Intellectual Property


Continued business success and growth in today's global economy increasingly depend on a company's ability to safeguard invaluable Intellectual Property (IP). Dykema's Intellectual Property attorneys have the breadth of legal, technical and scientific knowledge and experience, as well as the support of firmwide resources to counsel clients in all aspects of the procurement, management, and enforcement of Intellectual Property rights. Named a "Go To Law Firm" for Intellectual Property by General Counsel at America's top companies (Corporate Counsel 2010), Dykema delivers strategically focused solutions across the life cycle of intangible Intellectual Property assets in virtually all industries.

For companies of any size, including patented inventions, trademarked brands and copyrighted works create and build their success. By helping clients protect their Intellectual Property assets, we help them achieve and maintain competitive market advantages. Our attorneys—many of whom are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office—draw on technical backgrounds in such diverse fields as mechanical, electrical and computer engineering; aerospace and automotive technologies; chemistry; biochemistry and molecular biology to provide exceptional representation to clients. Our range of IP legal services includes IP litigation, counseling and prosecution, as well as due diligence on Intellectual Property asset portfolios.

Patent Prosecution

For our automotive, communications, computer, electronics, biotechnology, consumer products and other clients, we prepare and prosecute patents, establish in-house patent programs, and provide counsel on the patentability of inventions, patent infringement issues and the validity of patents. Read more

Intellectual Property Litigation

Our Intellectual Property team is dedicated to the defense or enforcement of matters arising from patent, trademark, and copyright infringements. We resolve internet and technology-based disputes and litigate matters involving trade secret and unfair competition claims, false advertising, publicity rights and Intellectual Property transfers. Read more.


We provide effective, efficient counsel on every facet of trademark law, beginning by identifying and clearing potential trademarks and service marks to registering and enforcing these marks. Read more.


By identifying copyrights and related issues, implementing copyright protection programs and registering, licensing and enforcing copyrights, we help clients protect the full range of copyrightable assets. Read more.

Portfolio Due Diligence

Dykema offers complete due diligence counseling and Intellectual Property asset and patent portfolio management to clients from a wide range of industries. Read more.

Experience Matters

  • Dykema's Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation Department Director served as a principal author of the Local Patent Rules for the Northern District of Illinois.
  • Prepared and procured patents in a broad range of technologies, including semiconductor devices, automotive, computer-implemented inventions, medical devices, and biotechnology.
  • Represented a power distribution equipment company in a multimillion-dollar patent infringement action involving 14 asserted patents over “smart” electric power meters.
  • Obtained a record-setting jury verdict of more than $100 million in a high-stakes patent infringement case.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a client against claims alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, tortious interference and conversion defeating plaintiff's claims of actual damages over $30 million, as well as a permanent injunction and punitive damages.
  • Represented a plaintiff alleging superior rights in the use of a trademark related to investments, electronic trading and financial services against related entities using the mark in similar service areas.
  • Represented a foreign OEM in defense of a luxury brand trademark.
  • Obtained at trial and preserved on appeal, in a published opinion, an injunction and $1 million damage award for trademark infringement and unfair competition in favor of machine tool manufacturer client.
  • Filed and prevailed in more than 30 proceedings under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, resulting in the transfer of many valuable domain names to a wide-variety of clients.
  • Represented an affiliate of Citicorp in defense of a software copyright matter in which the claimant sought over $15 billion in damages. Prevailed on summary judgment finding no liability and won award of attorneys' fees, upheld on appeal.
  • Defended a television station in a copyright infringement claim arising from the use of a deceased police officer's photograph on a news program. The copyright owner's claim, which was based upon a contract to photograph all police officers and ownership of resulting photographs, was rebuffed on grounds of fair use.
  • Defeated asserted apparel design copyright infringement claims for lack of originality.
  • Obtained summary dismissal on behalf of a major television network in a copyright infringement case.

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