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Intellectual Property — Oklahoma


Crowe & Dunlevy, a Professional Corporation - Intellectual Property

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Full-service practice, catering to the transactional and contentious IP requirements of a regional and national clientele, notably including several leading players in the oil and gas sector. Highly experienced in the licensing and audit of IT assets and, with the support of an international network of partner firms, the management of global patent and trademark portfolios. Also known for its litigation capability and currently expanding its ability to handle hi-tech IP issues from the Tulsa office.

Strengths The practice attracts praise for its swift provision of advice on a comprehensive range of issues. One referee reports: "I use Crowe over and over because almost any question I have, they'll have the someone with the skills to address it," adding that the attorneys are "available, responsive and quick" in supplying answers.

The team's "longstanding ability to provide us with high quality on a consistent basis" is cited by a client, who further reports: "We've never had a contract blow up on us."

Value for money A number of interviewees are keen to stress that the practice's fees are "extremely reasonable, particularly with respect to the quality of the firm" and that this is "another big reason" for engaging the team. More than one commentator puts emphasis on the firm's ability to offer "a top-notch work product and advice at a regional fee structure."

Work highlights Handled an extensive range of transactional and contentious issues for The Williams Companies, including trademark and copyright litigation and patent and trademark prosecution both at home and abroad.

Acted for the Burford Corporation in the maintenance of its global IP portfolio, acting, often in conjunction with local experts, on patent and licensing mandates across six continents.

Significant clients Devon Energy, Marshall Brewing Company, Sonic, University of Oklahoma, Warren Theatres.

Notable practitioners

Practice head David Sullivan plays leading roles on several of the practice's key mandates, recently heading a Crowe & Dunlevy team which acted successfully for the defendants in a complex patent and trade secret dispute filed in the Western District of Oklahoma. Clients value him highly, not only for supplying "grounded advice and specific recommendations that make sense in the context of our business," but also for a "good bedside manner" that is notable for providing "information and evaluation distilled to an easily understandable level."

Drew Palmer focuses closely on transactional and contentious IP issues affecting the IT and internet sectors and led the team advising Alltech Communications on a number of patent enforcement matters. He draws praise from several sources, one of whom characterizes him as "a hell of an attorney with industry-specific experience who really understands both ends and gives perspectives on how to make improvements and manage risks."

Terry Watt is both a registered patent attorney and a seasoned litigator who acts additionally on copyright, trademark and trade secrets matters, maintaining a focus on the IT and other hi-tech spaces. Sources describe him as a "remarkable lawyer" of great practicality, one observing: "I would never hesitate to refer a matter to him."

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Dunlap Codding - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Respected boutique with a global clientele, partnering with companies of all sizes to provide long-term strategic and holistic IP portfolio management. Particularly noted for its high level of patent prosecution activity and representation of clients seeking to protect IP assets in the healthcare, life sciences, engineering and entertainment sectors. Also active on licensing, trade secrets and rights of publicity issues.

Strengths Sources report not only that "the team is good at achieving the desired results for the client," but also that it does so on a dependably consistent basis, one client stating: "Factors that influence our decision to engage Dunlap Codding include the long duration of the relationship, with a well-established history of positive results."

Referees also cite the team's "many years of experience in the IP sphere," characterizing it further as "very client-focused, practical and responsive."

Work highlights Acted on a comprehensive range of patent portfolio management issues for Nestlé Global, including the drafting of new patents, legacy prosecution and freedom to operate analyses.

Represented inkWELL Press, manufacturer of weekly planners, fitness logs and other organizational aids for working mothers, in trademark infringement proceedings against competitor Living Well Spending Less.

Significant clients Ashland, DePuy Synthes, Quibids Holdings, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, University of Oklahoma.

Notable practitioners

Sources "think very highly" of Marc Brockhaus, the team's head of electrical engineering and systems matters. Active on advisory, transactional and contentious issues, he is especially knowledgeable where computer-related and other technological issues are concerned and also heads the team advising Fake Bake on the maintenance of its worldwide trademark portfolio.

Managing director Nicholas Rouse takes the lead on mechanical engineering issues, including the representation of Maxcess International in the management and protection of its global trademark portfolio. He is described by one client as an attorney who is "well versed in the types of products invented at our company and extremely practical in his approach" and whose services are "in high demand."

