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

Firm News

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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Hinckley Allen Welcomes New Intellectual Property Attorney, Carol H. Peters

November 12, 2018

Hinckley Allen is pleased to welcome Carol H. Peters as Counsel in the Firm’s Intellectual Property Group. Carol is a skilled trademark, patent, copyright, social media and advertising law attorney with a breadth of knowledge from her experiences as insi…

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How Not to Advertise Your Recreational Marijuana Business in Massachusetts: Neon Signs and Other Prohibited Practices

August 21, 2019

Most businesses in Massachusetts are free to market their business using a variety of creative advertising methods. Neon signs? Usually no problem. Vinyl-wrapped vehicles? Great exposure. Hosting a giveaway or handing out coupons? A good way to get new cus…


SCOTUS to Hear Argument on FOIA's Confidential Information Exemption

April 2, 2019

In April, the Supreme Court will, for the first time, hear argument on a case that requires it to grapple with Exemption Four of the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), exempting trade secrets and confidential information. Alexa T. Millinger discusses thi…

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