Our group is dedicated to providing comprehensive intellectual property legal services with an understanding of clients’ business needs and a personal, interactive relationship.

Overview

Our attorneys understand the critical role intellectual property and technology plays in business. We assist clients in aligning their business goals with strategies for protection of innovations, mitigation of exposure, defense of technology interests, monetization of technology, and leveraging third party technology through licensing and other business arrangements, as well as assisting clients with data security and privacy issues, investigations, and response to breach events. Our team has experience representing clients across a range of technology areas and representing clients in various stages of development, from start-ups to established companies. We match the experience and expertise of our team members to the needs of our clients, to provide customized service in an efficient, value-added manner.

Our patent group spans a variety of engineering and applied sciences disciplines as well as significant applied technical experience. Many of our attorneys have substantial industry experience. Our patent group provides comprehensive patent services, including U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, infringement and patent validity opinions, technology landscaping licensing, due diligence, litigation, maintenance, patent portfolio development and management, and work on patent-related commercial matters.

Our trademark and copyright group provides a full range of services which include brand counseling and trademark strategy, selection and clearance of marks, U.S. and foreign prosecution, and policing and enforcement of marks. Our group regularly collaborates with MVA’s IP litigation team on enforcement matters, ranging from TTAB opposition and cancellation proceedings to infringement litigation in federal courts throughout the country.

Our intellectual property litigation group brings to bear experience in all types of IP disputes and in a variety of technologies and industries. Our litigators have successfully litigated numerous patent, trademark, copyright and technology related suits throughout the United States. While we pride ourselves on our successes in the courtroom, we are just as proud of the creativity that we show in resolving disputes without our clients incurring the cost and disruption that litigation often brings.

Our intellectual property transactional group is involved in a wide variety of IP, technology and commercial transactions. We handle all aspects of buying, selling, and licensing patents and other IP rights. Our experience also includes enterprise license agreements; technology and know-how licenses; joint development agreements; and e-commerce, procurement, distribution, consulting, manufacturing, sponsorship, supply chain, commercial and outsourcing arrangements. We routinely partner with other practice teams at MVA to assist clients with finance and M&A transactions where IP is a key value driver. The attorneys who make up our transactional group have backgrounds in all aspects of IP, technology, e-commerce and commercial matters --  ranging from patent prosecution, IP litigation and business and commercial support -- which makes them uniquely suited to help clients extract maximum value from IP, technology and commercial deals. Our group likewise has a wide range of experience in different technologies and industries, including software, mobile devices, electronics, information technology, financial services, manufacturing, consumer products, textiles, healthcare, and biotechnology.

Our privacy and data security group assists clients in privacy related matters over a wide range of industries, and with a special emphasis in the finance, insurance, e-commerce and health care industries.  The group assist clients with cross border data transfers; data breach prevention and response management; e-Commerce related privacy issues; employment privacy and trade secret matters; BYOD policies; financial privacy; data security compliance and monitoring; health care and HIPAA compliance; privacy and data breach litigation; marketing & advertising; public records/FOIA requests; and compliance with specific privacy and data security laws and industry standards (e.g., CCPA, GDPR, GLBA, NAIC, state insurance privacy laws and regulations, HIPAA, and PCI-DSS, OCC 2013-29, various state data breach notification and data security laws, NYDFS cybersecurity regulations, and others).


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"The team works well together and pulls in subject matter experts on issues as needed," - Chambers, 2021

Ranked Band 2 in the 2021 Chambers and Partners USA guide for North Carolina in Intellectual Property.

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