It has never been easier to access and disseminate new ideas and technology. This also means that the threat of unauthorized use of intellectual property (IP) has never been greater. Hinckley Allen’s team of intellectual property attorneys delivers strategic counseling on protecting, leveraging, and enforcing intellectual property rights and assets. Our team works both domestically and globally with clients – ranging from individual entrepreneurs to large corporations with complex IP portfolios. Our intellectual property attorneys work seamlessly with in-house counsel, investors, business advisors, line-of-business executives, and marketing professionals.

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

Our attorneys provide a pragmatic, focused approach and view IP matters within the context of a client’s overall business and its goals and challenges. Our IP team leverages a multi-disciplinary perspective, drawing on the broad expertise and deep resources of a full-service law firm. We collaborate with our colleagues across numerous practice areas on a variety of matters, such as corporate transactions involving IP assets, mergers and acquisitions, IP portfolio assessments and due diligence, technology transfers, licensing, and commercial agreements. This approach allows us to deliver targeted strategies and more favorable results for our clients.


We have significant experience representing clients with a wide range of technologies in a wide range of industries, including software, electronics, green technologies, health care, surgical instruments, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, consumer products, food and beverage, retail, hospitality, banking and financial services, insurance, e-commerce, computer hardware, telecommunications, publishing, advertising, multimedia, sports, and entertainment.

Our IP practice includes the following areas of focus:

Licensing/Software/Technology Agreements

  • Drafting and negotiating IP agreements, licenses, sub-licenses, and cross-licenses
  • Drafting and negotiating trademark licenses, branded product manufacturing/supply agreements, and co-branding agreements
  • Technology transfer agreements
  • Inbound and outbound software licensing

Trademarks & Copyrights – See Trademarks & Copyrights

Domain Names & Online Brand Protection – See Trademarks & Copyrights

Corporate Transactions and IP-Related Matters

  • Asset purchase and sale transactions/agreements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • IP due diligence and IP portfolio analyses/assessments
  • IP asset transfers, conveyances, and assignments


  • Enforcement of utility and design patent rights – See Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Corporate transactions involving patent assets
  • Patent licensing, cross-licensing, transfers, and assignments

News & Insight

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Hinckley Allen Celebrates 10 Years a “Best Law Firm”

November 1, 2019

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have recognized Hinckley Allen for the tenth consecutive year as a Best Law Firm. Hinckley Allen has been ranked nationally in five practice areas and regionally in 53 practice areas.Firms included in the 2020 …

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Who's Who at Hinckley Allen: Carol H. Peters

May 7, 2019

Carol is an intellectual property (IP) attorney experienced in all phases of trademark, patent, and copyright law domestically and internationally, as well as in IP transactions, licensing, brand management, and advertising. She currently assists startups,…

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Policing Your Trademark Or Service Mark

September 23, 2019

Federal registration is a major step in the protection of your brand name as a trademark or service mark provides your company with exclusive rights and peace of mind that your brand is protected. U.S.In general, policing your trademark rights has the bene…


Using Your Trademark or Service Mark Correctly

September 16, 2019

The #1 and most important guideline for proper use of a trademark or service mark is to use the mark as an adjective followed by a noun or generic term for the product or service itself.People frequently use the brand name, whether a trademark or service m…

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