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. 

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US Supreme Court Rules Copyright Owners Have No Right To Sue Until Their Copyright Has Been Registered

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Supreme Court Confirms That A Confidential Or "Secret" Sale Of An Invention Can Invalidate A Later Patent

With Helsinn decision, the Supreme Court confirms that the sale of an invention to a third party may preclude patent protection, even if the third party is required to keep the invention confidential. Read more »

Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop - Lessons from Zappos' Data Breach

Businesses must have processes in place to safeguard customer data or may be liable to customers in the event of a data breach. This is true even if customers experience no identify theft because of t... Read more »

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