Counseling

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The most important service we provide to our clients is advice, along with the skills to implement it. We counsel clients on the management and development of their intellectual property assets, advising clients on issues of patent validity, infringement, and the introduction of new products. Our expertise in business consulting and patent law has been a valuable resource for clients in e-commerce, finance, and other fields.

Our creative, cost-effective strategies are designed to help our clients achieve specific business objectives as well as further long-term business goals. We help establish and maintain effective programs for identifying and patenting key inventions. We also offer strategic advice on the development of patent and trademark portfolios and the exploitation of innovations through licensing. We evaluate potential litigation risks and suggest strategies for avoiding litigation, and we issue opinions regarding the scope, validity, and enforceability of patents and patent portfolios. At MBHB, we also provide advice when assessing the likely outcomes of litigation and in acquisition-related due diligence investigations.

The high-level education and experience earned by our attorneys gives us the skill and industry knowledge we need to help our clients make the decisions that are best for their business, from the beginning.

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Patent Agent
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Upcoming Events

February 23, 2016
MBHB Partner Dr. Kevin Noonan Is a Featured Presenter at this ACI-Sponsored Program
February 24, 2016
March 16, 2016
MBHB Partner Daniel Boehnen and Bristows LLP Partner Edward Nodder Are the Featured Co-Presenters
May 25, 2016
MBHB Partner Dr. Kevin Noonan Is the Featured Presenter at this ALA-Sponsored Session

Past Event

January 21, 2016
MBHB Attorneys Michael Borella, Ph.D., Kevin Noonan, Ph.D. and Donald Zuhn, Jr., Ph.D. Are the Featured Co-Presenters
January 20, 2016
MBHB Partner Joseph Herndon Is the Featured Presenter at this LSI-Sponsored Program
December 10-11, 2015
MBHB Partner Bradley Hulbert Is a Featured Presenter
December 9, 2015
December 3-4, 2015
MBHB Partners Anthoula Pomrening and James Suggs Are Featured Co-Presenters at this Management Forum-Sponsored Conference  

Publications

Fall 2015 (snippets)
Under the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Act, advertising must be truthful and non-deceptive, advertisers must have evidence to back up their claims, and advertisements cannot be unfair. An advertisement is deceptive if it misleads reasonable consumers and is material to a consumer’s decision to purchase a product. An advertisement is unfair if it causes substantial unavoidable injury that is not outweighed by its benefit to consumers.
Fall 2015 (snippets)
According to a recent court ruling, Costco sold counterfeit diamond engagement rings bearing the Tiffany name and confused relevant consumers by using the word “Tiffany” in display case signage. The court rejected Costco’s fair use defense and assertion that Tiffany’s trademarks were invalid because they sought to prevent others from using the word “Tiffany” as a generic description of a type of ring setting. Under the ruling, Tiffany can now take Costco before a jury to seek damages, including recovery of Costco’s profits from the sale of the diamond rings and punitive damages.
Fall 2015 (snippets)
This is the perfect time and environment in which to take a close look at your trademark portfolio. It is the time to be thankful for your brand’s position in the market and the investments you have made into searching, registering, maintaining, and enforcing your trademarks. But it is also the time to set goals and develop plans to make better use of your trademark portfolios.
Fall 2015 (snippets)
Trademarks are valuable tools for businesses since they allow a trademark holder to identify and distinguish its goods from those manufactured or sold by others. However, there are many issues to be aware of when seeking trademark protection.
Summer 2015 (snippets)
In an effort to simplify production issues for our clients – and to ensure that they themselves are in compliance with the EU and Swiss Privacy Laws on protection of personal information – MBHB has obtained certification under the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework. This certification process allows clients peace of mind when transferring documents and other materials that may contain personal data from the EU and/or Switzerland to the United States.
Summer 2015 (snippets)
In 2009, Sergey Aleynikov was a computer programmer employed by Goldman Sachs to write high-frequency trading code. He accepted an offer to join a new Chicago-based company, Teza Technologies. Before he left Goldman Sachs, however, he sent portions of Goldman’s high frequency trading code to a German server for his own future use. After Goldman found out, it went to the FBI; Aleynikov was then arrested on a flight home from a visit to Chicago. With that arrest began a circuitous journey through the U.S. legal system, governed by two different sovereigns and under two different legal regimes – neither one of which was ultimately found to cover his actions.
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