Where IP Strategy and Protection Work. Together.
Winstead's seasoned team aggressively represents clients engaged in the development of advanced technology in order to address the future implications of their investment, ideas, and inventions. We craft tailored strategic and protective IP policies that can be enforced and defended, enabling our clients to support, protect, commercialize, license, and capitalize on their IP assets. Our attorneys are efficient and focused on achieving our clients' objectives while working within an agreed-upon budget.
Winstead IP attorneys are highly skilled and possess extensive engineering and scientific backgrounds. We counsel regional, national, and international clients in areas where science, technology, and commerce intersect. Our clients include manufacturers, educational institutions, hospitals, research centers, entrepreneurs, individual and joint inventors, and other developers of leading-edge technologies across a wide range of industries. They range from local start-ups to well-established companies around the world.
Winstead's IP attorneys place our clients in optimal positions to succeed in today’s complex global marketplace.
Winstead IP transactional attorneys advise clients in all areas of IP transactions including patents, copyrights, trademarks, contracts, due diligence, enforcement, unfair competition disputes, licensing agreements, public offerings for high technology companies, regulatory guidance, employment agreements, and related legal issues. Our attorneys negotiate innovative business and strategic collaborations such as joint ventures, co-development arrangements, and manufacturing and distribution agreements.
IP attorneys often team with firm colleagues in corporate law on behalf of both purchasers and sellers during corporate transactions and mergers and acquisitions. We deliver a thorough evaluation and analysis of issues triggered by impending purchases, policies, procedures, and audits.
Winstead's patent practice includes preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the United States and abroad, particularly in Asia and Europe. Services include reexamination, reissue and interference cases, electronic filing, monthly docket reports to clients, and tracking and reminders of deadlines and renewal/maintenance fee payments. We also offer opinions regarding patentability, infringement, and validity.
We also have an outstanding record in obtaining visas, work authorization documents, green cards, and United States citizenship. Winstead assists companies in maintaining their employees’ lawful immigration status, and provides counsel for the hiring, transfer, promotion, and termination of foreign national employees.
The Winstead intellectual property litigation team represents inventors and patent holders to ensure that their valuable intellectual property is protected and profitable, and also represents companies and individuals who are alleged to have infringed the patent or other intellectual property rights of others.
Winstead attorneys resolve patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and other complex IP litigation issues in the district and federal courts, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and U.S. International Trade Commission. Our attorneys are equally skilled at achieving favorable outcomes in alternative dispute resolution forums.
Our litigators apply a broad range of effective techniques ranging from extraordinary ex parte seizures and preliminary injunctive relief to full-blown jury trials on the merits, with attendant appeals to the appropriate appellate courts. The litigation team also conducts due diligence and provides risk assessment of pending or threatened intellectual property litigation.
Counsel at Work
Winstead attorneys offer comprehensive IP counsel that includes:
Industries and areas of experience include:
- ASP/ISP Agreements
- Due Diligence
- eCommerce Agreements
- Employment-Related Issues
- Freedom to Operate Opinions
- High-Technology Company Public Offerings
- IP Audits
- IP Enforcement
- IP Licensing and Transfer
- IP Portfolio Management
- Joint Development Agreements/Ventures
- OEM/VAR Agreements
- Outsourcing Agreements
- Patents and Patent Opinions
- Public/Private Financing
- Secrecy Agreements
- Research Agreements
- Software Development Agreements
- Technology Commercialization, Licensing, Marketing, and Transfer
- Trademarks and Trade Dress
- Trade Secrets
- Unfair Competition Disputes
- Venture Capital Agreements
- Web Site Agreements
Special Areas of Experience
- Application and Internet Service Providers
- Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals
- Business-Method Innovations
- Chemistry and Chemical Processes
- Computer Hardware and Software
- Electrical and Electronics Technology
- Electro-Mechanical Technology
- Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy
- Hospitals and Healthcare
- Information Systems Technology
- Internet and eCommerce
- Life Sciences
- Mechanical Technology
- Medical Technology
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Wireless Technology
Winstead’s biotechnology team provides legal services to entities involved in the delivery of healthcare products and services, and in the application of biotechnology sciences for the development of new drugs, diagnostics, and medical devices. Members of this practice include Ph.D.s in chemistry and biochemistry, a recognized nanoscientist, and a significant number of attorneys with life science degrees.
Winstead has developed one of the leading nanotechnology teams in the world, representing almost every nanotechnology company and university in Texas, including some of the most renowned scientists working in the nanotechnology field. Our clients have entrusted the protection of their inventions to our team of attorneys and patent agents, several of whom hold Ph.D.s. One of our patent agents is a recognized nanotechnology inventor.
Electrical, Computing, and Semiconductor Technologies
Winstead has developed an experienced team focusing on electrical, computing, and semiconductor technologies. We also counsel on all aspects of eCommerce, including networking, Web design, hosting, privacy and use policies, domain names, electronic transactions, and the gathering and use of data. Winstead attorneys possess degrees in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science and add tremendous value to these and related transactions by using their extensive experience in relevant industries.
Winstead has developed a highly trained and experienced team focusing on mechanical technologies including aerospace, fossil fuel recovery, and all aspects of manufacturing. Winstead attorneys possessing degrees in mechanical engineering and physics add tremendous value to these and related transactions by using their extensive experience in relevant industries.
Intellectual Property Transactions/Cases