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Chernoff Vilhauer has substantial expertise in advising clients regarding their rights, obligations, plans, and internal management of intellectual property assets.


The firm offers counseling on such IP-specific matters as:

  • The validity and scope of U.S. and foreign intellectual property rights

  • Freedom-to-commercialize searches and opinions

  • How to protect research and development

  • Whether to pursue trade secret or patent protection

  • Selection of new product names,trademarks and designs

  • Licensing, joint development, consulting, confidentiality, and employee inventorship and research development agreements  

  • Patent strategies that protect against competitors who try to design around clients' patents

  • Counseling with respect to actual and potential intellectual property disputes

  • Identifying intellectual property goals and providing strategies to achieve these goals

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