Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

In a world where intellectual property may well be a client's most valuable asset, the Hunton & Williams LLP intellectual property practice group focuses on providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary services designed to help clients obtain the maximum competitive advantages that can be realized from the exploitation of such assets. Hunton & Williams' IP attorneys help clients create, protect, defend and avoid infringing patent, trade secret, trademark, trade dress, trade name and copyright rights. Practice areas include advertising compliance, unfair competition, rights of publicity or privacy, trade secret protection and patent litigation.

Our clients range from Fortune® 100 corporations to small start-ups and are involved in such diverse areas as e-commerce, power tools, professional sports, packaged foods and beverages, luxury hotels and resorts, medical supplies, fast food restaurants, telecommunications, apparel manufacturing, tobacco, insurance, financial services and real estate development. Our attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of the business goals and legal challenges facing numerous industries and develop strategies that are tailored to each client's needs.

As part of one of the nation's largest law firms, the IP group has the resources to respond quickly and forcefully to our clients' needs for litigation services and to meet any challenge. Should litigation become necessary, the team is experienced in the use of litigation as a tool to force a favorable settlement. Hunton & Williams has successfully obtained (and defeated) preliminary injunction and summary judgment motions, obtained contempt sanctions for infringers and prevailed in both bench and jury trials. Moreover, the IP group has prosecuted and defended opposition and cancellation proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and succeeded in taking and defending appeals to the court of appeals for the federal and other circuits.

Our U.S. intellectual property lawyers are resident in many of the firm’s domestic and international offices, and collaborate with colleagues throughout the firm's many locations and practices. The group's lawyers are active in the American Bar Association; the American Intellectual Property Law Association; the Intellectual Property Owners Association; the Licensing Executives Society; the International Trademark Association; the International Franchise Association; the ABA Sections of Intellectual Property Law and Science and Technology; international, state and local bar associations; and various professional groups and committees dealing with intellectual property issues.

Our successful approach to serving client needs has been noticed by numerous publications. Hunton & Williams was ranked as a "Go-To" Litigation Practice by Fortune® magazine. Our ranking was based on an independent survey of general counsel at America's 500 largest companies who named Hunton & Williams one of the firms most frequently called upon for major litigation. In 2010 we were named as a leading patent practice in the Benchmark Guide to America's Leading Litigators, and named as one of the nation's busiest patent practices by IP Law & Business.

These awards continue a long tradition of citations in major publications for the firm's handling of our clients' patent matters. Our team and our attorneys have been recognized as a leading intellectual property practice by Intellectual Property Today, IP Almanac, The Legal 500, Super Lawyers®, Corporate Counsel magazine and the Chambers USA guide. While we appreciate the rankings and honors bestowed upon us by outside sources, we are most proud of our consistent record of success on behalf of our clients.