Douglas Sorocco heads the practice, exercising a "very professional, cordial and cooperative" supervision of several of its key mandates, including the management of a wide range of patent and trademark issues for Pictometry International. He offers particularly extensive expertise in the life sciences and wider technology spheres.

Emily Campbell lately headed the team advising Midwest Organics on a variety of trademark-related matters and the acquisition of domain names owned by third parties. She leads the practice's trademark, copyright and e-commerce group and is praised by sources for her practicality and close focus on client requirements.

Department profile by Dunlap Codding

Dunlap Codding is home to a group of professionals with diverse scientific and legal acumen.  The philosophy of the firm is simple:  To listen and respond to each client’s unique needs with micro-customized services; to provide each client with an exemplary work product; and to help our clients create and protect robust intellectual property portfolios, vigorously pursued and properly grounded in science and law. From mechanical arts and life sciences to nanotechnology and optics and virtually every technical and scientific area in between, we’ve helped clients identify and protect their intellectual property. 

We maintain a wealth of experience in the areas of utility and design patents, intellectual property audits, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, Internet and e-commerce, licensing and technology transfer, technical asset evaluation, due diligence inquiries, patent and trademark litigation, and antitrust law.

Our work includes:

  • Patent Prosecution, Re-Examination And Post-Grant Proceedings

  • Patent Post-Grant Proceedings With The United States Patent Office

  • Strategic Patent Portfolio Development And Management

  • Copyright Licensing

  • Transactions

  • Trademark Licensing

  • Intellectual Property Issues Related To Federal Contracting

  • Licensing Of Trademark & Copyright Assets

  • Internet And E-Commerce Protection

  • Internet Domain Name Acquisition And Protection

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The firm has licensed complex process technology and engineering packages to licensee/manufacturers throughout the world in India, China, and Brazil. The firm’s work has included acquisition and divestiture of numerous businesses with global assets: transferring corresponding US and non-US patent, trademark, and technology portfolios with negotiated grant-back, non-assert, confidentiality, patent/TM maintenance and other related contractual obligations and restrictions.


Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, PC - Intellectual Property

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Comprehensive offering, well equipped to handle both transactional and contentious mandates, with a notably high capability for the representation of clients from the IT, electronic and bioscience sectors. Draws on good relationships with international firms to service client needs on a global basis and is actively developing its offering to hi-tech startup companies operating both within and outside Oklahoma.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate the fact that the firm "takes great care of its clients and its customer service is impeccable." Specific illustrations cited by contributors include being "extremely attentive to our needs, both in terms of task turnaround time and of sensitivity to fees and costs" and a tendency to be "more patient with explanations, so that the end result is easier to understand."

Sources also emphasize high-quality performance across the board, one speaking of "great lawyers, really good talent and the integrated approach of a full-service firm," another simply summing up: "We could not have been more pleased."

Work highlights Successfully represented The Bankers Bank in breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets litigation concerning its proprietary correspondent banking software, helping to secure a jury verdict at the end of a six-week trial.

Advised Zilkha Biomass Fuels on international patent prosecution and IP portfolio management issues affecting the marketing of its pellet fuel and animal feed products, a mandate including efforts to secure a patent in Norway.

Significant clients Biopath Laboratories, Digimedia.com, Fender Musical Instruments, HollyFrontier, University of Oklahoma.

Notable practitioners

Phillip Free co-heads the practice and acts primarily on contentious issues, lately representing Naturalock Solutions in a breach of contract dispute with Baxter Healthcare concerning patent protection for a newly developed product. Sources describe him as a source of "excellent advice and assistance" in general and further note the effectiveness of his "big-picture approach" when he acts as "the main strategist" on a case.

Practice co-head Randall McCarthy commands "the greatest respect" in this practice area as an "exceptional, top-notch patent prosecution attorney" with a close focus on IP asset development and portfolio management in the hi-tech IT and communications sectors. This includes overseeing the preparation and prosecution of patent applications for Seagate Technology, not only in a number of US states, but also in the UK and several Asian jurisdictions.

