amazon takes a stronger stance on counterfeit products

What U.S. companies need to know about their IP rights post-Brexit

Fashion industry awash in copyright lawsuits: What you can do

Court preserves GM’s copyright claims against Autel and its VP

New changes to U.S. design patent law

Electronic waste rules could help thwart flow of counterfeit parts

USPTO publishes new (and largely improved) guidance for subject matter eligibility

Final really does mean final in the Federal Circuit

The AIA: Reviewing the first year of Inter Partes Review

Federal Circuit rules objective prong of willful infringement best decided by judge

Supreme Court comments on patentable subject matter in Prometheus decision

Acceptable specimens are key to strong trademark protection

TC helps establish precedent on reexamination estoppel

America Invents Act – Patent ‘reform’ but possibly not simplification

Divorce and IP: Untying the knot may tie up patent rights

Blog Posts

News aggregators – Link, don’t replace, your sources

Will a court recognize ‘aerosol artists’?

Creative Commons in Action – Applying non-commercial and derivative work provisions

Photographer hits retailer over photo of player hitting Joey Bats

When good copyright laws go bad: Indictment lays out porn ‘trolling’ scheme

University patents now immune to inter partes review: Will business come calling?

Copyright Office changes procedures for DMCA agent designations

9th Circuit opens door to damages against retailers carrying infringing works

Trump Skittles tweet illustrates photo copyright hazards

How to combat the risks of impersonation emails, imitative domains

TCLE

Survival Tools to Protect Biotechnological Innovation

Cloud Computing 101- How It Works, What Are Its Risks and What Are Its Rewards

How Your Company Can Better Respond to Patent Cease and Desist Letters

IP 101

TC Rewind: 2013 - Building Brand Integrity and Countering Counterfeits

Building Brand Integrity and Countering Counterfeits

Intellectual Property: IP 101

News

Kevin Kercher wins Volunteer Service Award from AUTM

Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners for 2017

A stitch in time: Thompson Coburn secures trademark protection for iconic Cherry Dress

Thompson Coburn named among top 30 law firms for client service

Intellectual property litigator Brian G. Arnold joins Thompson Coburn

Agribusiness professionals enjoy hands-on farm simulation at Thompson Coburn

126 Thompson Coburn attorneys included in 2017 Best Lawyers® list

Thompson Coburn leads Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council to $600,000 jury verdict

23 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2016 Chambers USA

New Thompson Coburn blog In Focus covers photo copyright cases

Associates, patent agent join Thompson Coburn in Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis

Securing global trademark protections for PowerBar

Congratulations to our 8 ‘Lawyers of the Year’

Betsy Haanes co-authors article on obviousness-type double patenting

IT news site interviews Matt Braunel on patent infringement litigation

Mark Sableman and Jennifer Visintine help educate documentary filmmakers

Steve Garlock quoted in front-page Wall Street Journal story on FURminator’s patent successes

Senator Kit Bond to kick off Missouri Technology Expo

Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6380

Hadi represents clients in trademark, copyright, advertising and unfair competition litigation.

Hadi represents clients in trademark, copyright, advertising and unfair com...

Hadi Al-Shathir
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 2510

Brian is a litigator who assists companies across a wide variety of industries assert their intellectual property rights and defend against accusations of infringement in...

Brian is a litigator who assists companies across a wide variety of industr...

Brian Arnold
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6033

Addressing the patent needs of both large corporate clients and individuals, Thad has worked extensively on patent protection issues for a variety of industries, includin...

Addressing the patent needs of both large corporate clients and individuals...

Thad Blenke
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6030

Tony's practice encompasses a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patents, copyrights, trademarks and other issues involving the internet.

Tony's practice encompasses a broad range of intellectual property matters,...

Anthony Blum
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6106

Matt litigates all forms of intellectual property.

Matt litigates all forms of intellectual property.

Matt Braunel
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6377

Ed serves as a key tax advisor to companies embarking on any type of corporate restructuring, from acquisitions and dispositions to spinoffs and management changes.

