Thompson & Knight’s cross-practice healthcare team has decades of experience helping companies navigate the complex maze of legal challenges unique to the healthcare industry, particularly regarding intellectual property rights. Several of our intellectual property attorneys have technical degrees in biomedical engineering, microbiology, chemistry, and biochemistry, giving our team the subject matter expertise and industry know-how to counsel clients on a wide array of healthcare-specific intellectual property matters.
We regularly assist clients in the clearance of trademarks and service marks as well as in the prosecution, registration, and enforcement of marks, the prosecution and enforcement of patents, software licensing, technology transfers, and protection of trade secrets. We also have experience counseling clients in licensing matters regarding biotech and genetics, medical products, software, hardware, Internet services and infrastructure, electronic commerce, and pharmaceutical products, as well as licensing for health information exchanges, electronic medical record solutions, pharmacy management platforms and related technology. Specifically, we have prepared services and support agreements, software licenses, and Internet hosting agreements and have managed large trademark and patent portfolios for a variety of clients in the healthcare arena. We also bring trial experience and a litigator’s perspective to licensing efforts, counseling clients on what a license should contain, as well as what it should avoid.
Our seasoned intellectual property litigators have significant experience representing healthcare clients on issues of patent, copyright, and trademark infringement, theft of trade secrets, and acts of unfair competition. Thompson & Knight’s IP trial lawyers have decades of experience litigating patent infringement cases, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in actions in the federal district courts throughout the United States and before the International Trade Commission. The Firm has had great success in handling patent infringement claims on behalf of clients, having obtained results as a plaintiff that have been valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars and, as a defendant, that have resulted in a number of “zero” verdicts.
We have represented many different types of organizations in the healthcare industry regarding their intellectual property needs, including physician associations, independent practice groups, nationwide hospital systems, health information exchange providers, healthcare software providers, and a nationwide pharmacy group.
For the sixth consecutive year, Thompson & Knight received a top national ranking for Intellectual Property Litigation in the 2018 edition of “Best Law Firms,” the preeminent listing of the nation’s top legal practices from U.S. News - Best Lawyers®. The Firm is also ranked among the top 11 firms in Texas for Intellectual Property in Chambers USA 2017 by Chambers and Partners, and World Trademark Review 1000 2017 praises our IP group for its "extensive trademark know-how," which "is supplemented by the firm's deep understanding of advertising, social media, and antitrust issues."