Julianna Deligans is a specialist in trademark issues, acting on the full range of registration, licensing and enforcement issues and hailed by market sources as a practitioner likely to achieve increasing prominence in this space. She has lately been active on copyright infringement issues, acting for Mashburn Faires Homes in two cases concerning alleged unpermitted use of architectural plans in the construction of single-family residences.

Michael Smith maintains a broad IP practice with an emphasis on the management of issues affecting clients in the biochemical, chemical and mechanical technology spheres, lately serving as a key member of a team advising flowline products manufacturer FlowValve in a $62 million trade secret misappropriation action. He is described by one client as "exceptional to work with," not only for his "impressive understanding of the trademark process" in numerous jurisdictions, but also for "always responding quickly and taking great care to ensure our organization is protected."

Department profile by Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, PC

The Intellectual Property Section at Hall Estill protects your ideas and keeps your innovations safe.

With backgrounds in science and engineering, we pair a tech-savvy understanding with a reputation for frank and friendly counsel. So from patents and trademarks, to litigation – you feel secure knowing what’s yours and what’s right, with a quality firm where you’re understood and protected.

We provide a wide range of Intellectual Property & Information Technology Law services covering trademarks, service marks, trade dress, trade secrets, copyrights and patents, both nationally and internationally. Working with sole proprietors, as well as large corporations, we efficiently and effectively deliver the legal services required to develop and protect clients' IP.

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McAfee & Taft - Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for Deep bench of experienced IP specialists, representing a substantially blue-chip clientele from, among others, the chemical, engineering and oil and gas sectors and able to draw on expertise from across the firm to provide a holistic service. Further noted for an excellent balance of transactional and contentious capabilities and well equipped to support increased activity on foreign protection issues through ready access to leading IP practices worldwide.

Strengths Referees are quick to praise the practice's ability to forge durable relationships with its clients. One source notes: "I've had no hesitation in sending them both routine and complex matters over many years." Another states: "We continue to use McAfee & Taft for IP matters because we know them, they know us and we can have face-to-face meetings at any time."

More than one interviewee testifies to the practice's adept handling of contentious or potentially contentious issues, one observing: "They're pretty well known for IP litigation, if needed - but I count on them to avoid it!"

Work highlights Represented Houston-based refiner and retailer of lubricants, petrochemicals and transportation fuels CITGO on a variety of IP portfolio issues, notably including coordination of a campaign to seize counterfeit products and close down other infringement activity across Asia.

Successfully represented Chesapeake Energy in proceedings brought by Digital Land Management Company alleging misuse of software co-developed by the contending parties and breach of contract. DLM's claims were dismissed with prejudice in two separate judgments.

Significant clients C&S Wholesale Grocers, Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, Seventy Seven Energy, Specialty Retailers, Tronox.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Rachel Blue is noted for her in-depth knowledge of trademark issues and of the workings of the USPTO, and leads the team advising Duck Commander and other Robertson family enterprises on the management of their IP issues. Sources identify her as a speedy provider of "very succinct advice which gets to the crux of the problem," one noting: "Her knowledge is seemingly endless and - best of all - is at the ready in every circumstance."

John Kenney is one of Oklahoma's most respected IP litigators, maintaining a particularly noted focus on patent-related cases. He is also active across a broad range of other practice area issues and lately headed the team acting for oilfield services provider Baker Hughes in proceedings concerning Summit ESP's alleged involvement in trademark infringement, false advertising, unfair competition and other deceptive practices.

Former practice head Michael LaBrie continues to direct the firm's biotech industry group and lately led teams handling several pieces of complex litigation, including the firm's successful defense of Chesapeake Energy in actions brought by Digital Land Management Company. His eminence in the IP sphere is acknowledged by both peers and clients, one of the latter stating: "I think very highly of him."

Clifford Dougherty offers over three decades of specialist IP experience, including a stint as practice head and regular involvement in chemical patent, trademark and contentious matters. One client says of him: "He is well experienced with us, our technology and our products and he does an excellent job."

Anthony Rahhal is acknowledged by peers as an attorney who does "a fine job" in the patent prosecution space, while clients speak approvingly of "his ability to add valuable strategic input to the decision-making process." An experienced handler of both transactional and contentious matters, he lately co-headed the practice's representation of oilfield services provider Halliburton, concentrating on the prosecution of its mechanical patents around the world.

