Sharma & DeYoung LLP (S&D) is an intellectual property law firm and one of the go-to firms for novel and high-profile intellectual property issues. Clients seek us out for our creativity and business approach to their legal issues.  We offer a full range of services related to the acquisition, enforcement and commercial exploitation of IP rights and assets.

The firm has a solid foundation of expertise in the areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other areas of intellectual property.   S&D has a strong trademark team advising on a wide range of matters, including prosecution, oppositions, and litigation. It is widely admired for its strong trademark portfolio management service, along with its busy infringement practice.  Clients span a broad range of industries, including companies in the apparel, pharmaceutical, hospitality, and entertainment sectors.

S&D’s patent team has technical capabilities in software, electronic, chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, food science, and mechanical arts and is routinely ranked among the top ten firms for the number of issued patents. A number of the patent practitioners have advanced degrees.  Our patent litigators, who also have technical backgrounds, have in-depth experience with Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) litigation, Hatch-Waxman counseling and in patent litigation before the International Trade Commission (ITC) as well as in the emerging area of patent interferences before the USPTO. Utility and Design Patents, computer/software, electrical, biotechnology, chemical, pharmaceutical, and mechanical – S&D’s patent procurement team has experience with all of these areas.

With our broad experience in patent work, S&D can assess the patentability of our clients’ invention; draft, file, and prosecute patent applications; provide advice about developing a patent portfolio in the United States and abroad that reflects a client’s current and future interests; and keep an eye on what the competition is patenting.
Disputes concerning the ownership of technology sometimes arise. If this occurs, we will guide our client through the nuances of inventorship and the establishment and assignment of rights to our client’s invention. Disputes also arise in the enforcement of patents – either our clients’ or their competitors’. S&D’s patent attorneys routinely investigate the validity of patents and assess the merits of infringement actions. We draft opinions that withstand scrutiny in court.

More importantly, intellectual property litigation involving patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets or other proprietary business information remains at the heart of S&D’s litigation practice.  We recently assisted a pharmaceutical client in obtaining a nationwide injunction against an infringing competitor on its patents concerning an active pharmaceutical ingredient which removed the competing/infringing product from the marketplace  – a nationwide injunction that was upheld on appeal.

Licensing and contractual matters also are a bedrock of our IP practice.  The firm’s attorneys have drafted, negotiated, revised and helped conclude – as well as enforce – hundreds of complex business agreements involving sensitive, commercially valuable intellectual property including licensing agreements, collaboration or co-development agreements, supply and manufacturing agreements as well as clinical trial contracts.

Because our clients are diverse and include start-ups, midsize and large corporations, S&D has developed a well-rounded intellectual property practice. We recognize, however, that it is not enough to just have broad experience. Our lawyers must be proactive and stay abreast of changes in the law and in the regulations that govern our practice.