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Intellectual Property

Bracewell’s top-ranked intellectual property attorneys are intimately familiar with the issues facing our clients and the industries in which they do business. Our patent attorneys have technical degrees in chemical, electrical, mechanical, industrial, and biomedical engineering, as well as computer science, chemistry, and biochemistry. In addition, they have advanced degrees in chemistry, physiology, pharmacology, and mechanical and electrical engineering. Prior to joining the firm, many of our lawyers built highly successful careers at research institutions, regulatory agencies, and major public and private companies operating in the cleantech, energy, finance, high-technology, and manufacturing sectors.

This combination of technical, business and legal experience has provided us with an in-depth, first-hand understanding of the needs of our clients. Our seasoned attorneys provide comprehensive, trusted legal counsel in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent prosecution and enforcement, licensing, technology transfers and joint venture agreements. We also advise clients with regard to the registration and protection of other intellectual property rights through trademarks, service marks, trade names, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, and other proprietary information. 

For many of our clients, intellectual assets are the core around which their businesses are built. We work closely with attorneys throughout the firm to provide legal solutions with respect to company formation, debt and equity financing, environmental and regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution and litigation, audits, due diligence, and other business concerns.

The strength of Bracewell’s IP and litigation practices is regularly recognized by industry and media organizations, for their work at the leading edge of law and technology. The firm's practice and its attorneys are ranked among the top in intellectual property work by Chambers and Partners USA (2006-2012), The Legal 500 US (Intellectual Property, 2007-2008, 2011-2012), and the PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook (2008-2012). In 2011, the firm was recognized for patent litigation by IAM Magazine and for licensing by IAM Licensing 250. The Legal Alliance Summit ranks Bracewell “USA Rising Star: Intellectual Property & Information Technology” in the International Legal Awards, 2011. Bracewell’s trial practice was ranked among the best in Texas by Benchmark: America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys published by Euromoney Institutional Investor, 2008. For 2007-2008, American Lawyer Media named Bracewell as a "Go-To Law Firm" in intellectual property patent counseling based on a survey of top general counsel from the nation's largest corporations. U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers 2010 Best Law Firms ranks Bracewell in its national ranking in Litigation – Intellectual Property (Tier 2) and also ranks our Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent and Patent Law (all Tier 2) in the Houston metropolitan ranking, 2011. Billed as a "world-class, top-notch" team, the firm's IP attorneys offer "a consistent level of professionalism and commitment to excellence." (Legal 500, 2011)