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Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens, P.C. - Intellectual Property

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Boutique-style practice, backed by all the resources of a full-service firm, focusing on patent prosecution and trademark issues and offering nationwide experience on IP litigation up to US Supreme Court level. Acts regularly for clients from the hi-tech, life sciences and engineering sectors and has handled patent registration matters for clients in over 100 countries. Also active on trade secrets issues and noted for expertise across a varied range of technology types.

Strengths The practice commands an especially high degree of respect among its peers, sources laying special stress on its highly effective litigation capability. One observes: "Fellers Snider immediately comes to mind in a conflict. If I can't do something myself, I call them."

Notable practitioners

Of counsel Roy Breedlove is an IP litigator of over 30 years' standing, with experience spanning many states and a comprehensive range of copyright, patent, trademark and trade secrets issues. Especially expert in the handling of patent disputes, he has handled cases covering numerous engineering, medical, petrochemical and recreational technologies.

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Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens, P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Of counsel Roy Breedlove is an IP litigator of over 30 years' standing, with experience spanning many states and a comprehensive range of copyright, patent, trademark and trade secrets issues. Especially expert in the handling of patent disputes, he has handled cases covering numerous engineering, medical, petrochemical and recreational technologies.

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McAfee & Taft

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice head Rachel Blue is noted for her in-depth knowledge of trademark issues and of the workings of the USPTO, and leads the team advising Duck Commander and other Robertson family enterprises on the management of their IP issues. Sources identify her as a speedy provider of "very succinct advice which gets to the crux of the problem," one noting: "Her knowledge is seemingly endless and - best of all - is at the ready in every circumstance."

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Dunlap Codding

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources "think very highly" of Marc Brockhaus, the team's head of electrical engineering and systems matters. Active on advisory, transactional and contentious issues, he is especially knowledgeable where computer-related and other technological issues are concerned and also heads the team advising Fake Bake on the maintenance of its worldwide trademark portfolio.

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Phillip L Free Jr

Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Phillip Free co-heads the practice and acts primarily on contentious issues, lately representing Naturalock Solutions in a breach of contract dispute with Baxter Healthcare concerning patent protection for a newly developed product. Sources describe him as a source of "excellent advice and assistance" in general and further note the effectiveness of his "big-picture approach" when he acts as "the main strategist" on a case.

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McAfee & Taft

From the Chambers USA guide

John Kenney is one of Oklahoma's most respected IP litigators, maintaining a particularly noted focus on patent-related cases. He is also active across a broad range of other practice area issues and lately headed the team acting for oilfield services provider Baker Hughes in proceedings concerning Summit ESP's alleged involvement in trademark infringement, false advertising, unfair competition and other deceptive practices.

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McAfee & Taft

From the Chambers USA guide

Former practice head Michael LaBrie continues to direct the firm's biotech industry group and lately led teams handling several pieces of complex litigation, including the firm's successful defense of Chesapeake Energy in actions brought by Digital Land Management Company. His eminence in the IP sphere is acknowledged by both peers and clients, one of the latter stating: "I think very highly of him."

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Randall K McCarthy

Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice co-head Randall McCarthy commands "the greatest respect" in this practice area as an "exceptional, top-notch patent prosecution attorney" with a close focus on IP asset development and portfolio management in the hi-tech IT and communications sectors. This includes overseeing the preparation and prosecution of patent applications for Seagate Technology, not only in a number of US states, but also in the UK and several Asian jurisdictions.

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Dunlap Codding

From the Chambers USA guide

Managing director Nicholas Rouse takes the lead on mechanical engineering issues, including the representation of Maxcess International in the management and protection of its global trademark portfolio. He is described by one client as an attorney who is "well versed in the types of products invented at our company and extremely practical in his approach" and whose services are "in high demand."

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Douglas J Sorocco

Dunlap Codding

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Douglas Sorocco heads the practice, exercising a "very professional, cordial and cooperative" supervision of several of its key mandates, including the management of a wide range of patent and trademark issues for Pictometry International. He offers particularly extensive expertise in the life sciences and wider technology spheres.

