Fellers Snider’s intellectual property (IP) group combines the personalized attention and expertise typical of a boutique with all the advantages of a full-service general practice law firm. Responsiveness to our clients is our hallmark.
Our clients benefit not only from the special training, education and experience of the group’s lawyers, but also from the fact that our clients’ intellectual property needs can be fully met by Oklahoma counsel – we provide the highest-quality services available at significantly lower rates than 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.
The foundation of our practice is patent prosecution, and we emphasize obtaining high-quality, enforceable domestic and international patents. Our registered patent attorneys have the legal skills and technical expertise to prepare patent applications covering virtually any subject matter – many have earned scientific or technical undergraduate or graduate degrees, have extensive industry experience, or both.
Our attorneys have demonstrable expertise in the following fields:
- Electrical processes and systems
- Signal processing
- Wireless protocols
- Motors and controllers
- Computer hardware and software
- Data storage, including magnetic, optical and RAID technologies
- Internet protocols
- Chemicals and related processes
- Oil and gas refining and processing
- Oil field equipment
- Simple and complex mechanical devices, including tools and machinery
- Medical and surgical instruments
- Sporting goods
The group’s domestic patent practice is supplemented by considerable experience in procuring international patents. We have obtained patent registrations for clients in more than 100 countries worldwide, including Russia and nations in Europe, the Americas and the Far East.
It has been our experience that careful selection and protection of trademarks can provide a tremendous business advantage, so our IP group maintains an active trademark practice. Our attorneys are well-versed in trademark selection, domestic and international registration procurement, prosecution, branding issues, trademark oppositions and cancellation proceedings, and the enforcement of trademark rights.
Copyright and Unfair Trade Practices
Our attorneys are also well-versed in copyright matters – they 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 and more. 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 often remain unrecognized as company assets until a problem occurs. In fact, trade secrets can be a company’s most valuable IP – they can include processes, formulas, customer lists, business methods, marketing plans and more. Our attorneys are available to assist 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 clients’ rights.
Technology Licensing and Transactions
We assist our clients by helping them establish corporate IP protection programs, create 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, as well as enforce rights in computer-based innovations.
Intellectual Property Litigation
To protect and enforce our clients’ rights, the IP group takes full advantage of its members’ extensive experience in litigating IP matters. From the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, or even the U.S. Supreme Court, our 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.
Our IP group has represented clients as lead counsel in IP litigation across the country, including representation in U.S. district courts in Oklahoma, Texas, New York, California, Delaware, Virginia, Washington state, Wisconsin, Iowa, Louisiana, Kansas and Maryland, among others.
We have extensive experience in all aspects of patent and non-patent IP litigation. When it comes to the complexities of patent litigation, our clients appreciate the advantage our IP group’s combination of technical expertise and practical litigation experience offers at every phase of the undertaking, whether it’s the initial complaint filing (or response to the same), argument of a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction motions, document and testimonial discovery, oral and written motion practice, Markman hearings, pretrial motions, trial on the merits, or appeals.
Our IP group member's broad technical backgrounds have made it possible to represent clients as lead counsel in numerous technology matters. Some of the patent technologies the IP group has litigated include:
- Archery equipment
- Asphalt-paving equipment
- Business forms
- Computer software (including business methods)
- Double-fired coker charge heaters (petrochemical)
- Electronic security at ATM locations
- Environmental solvents
- Fishing lures
- Fishing reels
- 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