Intellectual property

DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice is one of the largest groups of intellectual property (IP) lawyers in the world. Nearly 400 lawyers develop asset management and protection strategies designed to help clients manage risk, continue growth and protect market share around the globe.

We understand the commercial issues and pressures that arise from IP disputes or related negotiations and provide innovative and strategic solutions to deal with them. We provide the strongest cross-jurisdictional support managed either locally, centrally or through a series of regional ‘hub and spoke’ arrangements.

The success of our IP and Technology practice attracts considerable attention. We are ranked as a leading IP team by both Legal 500 and Chambers across Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, and in the US we have been named by the National Law Journal in its prestigious Defense Hot List. These accolades reflect our clients’ confidence in DLA Piper’s leading-edge advice when creating, protecting, managing and extending their IP rights wherever they do business.

When disputes arise, your commercial objectives are our main concern. Whether you turn to litigation, engage in arbitration or mediation or employ some other innovative solution to the problem, our IP and Technology group will represent and support you at every stage. Notably, our highly acclaimed patent litigation team has won 20 out of 23 trials since 2002.

Using cross-disciplinary global teams to help clients with various technologies, our IP experience includes IP litigation as well as representation in areas such as applications, prosecution and filings for patents, trademarks and copyrights. We also advise companies on how best to leverage IP assets into revenue streams through licensing agreements, royalty structures and other dispositions. We undertake IP due diligence and IP audits and have formulated OEM/software licensing and outsourcing agreements for some of the largest companies in the world.

The ability to advise on all aspects of technology law expands the efficiencies and breadth of service for our clients — we offer advice on all related IP matters, such as advertising and promotion law, data security, digital media content, e-commerce/internet transactions and privacy protection. We also help to develop compliance programmes in response to new corporate policies or national and local government regulations, including IP, privacy, or quality control audits.

Wherever you are, and whatever your industry, you need people you can trust to meet your IP business objectives. With DLA Piper, you get the deep IP knowledge more commonly associated with boutique IP firms, along with the global resources and wider commercial perspective of our international practice. Increasingly, these are both essential for staying ahead in this dynamic area.

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