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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

We handle the full breadth of IP issues faced by clients worldwide.

Thompson Coburn’s Intellectual Property practice group is focused on counseling businesses—including nonprofits such as universities—with respect to their intellectual property and information technology needs.

With our guidance, clients can establish, protect and enhance the value of their IP portfolios. Our client roster is diverse, ranging from start-up ventures to established industry leaders. We provide legal services relating to patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret protection, as well as Internet and new media, e-commerce, software licensing, unfair competition and false advertising. We also have experience in all aspects of the emerging technology spectrum. We litigate IP matters in courts throughout the country and before governmental agencies. Our mission is to give our intellectual property clients the highest quality, most responsive and most cost-effective legal counsel possible.

Many of our IP attorneys have advanced degrees, scientific research experience and practical business experience in advanced technology industries—backgrounds that enable them to understand and appreciate the significance of technical innovations quickly and to focus on satisfying the clients’ legal needs.

Blog Posts

Are campaigns running on infringement?

Can social media posts be tortious or criminal?

European Court teaches Internet copyright 101

Mark Sableman speaks at Photography Hall of Fame

Two skyline photo cases, two different results

Are headline and title writers getting too cocky about their IP rights?

Circuit split alert: U.S. Supreme Court to decide key copyright lawsuit precondition

When is a revision of an Internet post treated as a new post?

In infringement, sometimes the little things don’t mean a lot

WHOIS data still headed off the GDPR cliff

Publications

Participate in standard-setting bodies? The enforceability of your patents could be affected

Supreme Court nixes USPTO’s practice of partially instituting IPR challenges

The Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of the IPR process

Could graffiti art prevent your redevelopment project?

PTAB offers clarification on inter partes review and state sovereign immunity

Supreme Court overturns the Federal Circuit, granting more flexibility to biosimilar makers

Supreme Court heralds tectonic shift in venue selection for patent suits

USPTO launches new proof of use audit program

University patents now immune to inter partes review: Will business come calling?

The shifting standard for IPR estoppel: Where are we now?

In new litigation, Amazon takes a stronger stance on counterfeit products

What U.S. companies need to know about their IP rights post-Brexit

Fashion industry awash in copyright lawsuits: What you can do

Court preserves GM’s copyright claims against Autel and its VP

New changes to U.S. design patent law

Electronic waste rules could help thwart flow of counterfeit parts

USPTO publishes new (and largely improved) guidance for subject matter eligibility

Final really does mean final in the Federal Circuit

The AIA: Reviewing the first year of Inter Partes Review

Federal Circuit rules objective prong of willful infringement best decided by judge

Acceptable specimens are key to strong trademark protection

America Invents Act – Patent ‘reform’ but possibly not simplification

TCLE

Cloud Computing 101- How It Works, What Are Its Risks and What Are Its Rewards

IP 101

TC Rewind: 2013 - Building Brand Integrity and Countering Counterfeits

Building Brand Integrity and Countering Counterfeits

News

Back to school: Thompson Coburn kicks off higher education webinar series

Congratulations to our 14 ‘Lawyers of the Year’ for 2019

New Jersey jury awards $11 million to Thompson Coburn client in pet invention dispute

Thompson Coburn attorneys to speak at Digital Hollywood

Geoff Coll and Ed Gray join Thompson Coburn, further expanding the DC office

Unanimous Fourth Circuit victory for Yamaha in products liability action

Thompson Coburn brief provides key underpinning for major 9th Circuit copyright ruling

Sam Watkins named to Most Influential Intellectual Property Attorneys in LA list

Kevin Kercher goes to China to discuss technology transfer

Kevin Kercher wins Volunteer Service Award from AUTM

Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners for 2017

A stitch in time: Thompson Coburn secures trademark protection for iconic Cherry Dress

Thompson Coburn named among top 30 law firms for client service

Agribusiness professionals enjoy hands-on farm simulation at Thompson Coburn

Thompson Coburn leads Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council to $600,000 jury verdict

23 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2016 Chambers USA

New Thompson Coburn blog In Focus covers photo copyright cases

Associates, patent agent join Thompson Coburn in Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis

Congratulations to our 8 ‘Lawyers of the Year’

IT news site interviews Matt Braunel on patent infringement litigation

Mark Sableman and Jennifer Visintine help educate documentary filmmakers

Steve Garlock quoted in front-page Wall Street Journal story on FURminator’s patent successes

Senator Kit Bond to kick off Missouri Technology Expo

Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6380

Hadi represents clients in trademark, copyright, advertising and unfair competition litigation.

