Intellectual Property

Our lawyers develop creative legal and business strategies designed to protect and maximize the value of our clients' intellectual property assets.

Tailored and Value-Added Approach

Our clients reflect the diverse reach of intellectual property, and range from individual inventors and start-ups to family and closely-held businesses in the middle market to public companies, and include many companies in Silicon Valley’s storied tech sector as well as traditional businesses. 

We regularly represent clients throughout California and the United States.  In addition, because many of our clients have a global reach, we work seamlessly with our international network of foreign attorneys and professionals to deliver services to help our clients achieve their global objectives.  Regardless of size, location or industry, we develop a tailored, value-added approach that our clients appreciate.     

Breadth and Depth

Our IP team helps identify, protect and exploit patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights.  Our focused experience often obtains value from frequently overlooked intellectual property, including know-how, business processes, contract networks, and trade dress.

We offer a full range of intellectual property services, including:

  • Copyright
  • IP Asset Management
  • IP Audits and Due Diligence
  • IP Litigation
  • IP Sales and Transfers
  • Licensing
  • Patent
  • Trade Secret
  • Trademark

Lean Focused Solutions

Getting outstanding results at a great value often boils down to the way an IP transaction or dispute is staffed.  We carefully align staffing with our clients’ needs and the critical issues and unique challenges of a particular matter.  Typically, matters are led by a Hopkins & Carley partner who has deep expertise in the IP issues at hand, and who draws upon experienced IP associates, paralegals and staff as necessary.  We also pride ourselves on teaming efficiently with in-house and outside resources. 

Important Update to the Territorial Reach of U.S. Trademark Protections

In its decision released on 29 June 2023, the United States Supreme Court unanimously held that U.S. trademark protections under the Lanham Act are not extraterritorial. Read more »

Spring Cleaning for Your Company's Intellectual Property and Privacy Practices

Although Spring "sprung" a month ago, it is still a good time for Spring Cleaning for certain intellectual property and privacy matters. Here is a short to-do list for Spring 2022. Read more »

Are You Compliant with All Data Privacy Laws?

Every organization collects, stores, uses and discloses personal data. As companies across the board rely more heavily on data to provide, maintain and improve their services, stricter requirements fo... Read more »

California Superior Court Upholds Creditor's Security Interest In Cannabis Business Assets, Including Cannabis Licenses

In a lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Santa Clara, KLA Daylight LLC v. GWS Health, et al., the Superior Court ruled a creditor's security interest in th... Read more »

Time to Act! June 17, 2019: Madrid Protocol Amendments to Canada Trademark Law Take Effect

To effect the transition to the Madrid Treaty protocol, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) will shut down its electronic filing service from June 13 to June 17, 2019 after which new amen... Read more »

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