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Crowe & Dunlevy, a Professional Corporation

From the Chambers USA guide

Practice head David Sullivan plays leading roles on several of the practice's key mandates, recently heading a Crowe & Dunlevy team which acted successfully for the defendants in a complex patent and trade secret dispute filed in the Western District of Oklahoma. Clients value him highly, not only for supplying "grounded advice and specific recommendations that make sense in the context of our business," but also for a "good bedside manner" that is notable for providing "information and evaluation distilled to an easily understandable level." 

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Crowe & Dunlevy, a Professional Corporation

From the Chambers USA guide

Terry Watt is both a registered patent attorney and a seasoned litigator who acts additionally on copyright, trademark and trade secrets matters, maintaining a focus on the IT and other hi-tech spaces. Sources describe him as a "remarkable lawyer" of great practicality, one observing: "I would never hesitate to refer a matter to him."

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Brown Patent Law, PLLC

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Dennis Brown of Brown Patent Law, PLLC has nearly 30 years' experience advising clients, not only on patent prosecution and litigation issues, but also on a wide range of copyright, trademark and trade secrets questions. Sources describe him as "a very good lawyer with excellent skills."

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Julianna Deligans

Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Julianna Deligans is a specialist in trademark issues, acting on the full range of registration, licensing and enforcement issues and hailed by market sources as a practitioner likely to achieve increasing prominence in this space. She has lately been active on copyright infringement issues, acting for Mashburn Faires Homes in two cases concerning alleged unpermitted use of architectural plans in the construction of single-family residences.

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Clifford C Dougherty, III

McAfee & Taft

From the Chambers USA guide

Clifford Dougherty offers over three decades of specialist IP experience, including a stint as practice head and regular involvement in chemical patent, trademark and contentious matters. One client says of him: "He is well experienced with us, our technology and our products and he does an excellent job."

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Harvey Law

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Derrick Harvey of Harvey Law in Ardmore operates a popular and respected, primarily transactional, IP practice, drawing praise for the high quality of his trademark work and attracting further notice for his experience of bioscience-related mandates. One peer says of him: "I refer conflicts to him and the clients come back happy."

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Law Office of Mary M. Lee

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Mary Lee is a veteran, Edmond-based sole practitioner, characterized by sources both as "a very fine patent attorney" and as a formidable advocate of her clients' interests who "does a good job" on their behalf.

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GableGotwals

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Todd Nelson of GableGotwals covers both transactional and contentious issues involving copyrights, patents, trademarks and trade secrets, one interviewee stressing that he is "particularly good on litigation in the trademark and patent areas." An experienced handler of cases in the courts of 12 states, he is especially familiar with issues involving automotive, recreational and food-related technologies.

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McAfee & Taft

From the Chambers USA guide

Anthony Rahhal is acknowledged by peers as an attorney who does "a fine job" in the patent prosecution space, while clients speak approvingly of "his ability to add valuable strategic input to the decision-making process." An experienced handler of both transactional and contentious matters, he lately co-headed the practice's representation of oilfield services provider Halliburton, concentrating on the prosecution of its mechanical patents around the world.

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Crowe & Dunlevy, a Professional Corporation

From the Chambers USA guide

Drew Palmer focuses closely on transactional and contentious IP issues affecting the IT and internet sectors and led the team advising Alltech Communications on a number of patent enforcement matters. He draws praise from several sources, one of whom characterizes him as "a hell of an attorney with industry-specific experience who really understands both ends and gives perspectives on how to make improvements and manage risks."

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Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Smith maintains a broad IP practice with an emphasis on the management of issues affecting clients in the biochemical, chemical and mechanical technology spheres, lately serving as a key member of a team advising flowline products manufacturer FlowValve in a $62 million trade secret misappropriation action. He is described by one client as "exceptional to work with," not only for his "impressive understanding of the trademark process" in numerous jurisdictions, but also for "always responding quickly and taking great care to ensure our organization is protected."

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Up and Coming

Dunlap Codding

From the Chambers USA guide

Emily Campbell lately headed the team advising Midwest Organics on a variety of trademark-related matters and the acquisition of domain names owned by third parties. She leads the practice's trademark, copyright and e-commerce group and is praised by sources for her practicality and close focus on client requirements.

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