Inventors, entrepreneurs and innovators turn to Perkins Coie's Patent practice for advice on how to protect their inventions and ideas.

Our patent attorneys are particularly skilled in successfully preparing and prosecuting patent applications in anticipation of licensing opportunities and potential litigation. We manage patent portfolios in a range of industries, including computer science, electronics, semiconductors, telecommunications, life sciences and biotechnology, medical devices, aerospace, and consumer products. Our patent group has filed over 8,400 new patent applications in the past two years on behalf of our clients. The services we provide include:

  • Counseling relating to IP portfolio development and management;
  • Diligence on mergers, acquisitions and securities offerings;
  • Domestic and international patent preparation and prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;
  • Performing right-to-use analysis and counseling relating to design-arounds;
  • Preparing legal opinions concerning patent invalidity and noninfringement;
  • Academic technology transfer, specifically working with technology transfer offices in assessing patentability, preparing and prosecuting patent applications and supervising foreign prosecution.

We have more than 135 lawyers and agents in the National Patent Practice who are registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Many of our practitioners have significant industry experience as practicing engineers or scientists, or hold advanced degrees in their technical fields. Several of our attorneys are former patent examiners at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office or worked as in-house patent counsel at FORTUNE 500 corporations before entering private practice.

Commitment to Innovation

In our ongoing commitment to serve as strategic advisors to clients, Perkins Coie is designing intellectual property portfolio management tools that puts more power into the hands of our clients. We have been investing significantly in optimizing our internal operations and processes to make portfolio management more efficient. Our priority is to help clients more easily manage the portfolio that they have partnered with us to develop.

Portfolio Dashboard, powered by Perkins Coie, satisfies a common need of clients by providing real-time patent portfolio information, positioning decision-makers to quickly check portfolio size, scope and status. With data fed from a matter management system, Portfolio Dashboard captures and displays asset information by category, year and geography. Clients can quickly drill down to view specifics on individual assets. Portfolio Dashboard generates filtered visualizations of patent data to drive coverage, licensing and other important business discussions. Charts and detailed asset lists can be easily generated and shared with management and strategic partners.

Another recent patent innovation is our custom workload management system, “P4,” the Perkins Coie Patent Prosecution Platform. P4 is the first of its kind focused on managing large-scale patent prosecution portfolios as effectively and efficiently as possible. Built from the ground-up, it is a streamlined, web-based tool that aggregates and cleanly displays data from our docketing, time entry and billing systems in real time. The P4 interface focuses lawyers’ attention on two critical areas of client service— upcoming deadline priorities and budget variances at the activity level. The Financial Times recognized Perkins Coie as the leader in its “Innovation in Business of Law: Technology” category for P4 in 2017.