Ed serves as a key tax advisor to companies embarking on any type of corpor...

Ed Buchholz
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6909

For more than 30 years, Jim has provided intellectual property counseling, communications, and government relations support to the information technology industry.

For more than 30 years, Jim has provided intellectual property counseling, ...

Jim Burger
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6570

Katie's practice encompasses a broad spectrum of patent and trademark litigation, trademark prosecution, and business litigation, including product liability and other as...

Katie's practice encompasses a broad spectrum of patent and trademark litig...

Katie Colvin
Senior Patent Agent
St. Louis
314 552 6348

Wendy focuses her work with firm clients on patent prosecution in biotechnology and life sciences, especially in the fields of plant genetics and plant biochemistry.

Wendy focuses her work with firm clients on patent prosecution in biotechno...

Wendy Davis, Ph.D.
Technical Advisor
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6973

With experience both in scientific research and in academic technology transfer, Susan assists in the drafting and prosecuting of patent applications as a Technical Advis...

With experience both in scientific research and in academic technology tran...

Susan Faust, Ph.D.
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6528

Chip's practice focuses on the representation of individuals, universities, and national and international companies in commercial transactions and counseling involving t...

Chip's practice focuses on the representation of individuals, universities,...

Chip Fendell
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6038

A Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, Dean has extensive first chair trial experience, limiting his practice to intellectual property and commercial lit...

A Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, Dean has extensive ...

Dean Franklin
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6146

Steve has successfully litigated a wide variety of matters for more than 25 years, the last 10 of which have focused on intellectual property.

Steve has successfully litigated a wide variety of matters for more than 25...

Steve Garlock
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6216

Rob, an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property practice, has a mechanical engineering background, with work experience in analyzing engineering drawings and prepar...

Rob, an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property practice, has a mecha...

Rob Gerlach
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6920

Betsy offers 20 years of legal experience and 10 years as a professional researcher to firm clients, especially those in the life sciences industries.

Betsy offers 20 years of legal experience and 10 years as a professional re...

Betsy Haanes, Ph.D.
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6299

Matt’s practice is focused on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in a variety of mechanical and electrical arts.

Matt’s practice is focused on the preparation and prosecution of patent app...

Matt Himich
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6512

Wil has a PhD in cellular and molecular biology and experience as research scientist working for a major biotechnology company.

Wil has a PhD in cellular and molecular biology and experience as research ...

Wil Holtz, Ph.D.
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6485

Benjamin is a corporate advisor and business strategist for a wide variety of privately-held businesses, manufacturers, financial institutions, and nonprofits.

Benjamin is a corporate advisor and business strategist for a wide variety ...

Benjamin Hulsey
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6304

David represents clients in a variety of intellectual property disputes, including patent prosecution, trademark, non-infringement and freedom to operate opinions.

David represents clients in a variety of intellectual property disputes, in...

David Jinkins
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2247

Rob is a pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor who guides companies through major transactions as well as provides comprehensive advice on their day-to-day operations and ...

Rob is a pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor who guides companies through ...

Rob Kamensky
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6345

Kevin’s practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, trade secrets and related areas.

Kevin’s practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, includ...

Kevin Kercher
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6076

Jared has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology of Medicine that provides him with extensive knowledge in a number of scientific areas including biochemistry, immunology, and m...

Jared has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology of Medicine that provides him wit...

Jared Manse, Ph.D.
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6429

Jeff is a litigator and ag insider who works with the country's largest agribusinesses to develop effective litigation strategies on a national and global scale.

Jeff is a litigator and ag insider who works with the country's largest agr...

Jeff Masson
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6595

Sartouk is an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property practice area.

Sartouk is an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property practice area.

Sartouk Moussavi
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6084

Rick's litigation practice includes a wide range of matters, with emphasis in product liability, commercial litigation and maritime matters.

Rick's litigation practice includes a wide range of matters, with emphasis ...

Rick Mueller
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6227

Justin’s practice is dedicated primarily to litigating a wide range of intellectual property matters, including copyright, trademark, and patent infringement and unfair c...