Hadi represents clients in trademark, copyright, advertising and unfair com...

Hadi Al-Shathir
Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6091

Robyn is an experienced patent litigator who represents clients in patent, trademark and copyright matters in federal courts and before the United States Patent and Trade...

Robyn is an experienced patent litigator who represents clients in patent, ...

Robyn Ast-Gmoser
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6033

Addressing the patent needs of both large corporate clients and individuals, Thad has worked extensively on patent protection issues for a variety of industries, includin...

Addressing the patent needs of both large corporate clients and individuals...

Thad Blenke
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6030

Tony's practice encompasses a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patents, trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks and other issues involving the intern...

Tony's practice encompasses a broad range of intellectual property matters,...

Anthony Blum
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6106

Matt litigates all forms of intellectual property.

Matt litigates all forms of intellectual property.

Matt Braunel
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6377

Ed serves as a key tax advisor to companies embarking on any type of corporate restructuring, from acquisitions and dispositions to spinoffs and management changes.

Ed serves as a key tax advisor to companies embarking on any type of corpor...

Ed Buchholz
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6909

For more than 30 years, Jim has provided intellectual property counseling, communications, and government relations support to the information technology industry.

For more than 30 years, Jim has provided intellectual property counseling, ...

Jim Burger
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6570

Katie's practice encompasses a broad spectrum of patent and trademark litigation, trademark prosecution, and business litigation, including product liability and other as...

Katie's practice encompasses a broad spectrum of patent and trademark litig...

Katie Colvin
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6514

Matt assists clients in intellectual property matters, including patent, trademark, and copyright disputes.

Matt assists clients in intellectual property matters, including patent, tr...

Matt Davis
Senior Patent Agent
St. Louis
314 552 6348

Wendy focuses her work with Firm clients on patent prosecution in biotechnology and life sciences, especially in the fields of plant genetics and plant biochemistry.

Wendy focuses her work with Firm clients on patent prosecution in biotechno...

Wendy Davis, Ph.D.
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6528

Chip's practice focuses on the representation of individuals, universities, and national and international companies in commercial transactions and counseling involving t...

Chip's practice focuses on the representation of individuals, universities,...

Chip Fendell
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6038

Dean has extensive first chair trial experience, limiting his practice to intellectual property and commercial litigation.

Dean has extensive first chair trial experience, limiting his practice to i...

Dean Franklin
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6146

Steve has successfully litigated a wide variety of matters for more than 25 years, the last 10 of which have focused on intellectual property.

Steve has successfully litigated a wide variety of matters for more than 25...

Steve Garlock
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6967

Ed advocates for his clients across the country focusing on intellectual property, trade secrets, corporate technology, licensing, patent strategy, trademark prosecution,...

Ed advocates for his clients across the country focusing on intellectual pr...

Ed Gray
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6299

Matt’s practice is focused on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in a variety of mechanical and electrical arts.

Matt’s practice is focused on the preparation and prosecution of patent app...

Matt Himich
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6512

Wil has a PhD in cellular and molecular biology and experience as research scientist working for a major biotechnology company.

Wil has a PhD in cellular and molecular biology and experience as research ...

Wil Holtz, Ph.D.
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6485

Benjamin is a corporate advisor and business strategist for a wide variety of privately-held businesses, manufacturers, financial institutions, and nonprofits.

Benjamin is a corporate advisor and business strategist for a wide variety ...

Benjamin Hulsey
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6304

David strategically advises clients in a variety of intellectual property disputes including patent prosecution, IP litigation, Post-Grant Proceedings, trademark, non-inf...

David strategically advises clients in a variety of intellectual property d...

David Jinkins
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2247

Rob is a pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor who guides companies through major transactions as well as provides comprehensive advice on their day-to-day operations and ...

Rob is a pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor who guides companies through ...

Rob Kamensky
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6345

Kevin’s practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, trade secrets and related areas.

Kevin’s practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, includ...

Kevin Kercher
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6076

Jared has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology of Medicine that provides him with extensive knowledge in a number of scientific areas including biochemistry, immunology, and m...

Jared has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology of Medicine that provides him wit...

Jared Manse, Ph.D.
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6429

Jeff is a litigator and ag insider who works with the country's largest agribusinesses to develop effective litigation strategies on a national and global scale.

Jeff is a litigator and ag insider who works with the country's largest agr...

