North America

Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Address: 400 West Market Street, Suite 1800, Louisville, KY 40202, USA.
Phone: 502-587-3400

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A full-service law firm representing clients across the United States and internationally, Stites & Harbison, PLLC is known as a preeminent firm managing sophisticated transactions, challenging litigation, and complex regulatory matters on a daily basis. The firm represents a broad spectrum of clients including multinational corporations, financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, health care organizations, manufacturers, private companies, nonprofit organizations, family-owned businesses, and individuals. Tracing its origins to 1832, Stites & Harbison is one of the oldest law practices in the nation. The firm has 11 offices across six states — Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Intellectual Property & Technology

With a full-service practice which spans the globe, Stites & Harbison’s Intellectual Property and Technology (IPT) Group counsels and represents both domestic and international clients across the full range of intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and licensing.

All businesses have intrinsic value in the creativity, invention, and innovation that makes them unique. In order to reach full commercial potential, however, an idea, product, or service must be properly protected. What distinguishes Stites & Harbison is the firm’s commitment to fully understanding not only its clients’ intellectual property but also their business and the markets in which they compete. This allows Stites & Harbison to provide the greatest return on its clients’ intellectual property assets.

The attorneys provide effective and efficient counsel from the creation and registration of intellectual property assets through the management and enforcement of intellectual property rights both in the United States as well as internationally.

Members of the IPT group possess technical experience and hold advanced degrees across a wide variety of fields including engineering, biology and life sciences, chemistry, and computer science. From the office in Alexandria, VA, the attorneys can easily visit the United States Patent & Trademark Office to advocate for clients in person.

Transactional Services

In addition to securing patents, trademarks, and copyrights at the state, national, or international level, Stites & Harbison’s IPT Group also assists in developing and implementing intellectual property protection plans which are tailored for each client, whether an independent inventor, start-up, well-established business, or university. The firm works to maximize the value of its clients’ intellectual property through licensing agreements, sponsorship agreements, and other relationships with third parties. Attorneys draft and negotiate the appropriate terms related to the intellectual property, whether they are central to or incidental to a larger transaction. When needed, Stites & Harbison also issues validity, infringement, and right-to-use opinions regarding clients’ or a third-party’s intellectual property.

Litigation Services

Stites & Harbison’s IPT Group has extensive experience litigating intellectual property matters before federal and state courts throughout the nation. This experience also extends to all levels of appeals, including the United States Supreme Court. The firm’s litigators aggressively protect the intellectual property assets of clients, and defend those who have been wrongfully accused of infringing others’ intellectual property rights. The firm has handled a number of significant and well-known intellectual property disputes and has served as lead counsel in intellectual property litigation in more than 30 states.

Intellectual Property & Technology Specialty Areas

– Advertising & Marketing Law

– Biotechnology / Life Sciences

– Clinical Research, Clinical Trials & Risk Management

– Copyrights

– Intellectual Property Litigation

– Licensing

– Media / First Amendment Law

– Patent Prosecution & Protection

– Sports & Entertainment

– Telecommunications, Technology & Internet Law

– Trademarks


Team Members

Terry L. Wright

Member / Chair, Intellectual Property & Technology Group

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