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Intellectual Property & Emerging Technologies

The risks and the opportunities associated with IP have never been greater. In today's highly-integrated and fast-paced global economy, innovation is a key economic driver that requires protection at every stage. A failure to identify, protect and take maximum advantage of IP can mean the difference between a celebrated success and a rapid business failure.

The IP & Emerging Technologies practice is dedicated to helping our clients excel in the global innovation economy. With offices strategically located near the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Northern Virginia, on nearby K Street in Washington, DC's golden triangle between the White House and the US Capitol, on Wall Street in the financial district of New York City, and throughout South Florida, the practice has an international reach.

With the firm's acquisition of Litman Law in 2012, a 30 year old international IP firm based in Northern Virginia, Richard Litman formed this practice group and became the Practice Group Leader. Supported by a team of patent attorneys and agents, technical specialists, patent illustrators, client service managers and administrative professionals, as well as attorneys and other professionals that handle trademark, copyright and other matters relating to IP and Emerging Technologies, this practice serves clients on every continent in the world.

The practice handles a wide spectrum of IP and technology law matters domestically and internationally. Our vast practical experience extends beyond identifying and protecting IP rights. From helping the university seeking to develop and protect rights in its research to transfer to industry, to organizing multinational collaborative relationships to conduct research and develop technologies of global value, to providing strategic IP representation to entrepreneurial founders of innovation based enterprises or technology innovators bootstrapping a startup company, our team of IP professionals offers the unique combination of business sophistication with technical knowledge and experience.

The IP & Emerging Technologies Practice has an experienced team of patent professionals headed by former USPTO Director Richard J. Apley. This American Patent Services® team includes many former U.S. patent examiners and experienced patent professionals. We conduct patent research, prepare patent applications and handle the prosecution of these applications at the USPTO. Our staff  is experienced at fast-tracking applications and using the Interview Before First Action program to handle the government review efficiently with face-to-face meetings with examiners. Over the years the practice has conducted more than 30,000 patent searches and has obtained more than 5,000 U.S. patents for clients.  We also handle international patent applications and patent filings outside of the U.S., using the rapidly evolving Patent Prosecution Highway to help clients accelerate patent filings throughout the world.

We also have decades of experience in handling trademarks and copyrights. We conduct trademark searches and handle U.S. trademark registrations as well as Madrid Protocol and non-U.S. trademark applications. Similarly, we handle copyright registrations and related services. We handle litigation and business matters involving trademarks and copyrights, as well as patents. The IP & Emerging Technologies Practice works closely with other practice groups. Together with the Business Litigation Practice Group, we handle IP litigation in the USPTO, the courts, the International Trade Commission and in other forums. The Corporate Practice Group works with us on sophisticated business formation, finance and IP transactional matters. The Government Law and Lobbying Group works with us on a variety of matters ranging from international trade and customs representation, to helping clients secure funding for innovation based projects.

Name Title Phone V-Card Email Office
Richard J. Apley Patent Agent, Chief Patent Officer 703-412-1000 Northern Virginia
Warren S. Edmonds Patent Agent 703-412-1000 Northern Virginia
Oliver Edwards, VI Of Counsel 212.599.3322 New York
Edward G. Favors Patent Agent 703-412-1000 Northern Virginia
Remmon R. Fordé Patent Agent 703-412-1000 Northern Virginia
Charles K. Friedman Patent Attorney 703-412-1000 Northern Virginia
JanPaul Guzman Patent Attorney Northern Virginia
Laba Karki, Ph.D. Patent Attorney 703-412-1000 Northern Virginia
Walter E. Kubitz Senior Attorney 703-412-1000 Northern Virginia
James "Nick" Lafave Attorney 703-412-1000 Northern Virginia
Richard C. Litman Practice Group Leader, IP & Emerging Technologies 703.412.1000 Washington, DC
Robert B. Lyons Managing Patent Attorney 703-412-1000 Northern Virginia
Alfred H. Muratori Patent Agent 703-412-1000 Northern Virginia
Morgan D. Rosenberg Technical Writer 703-412-1000 Northern Virginia
Nahied Usman Senior Patent Attorney 703.412.1000 Northern Virginia
Bryan C. Wallace Of Counsel 703-412-1000 Northern Virginia