Intellectual Property

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Max Ciccarelli
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Thompson & Knight's Intellectual Property ("IP") Section is comprised of lawyers who focus on patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, and related technology matters. In a non-adversarial context, our experience includes legal counseling, assisting clients with the strategic use of IP assets to advance business objectives, prosecution of patents, registration and prosecution of marks, licensing, technology transfers, and protection of trade secrets. Thompson & Knight's IP attorneys also regularly counsel and represent clients on issues of patent, trademark and copyright infringement, acts of unfair competition, and theft of trade secrets. The potential liability in these matters can range from a few hundred thousand to several hundred million dollars.

For the fifth consecutive year, Thompson & Knight received a top national ranking for Intellectual Property Litigation in the 2017 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 17 firms in Texas for Intellectual Property in Chambers USA 2016 by Chambers & Partners.  The group also was recognized in the 2016 IAM Patent 1000 rankings among the top firms in Texas.  The directory stated that Thompson & Knight's IP team has the "ability to see the big picture, to understand the needs of their client, and go above and beyond the call of duty to achieve success." Clients quoted by the directory note that Thompson & Knight has a "deep bench of attorneys with impressive technical knowledge, and [who] are supremely capable in examining and understanding complicated patents" and also "understand the corporate goal of each case and don't put their own desire to win at trial above what is in the best interests of the corporation." Ranked among the top firms in Texas, World Trademark Review 1000 2017 described Thompson & Knight’s trademark group as having “extensive trademark know-how,” which WTR 1000 says “is supplemented by the firm’s deep understanding of advertising, social media, and antitrust issues.”