Patents allow individuals and businesses to convert a unique invention into a marketable, profitable asset. However, the process of obtaining, maintaining, protecting and enforcing patents in the United States and abroad can be long and complex.

Seyfarth Shaw’s experienced patent attorneys have the broad experience and in-depth knowledge to help clients review ideas and products, evaluate patentability issues, prepare and manage patent applications, identify potential infringements, and enforce patent rights. All of our work points to a single goal: helping businesses turn the fruits of their creativity into profitable, successful tools—today, and in the future.

Transactions and Counseling

On behalf of a wide range of businesses, institutions and other organizations, Seyfarth’s intellectual property attorneys:

  • Review inventions and products for patentability and potential infringement. 
  • Prepare and prosecute patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 
  • Draft and negotiate patent licenses, technology development, confidentiality and employment agreements. 
  • Obtain and enforce foreign patent rights. 
  • Integrate patents with other forms of intellectual property protection. 
  • Develop and deliver patent training programs. 
  • Provide counsel on patent-related aspects of acquisitions, including due diligence and negotiation of asset purchase agreements. 
  • Conduct patent portfolio audits. 
  • Prepare opinions regarding patent infringement, invalidity and enforceability issues.


Our Intellectual Property Group consists of attorneys that specialize in complex patent infringement litigation, including registered patent attorneys who have prosecuted numerous patent applications and practiced before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. When litigation is required, our IP litigators will:

  • Prosecute and defend patent infringement actions in federal courts
  • Prosecute and defend patents in reexamination, reissue, and interference cases before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Prosecute and defend patent infringement investigations before the International Trade Commission
  • Prosecute and defend patent licensing disputes in state and federal courts
  • Position matterse for, and pursue, negotiated resolutions and settlements
  • Work with foreign colleagues to enforce foreign patent rights or defend foreign actions