Justin’s practice is dedicated primarily to litigating a wide range of inte...

Justin Mulligan
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6547

Jonathan's practice includes nearly every aspect of intellectual property litigation.

Jonathan's practice includes nearly every aspect of intellectual property l...

Jonathan Musch
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6086

Jack tries complex cases involving intellectual property, product liability and commercial issues before various state and federal courts.

Jack tries complex cases involving intellectual property, product liability...

Jack Musgrave
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6077

Shoko provides intellectual property counseling to both domestic and international companies, with focus on IP portfolio management, enforcement, trademark selection, bra...

Shoko provides intellectual property counseling to both domestic and intern...

Shoko Naruo
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6149

Mike focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and over the course of his legal career has compiled substantial first-chair jury trial experience.

Mike focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and over the ...

Mike Nepple
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6977

Jeff's practice focuses extensively on all aspects of government contracts, federal and state procurement, and administrative law and litigation.

Jeff's practice focuses extensively on all aspects of government contracts,...

Jeff Newman
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6284

Alan represents clients in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, with a strong emphasis on patent litigation at both the trial and appellate court levels, and ...

Alan represents clients in all aspects of intellectual property litigation,...

Alan Norman
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2237

Michael counsels clients on patent and trademark issues and represents them in federal courts across the United States.

Michael counsels clients on patent and trademark issues and represents them...

Michael Parks
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6185

Carl has represented corporations in high-stakes litigation on a regional and national basis for over 25 years.

Carl has represented corporations in high-stakes litigation on a regional a...

Carl Pesce
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6331

Tom provides strategic intellectual property counseling to some of the world's largest consumer products companies, with a focus on IP portfolio management, licensing and...

Tom provides strategic intellectual property counseling to some of the worl...

Tom Polcyn
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6232

Steve advises clients on domestic and international patent applications and provides comprehensive counsel on licensing and technology transfer.

Steve advises clients on domestic and international patent applications and...

Steve Ritchey
Senior Patent Agent
St. Louis
314 552 6255

Charley draws on his 14 years of biotech industry experience and doctorate in biochemistry to serve clients in the biotech industry and university sectors.

Charley draws on his 14 years of biotech industry experience and docto...

Charley Romano, Ph.D.
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2224

Diane helps life sciences companies develop new products and bring them to market while proactively addressing the regulatory land mines that can delay or destroy the pat...

Diane helps life sciences companies develop new products and bring them to ...

Diane Romza-Kutz
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6100

Carl is a first-chair trial lawyer whose cases and verdicts have been covered by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, The New York Times

Carl is a first-chair trial lawyer whose cases and verdicts have been cover...

Carl Rowley
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6103

Mark's practice focuses on facilitating clients' communications, in media, marketing and business.

Mark's practice focuses on facilitating clients' communications, in media, ...

Mark Sableman
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6291

Jason's practice is centered on technology with an emphasis on cybersecurity breach response and software and intellectual property licensing.

Jason's practice is centered on technology with an emphasis on cybersecurit...

Jason Schwent, CIPP/US
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6338

Clyde prepares and prosecutes patent applications in mechanical and electromechanical arts.

Clyde prepares and prosecutes patent applications in mechanical and electro...

Clyde Smith
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6580

Jennifer is a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property and Media Law practice groups.

Jennifer is a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property and Media Law pra...

Jennifer Visintine
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6352

Ben brings a background in electrical and computer engineering to his legal practice, which primarily focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications.

Ben brings a background in electrical and computer engineering to his legal...

Ben Volk, Jr.
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9451

Sam focuses his practice tightly on trademark and related intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on designing and implementing efficient brand protection stra...

Sam focuses his practice tightly on trademark and related intellectual prop...

Sam Watkins
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6293

With a mechanical engineering background, experience as a researcher in 3D printing and significant experience as an intellectual property attorney, Clayton brings techni...

With a mechanical engineering background, experience as a researcher in 3D ...

Clayton Zak