Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Corporate & Business


It has never been easier to access and disseminate new ideas and technology. Of course, this also means that the threat of unauthorized use of intellectual property (IP) has never been greater. Our team delivers strategic counsel on how to obtain, protect, leverage, and enforce intellectual property rights and assets on a global scale—from single entrepreneurial endeavors to complex portfolios of IP assets for large corporations.

We represent clients in computer hardware and software, insurance, pharmaceuticals, surgical instruments, electronic commerce, electronics, telecommunications, publishing, advertising, multimedia, hospitality, food and beverage, consumer products, banking and financial services, retail, health care, sports, and entertainment.

A focus on effectiveness—from a multi-disciplinary team with broad perspectives.

Unlike a limited-focus boutique firm, Hinckley Allen’s IP attorneys are able to draw upon the resources of a full-service firm. Our IP attorneys deliver exceptional service to clients by conferring with colleagues in numerous practice areas, including litigation, tax, mergers and acquisitions, business, and finance. We believe in a pragmatic approach and view IP matters within the context of a client’s larger business— leveraging an interdisciplinary perspective for a better overall result tailored to each client. Because of this philosophy, we are in tune with our clients’ objectives and are able to work seamlessly with in-house counsel, business advisors, investors, line-of-business executives, marketing professionals, and leadership.

Our IP practice includes the following areas of focus:


Our attorneys represent both individual and corporate clients from creation and registration of their creative works to enforcement and litigation.

  • Copyright registration
  • Copyright assignment
  • Work-for-Hire issues and agreements
  • Joint authorship issues and agreements
  • Resolution of copyright disputes
  • Copyright licensing
  • Copyright infringement of registered and common law copyrights
  • Permission to use third-party copyrights
  • International copyright counseling
  • Copyright assignments

Domain Names & Cybercrime

  • Domain name searches and investigations
  • Domain name registrations and acquisitions
  • Domain name portfolio management, including maintenance and policing
  • Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and arbitration proceedings
  • Resolve objections related to new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) applications
  • Cyber stalking, revenge sites, rights of publicity and misappropriation of identity
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other takedown procedures
  • Cybersquatting

Licensing/Software/Technology Agreements

  • Licensing programs and strategies of IP Rights
  • Negotiating and drafting IP agreements
  • Analysis of asset portfolios
  • Patent, trademark, and copyright licensing
  • Technology transfer agreements
  • Sublicensing and cross-licensing of IP rights
  • Open source licensing


  • Patent-related transfers
  • Enforcement of patent and design patent rights


  • Global trademark filing counseling and strategies
  • Global trademark search and clearance
  • Filing and prosecution of domestic and international trademarks
  • Management of domestic and international trademark portfolios
  • Trademark enforcement
  • Trademark infringement and unfair competition
  • Representation in Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings
  • Recording and managing trademark with U.S. Customs
  • Anti-Counterfeiting strategies
  • Global trademark assignments and security interests

Trade Secrets

  • Creation and deployment of trade secret protection strategies
  • Negotiating and drafting non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements
  • Creation of trade secret policies
  • Creation of trade secret procedures
  • Trade secret enforcement
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