Jeff Masson
Associate
Chicago
312 580 5082

Sartouk is an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property practice area.

Sartouk is an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property practice area.

Sartouk Moussavi
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6084

Rick's litigation practice includes a wide range of matters, with emphasis in product liability, commercial litigation and maritime matters.

Rick's litigation practice includes a wide range of matters, with emphasis ...

Rick Mueller
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6227

Justin’s practice is dedicated primarily to litigating a wide range of intellectual property matters, including copyright, trademark, and patent infringement and unfair c...

Justin’s practice is dedicated primarily to litigating a wide range of inte...

Justin Mulligan
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6547

Jonathan's practice includes nearly every aspect of intellectual property litigation.

Jonathan's practice includes nearly every aspect of intellectual property l...

Jonathan Musch
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6086

Jack tries complex cases involving intellectual property, product liability and commercial issues before various state and federal courts.

Jack tries complex cases involving intellectual property, product liability...

Jack Musgrave
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6077

Shoko provides intellectual property counseling to both domestic and international companies, with focus on IP portfolio management, enforcement, trademark selection, bra...

Shoko provides intellectual property counseling to both domestic and intern...

Shoko Naruo
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6149

Mike focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and over the course of his legal career has compiled substantial first-chair jury trial experience.

Mike focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and over the ...

Mike Nepple
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6977

Jeff's practice focuses extensively on all aspects of government contracts, federal and state procurement, and administrative law and litigation.

Jeff's practice focuses extensively on all aspects of government contracts,...

Jeff Newman
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6284

Alan represents clients in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, with a strong emphasis on patent litigation at both the trial and appellate court levels, and ...

Alan represents clients in all aspects of intellectual property litigation,...

Alan Norman
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2237

Michael counsels clients on patent and trademark issues and represents them in federal courts across the United States.

Michael counsels clients on patent and trademark issues and represents them...

Michael Parks
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6185

Carl has represented corporations in high-stakes litigation on a regional and national basis for over 25 years.

Carl has represented corporations in high-stakes litigation on a regional a...

Carl Pesce
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6331

Tom provides strategic intellectual property counseling to some of the world's largest consumer products companies and service providers, with a focus on IP portfolio man...

Tom provides strategic intellectual property counseling to some of the worl...

Tom Polcyn
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6232

Steve advises clients on domestic and international patent applications and provides comprehensive counsel on licensing and technology transfer.

Steve advises clients on domestic and international patent applications and...

Steve Ritchey
Senior Patent Agent
St. Louis
314 552 6255

Charley draws on his 14 years of biotech industry experience and doctorate in biochemistry to serve clients in the biotech industry and university sectors.

Charley draws on his 14 years of biotech industry experience and docto...

Charley Romano, Ph.D.
Counsel
Chicago
312 580 2224

Diane helps life sciences companies develop new products and bring them to market while proactively addressing the regulatory land mines that can delay or destroy the pat...

Diane helps life sciences companies develop new products and bring them to ...

Diane Romza-Kutz
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6100

Carl is a first-chair trial lawyer whose cases and verdicts have been covered by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, The New York Times, CNN, Bloomberg News, C...

Carl is a first-chair trial lawyer whose cases and verdicts have been cover...

Carl Rowley
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6103

Mark's practice focuses on facilitating clients' communications, in media, marketing and business.

Mark's practice focuses on facilitating clients' communications, in media, ...

Mark Sableman
Patent Agent
St. Louis
314 552 6563

Bradley Thomas is a patent agent in the firm's Intellectual Property practice.

Bradley Thomas is a patent agent in the firm's Intellectual Property practi...

Bradley Thomas
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6580

Jennifer is a partner in the Firm's Intellectual Property and Media Law practice groups.

Jennifer is a partner in the Firm's Intellectual Property and Media Law pra...

Jennifer Visintine
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6352

Ben brings a background in electrical and computer engineering to his legal practice, which primarily focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications.

Ben brings a background in electrical and computer engineering to his legal...

Ben Volk, Jr.
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9451

Sam focuses his practice tightly on trademark and related intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on designing and implementing efficient brand protection stra...

Sam focuses his practice tightly on trademark and related intellectual prop...

Sam Watkins
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6293

With a mechanical engineering background, experience as a researcher in 3D printing and significant experience as an intellectual property attorney, Clayton brings techni...

With a mechanical engineering background, experience as a researcher in 3D ...

Clayton Zak