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Kowert, Hood, Munyon, Rankin & Goetzel is nationally recognized for its expertise in patent prosecution and counseling. The Firm’s attorneys, patent agents, and technical advisors are proficient in a diverse set of technologies. The Firm’s experience is particularly deep in the areas of computer hardware and software, where we represent some of the world’s largest companies. Over the last two decades, the Firm has built its reputation by demonstrating technical excellence to inventors, and by providing outstanding legal value to in-house counsel and executives. In addition to procuring patents for its clients both domestically and—through its network of foreign associates—internationally, the Firm provides a wide array of patent services. The Firm regularly performs portfolio analysis, prior art searches, and pre-litigation counseling, renders opinions relating to noninfringement, invalidity, and other aspects of patent law, and represents clients in reexaminations and contested post-grant proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Trademarks, Copyrights, and Internet Law

KHMRG has an active trademark, copyright, and Internet law practice. The Firm has filed thousands of trademark and copyright applications on behalf of its clients. Indeed, KHMRG consistently ranks among the top law firms in the nation with respect to trademark registrations. The Firm also regularly secures domain names through registration and through ICANN arbitration proceedings, and maintains an active anti-piracy program on behalf of numerous clients. In addition to procuring trademarks and copyrights, the Firm counsels clients on protecting these investments, including with respect to unauthorized use by third parties. The Firm also renders opinions on trademark infringement and validity.


KHMRG represents clients in a variety of adversarial proceedings relating to patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyright, and domain name disputes. These cases have involved many different fields and diverse technology, such as automotive products, music rights, publishing rights, computer hardware, telecommunications, exercise equipment, medical devices, consumer items, and optics. In addition to matters in federal and state court, KHMRG has handled patent post-grant proceedings and trademark cancellation and opposition proceedings for clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as domain name arbitration proceedings before the Arbitration Forum.


KHMRG structures, drafts, and negotiates many different types of intellectual property transactions. For example, the firm regularly works on intellectual property licenses, technology transfer agreements, marketing and distribution arrangements, software licenses, advertising and entertainment arrangements, work for hire agreements, non-compete agreements, and personality rights. The firm also has substantial experience with e-commerce and Internet-related transactions, including agreements for website development and hosting, co-branding, Internet-based services, and content licensing.

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