With many of the world’s leading companies headquartered in Delaware, a thriving industry of experts in intellectual property (IP) and patent law has emerged. As well as being the state with the most patents per capita in the U.S., Delaware also is one of the country’s busiest venues for patent litigation.
IP Group helps entrepreneurs in the biotech, cleantech, health care and technology fields evolve their ideas into intellectual property-based companies. The Group works closely with universities in the U.S., the U.K. and Australasia to identify the best IP-based concepts and develop them.
Potter Anderson Corroon LLP is a Delaware law firm that has represented major companies such as Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble in patent litigation. The firm’s IP cases have included disputes related to computer and microprocessor technology, pharmaceuticals, internet technology, medical devices and more.
Richards Layton & Finger is among Delaware’s most active and respected IP litigation practices and is particularly experienced in litigating patent and trademark infringement cases in Delaware District Court. Since 2011, the firm has been top-ranked for Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation and Patent Law by U.S. News & World Report.
Bayard, P.A. provides deep expertise both with IP matters and with the rules and preferred procedures at Delaware courts. The firm’s specialty is serving as Delaware counsel
for companies involved in complex patent litigation.
Clients at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP range from multi-national corporations to small businesses and individuals. In addition to IP-related matters, the firm represents clients in bankruptcy, labor and real estate proceedings. Young Conaway also publishes the Delaware IP Law Blog (www.delawareiplaw.com).
The University of Delaware Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships provides advice on innovations, patents, copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property developed by those working for the university. The Office provides a free online Intellectual Property Guide.
Incorporation specialists such as CSC and IncNow round out the offerings available to new and established businesses hoping to protect their intellectual property.
Bayard, P.A. www.bayardlaw.com
A commercial law firm that also provides personal legal services. Areas of expertise include the customs and procedures of Delaware’s state and federal courts, and Delaware’s commercial business entity law.
CSC helps businesses with a range of compliance needs, including business licensing and trademark registration.
DLA Piper LLP www.dlapiper.com
DLA Piper’s attorneys provide both strategic and litigation-related IP advice to clients ranging from emerging technology and pharmaceutical companies to established banks and financial institutions.
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP www.drinkerbiddle.com
Drinker Biddle’s IP practice assists clients with branding and trademarks, copyrights, due diligence, IT and outsourcing, IP litigation, patents, and technology transactions and licensing.
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC www.eckertseamans.com
Attorneys at Eckert Seamans have experience assisting clients with patents in chemical, electrical, mechanical, medical, pharmaceutical, biotechnological, computer and metallurgical fields.
Run by two licensed Delaware attorneys, IncNow has helped entrepreneurs, startups, law firms, incubators and businesses get started for more than 40 years.
IP Group www.ipgroupplc.com
An IP commercialization company focused on evolving the best ideas, mainly from partner universities, into innovative businesses.
McCarter & English, LLP www.mccarter.com
McCarter & English attorneys help clients prepare IP applications and portfolios, preserve corporate brands, and protect software patents and trade secrets.
Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP www.mnat.com
The firm’s IP Litigation Group specializes in complex disputes involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition and antitrust issues.
Potter Anderson Corroon LLP www.potteranderson.com
The oldest law firm in Delaware, and one of the largest. Specializing in corporate litigation, corporate counseling, M&A, IP, employment and bankruptcy.
Richards Layton & Finger www.rlf.com
In 2017 alone, Delaware’s largest law firm acted as Delaware counsel on 57 M&A transactions valued at $100 million or more. IP and other corporate litigation is also a specialty.
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP www.saul.com
Saul Ewing attorneys counsel clients on protecting and managing their IP assets, conduct post-grant procedures, and perform due diligence, infringement and invalidity studies. They also help companies analyze their patent portfolios, evaluate competitive products and develop design-around alternatives.
University of Delaware Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships www.oeip.udel.edu
The office’s mission is to guide entrepreneurs from ideas to the marketplace, facilitating patent applications and other steps in setting up a business.
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP www.youngconaway.com
Young Conaway has helped shape legislative and case law in Delaware for half a century. In addition to appearing before Delaware’s state and federal courts, its attorneys actively participate in issues before the Delaware legislature.