Fellers Snider

Intellectual Property

The Fellers Snider Intellectual Property ("IP") Group combines the personalized attention and expertise typical of a boutique with all of the advantages of a full-service general practice law firm.  Our attorneys are some of the best in the state and region (in 2010, we had more lawyers in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Intellectual Property than any other firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma).   Responsiveness to our clients is our hallmark.

Our firm's clients benefit not only from the special training, education and experience of the Group's lawyers, but also from the fact that our client's intellectual property needs can be fully met by Oklahoma counsel providing services of the highest quality at rates significantly less than those charged by firms located in regional financial centers.

Whether the need is for intellectual property prosecution, counseling, or litigation, our practice group members are well positioned to help you manage any aspect of your IP portfolio.

PATENTS
The foundation of our practice is patent prosecution with an emphasis on obtaining high quality, enforceable domestic and international patents.  Our attorneys have the legal skills and technical expertise to prepare patent applications covering virtually any subject matter.  In addition to having scientific or technical undergraduate degrees, our registered patent attorneys include lawyers who have graduate degrees and/or extensive industry experience.  Among the technology areas where our attorneys have demonstrable expertise are:

  • Electrical processes and systems; signal processing; telecommunications; wireless protocols; motors and controllers.
  • Computer hardware and software; networks; data storage including magnetic, optical, RAID; Internet protocols; ASICs; processors.
  • Chemicals and related processes; pharmaceuticals; biotechnology; oil and gas refining and processing; catalysts; nanotechnologies.
  • All manner of simple and complex mechanical devices; machines; tools; medical/surgical instruments; sporting goods; oil field equipment.

The Group's domestic patent practice is supplemented by considerable experience in procuring international patents.  We have obtained patent registrations for clients in over 100 countries throughout the world including the Americas, Europe, Russia and the Far East.

TRADEMARKS
The IP Group maintains an active trademark practice.  It has been our experience that careful selection and protection of trademarks can provide a tremendous business advantage. The Group is well versed in trademark selection, domestic and international registration procurement, prosecution, branding issues, trademark oppositions and cancellation proceedings, and the enforcement of trademark rights.

COPYRIGHTS AND UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES
Our attorneys are also well versed in copyright matters and are available to assist our clients in obtaining registrations, negotiating licenses, preparing assignments and work-for-hire agreements, and enforcing copyrights for software, literature, music, etc.  Additionally, our attorneys have handled numerous matters involving unfair trade practices including confidentiality, unfair competition, Lanham Act, trade disparagement and trade name issues. 

TRADE SECRETS
Trade secrets often remain unrecognized as assets of a company until a problem occurs.  In fact, trade secrets can be a company's most valuable IP and can include processes, formulas, customer lists, business methods, marketing plans, etc.  Our attorneys are available to help clients with all aspects of trade secret protection and exploitation including counseling, preparation of employment, nondisclosure and licensing agreements and, if necessary, litigation to enforce our client’s rights.

TECHNOLOGY LICENSING AND TRANSACTIONS
We assist our clients by helping them establish corporate IP protection programs, create of employment agreements, perform intellectual property audits and due diligence, and assist in the acquisition and transfer of all types of intellectual property rights.  Our attorneys also help structure acquisitions, development and license agreements, and enforcing rights in computer-based innovations.

E-COMMERCE
As our clients rely more frequently on the Internet they have encountered opportunities and problems that may not have existed even a few years ago.  We provide our clients with counseling in aspects of Internet-based business including domain name issues, trademark issues, dilution and disparagement, copyright issues and web site terms of use.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION
To protect and enforce our client's rights, the IP Group takes full advantage of its practice group members’ extensive experience in litigating IP matters.  From the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the United States Supreme Court, the Group's attorneys have provided excellent cost effective representation in all manner of intellectual property cases including patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition. 

The IP Group has represented clients as lead counsel in IP litigation across the country including representation in United States District Courts in the states of Oklahoma, Texas, New York, California, Delaware, Virginia, Washington State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Louisiana, Kansas and Maryland, among others.

Our Group has extensive experience in all aspects of patent and non-patent IP litigation.  With respect to the complexities of patent litigation, our clients appreciate the advantage that our group’s technical expertise combined with practical litigation experience gives at every phase of that undertaking from the initial filing of the complaint (or response to same), argument of temporary restraining order / preliminary injunction motions, document and testimonial discovery, oral and written motion practice, Markman hearings, pretrial motions, trial on the merits, through appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and to the Supreme Court.

The broad technical backgrounds of our IP Group members have made it possible to represent clients as lead counsel in numerous technology matters.  Some of the patent technologies which the IP group has litigated include:

  • Adhesives
  • Asphalt paving equipment
  • Archery equipment
  • Business forms
  • Computer software (including business methods)
  • Double fired coker charge heaters (Petrochemical)
  • Electronic security at ATM locations
  • Environmental solvents
  • Fishing reels
  • Fishing lures
  • Flare tips (Petrochemical)
  • Food processing equipment 
  • F-type cable connectors (CATV)
  • Industrial burners
  • Medical monitoring devices
  • Metal building fabrication
  • Remote controlled trolling motors
  • Sewage basins and pumps

 

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