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Intellectual Property

Shipman & Goodwin’s full-service Intellectual Property practice advises companies of all sizes, at all stages of development and in a wide range of industries on how best to manage the unique intellectual property needs of their businesses. Whether providing general counseling to a startup company or representing a national corporation in a complex litigation, our attorneys are able to navigate the complexities and nuances of the law based on our business knowledge, technical skills and experience.

First and foremost, our accomplished attorneys possess a deep understanding of the critical role a company’s intellectual property plays in its success -- from its brand, to its products, to its customers, to its competitive place in the marketplace. We combine this with our extensive knowledge of intellectual property rights and experience handling a wide variety of intellectual property transactions and litigation to help our clients identify, acquire, secure, maintain and defend their intellectual property assets.

In the areas of intellectual property acquisition, protection and litigation, we counsel clients on trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, patent licensing and technology transfer. Our experience includes due diligence and audits; technology developments; outsourcing; systems integration; website development and hosting; and distance learning. We also negotiate and draft licensing and ownership transfer agreements; consulting agreements; proprietary rights and invention assignment agreements; R&D agreements; and non-disclosure and non-competition agreements.

When disputes or other claims arise, we work to resolve them with whatever methods minimize risk and make the most sense for a client’s business, whether it be mediation, arbitration, negotiating a settlement or litigating a case in court.

Our experience extends to most categories of technologies and products, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, genetics, medical devices, electronic and telecommunication devices.


Anti-Cybersquatting Claim
Federal Anti-Cybersquatting and Trademark Infringement Claims
Private Duty Technology License
Software Licensing Contract Negotiation for Healthcare Laboratory
Major Software Licensing Contract Negotiation for Regional Hospital
Software Licensing Contract Negotiation for Higher Education Organization
Technology Contract Negotiation for Manufacturing Company
Software License Contract Negotiation for Clinical Healthcare Organization
Successful Representation in Copyright Disputes
Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Federal Copyright Registrations
Settled Copyright infringement Case Prior to Trial
Resolved Copyright Infringement Dispute
Federal Copyright, Trade Dress and Trademark Infringement Action
Defense Against Violation of Copyrights
Online Contracting Model Development
Counseling and Development of Various Web and Business Agreements
Information Governance
Compliance with FTC's Red Flag Rules
Document Retention Policy Requirements
Personal Information Protection Requirements
Multistate Personal Information Protection Requirements
Intellectual Property Portfolio Management
Counseling, Prosecution and Management of Various Portfolios
Prosecution and Management of Trademark Portfolio
Mergers, Acquisitions & Joint Ventures
Acquisition of Specialty Finance Company by Texas-based Family Office
Patent Counseling
Successful Defense of Patent Infringement Claims
Favorable Settlement in Patent Infringement Case
Patent Infringement Representation
Favorable Terms Prior to Discovery in Patent Infringement Case
Foreign Patent Litigation
Prosecution of Patent Infringement
Defense of Patent Infringement Claims
Trade Secrets
Successful Defense of Breach of Joint Venture Charges and Theft of Trade Secrets Claim for $15 Million
Lawsuit Alleging Misappropriation and Attempt to Sell Trade Secrets
Statutory Theft of Trade Secrets Action
Defense against Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims
Theft of Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition
Stolen and Reproduced Goods
Enforcement of Non-Competition Agreements and Trade Secret Rights
Non-Compete Enforcement
Multi-Brand Trademark Portfolio
Global Brand Trademark Portfolio
Trademark Portfolio Management
Successful Trademark Opposition Involving Convergence of Technology
Federal Certification Mark Prosecutions Against Counterfeiting Doctors
Trademark Infringement and False Statement of Origin Case
Settlement Reached in Trademark Infringement Suit
Settlement in Trademark Infringement Action
Prosecution of Trademark Rights and Non-competition Covenants Violations
Defense of Trademark Infringement Claims
Trademark and Trade Dress Infringement Case
Clothing Trademark Infringement Suit
Trademark Opposition Proceedings at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
Defense of Trademark Infringement Case Brought by Foreign Manufacturer
Obtained Ex Parte Federal Court Seizure Order
Successful Affiliation of Two Major Healthcare Organizations
Purchase of a Global Branded Internet Advertising Business
Enforcing Trademarks and Non-Competition Obligation
Theft of Trade Secrets and Unfair Trade Practices
Theft of Trade Secrets
Prosecuted Patent Infringement Claims
Breach of Non-Competition and Non-Disclosure Agreements Suits


September 26, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: The DMCA Safe Harbor - Protecting Your Company from Claims of Online Copyright Infringement
September 12, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: Employment Contracts and Non-Competes
November 9, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: Intellectual Property Issues in Social Media
September 20, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: Cybersquatting Basics - Protecting Your Trademark Online
June 22, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: FTC Advertising and Marketing Compliance Basics
May 16, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: Intellectual Property Basics: Protecting Your Company's Trade Secrets and Goodwill - Trade Secrets, Confidentiality Agreements and Non-Competes
April 12, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: Intellectual Property Basics: Protecting Your Company's Intangible Assets - Copyright, Trademark and Patent
December 3, 2016  Women in IP Care
June 24, 2014  THE NEW "STAR" WARS: When Your Top Performers Come or Go - Best Practices in CT & NY For Using Non-Competes and Protecting Your Trade Secrets
July 17, 2013  Hiring Competitors' Employees, Enforcing Non-Competes and Protecting Trade Secrets in a Social Media Age
April 15, 2013  What You Need to Know About Copyright, Patents and Trademarks
March 30 - April 1, 2012  Startup Weekend Stamford
November 19-20, 2010  2010 Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE)/Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) Convention
November 6, 2010  Southern California Mediation Association's 22nd Annual Fall Conference
October 19, 2010  Subpoenas: What You Need To Know To Respond
August 8, 2010  Protection Against Third Party Adoption of Trademarks on Social Media
August 6, 2010  Hollywood Goes Virtual: Using Virtual World Concepts and Content in Films
April 1, 2010  Protecting The Business Jewels
March 8, 2010  Beyond Patents: Using Trade Secrets and Copyrights to Safeguard Your Information
June 8, 2009  "An ADR Professional’s Guide: Health Care Industry Cultural Differences and Regulatory ADR Framework"
May 8, 2009  Protecting Intellectual Property: What Corporate Counsel and the General Practitioner Need to Know in an Uncertain Economy
April 3, 2009  Best Practices: Developing a Presence in the Virtual World
February 12, 2009  Introduction to Copyright Law
September 10, 2008  Mandated Safeguards for Personal Information Seminar - Stamford
September 9, 2008  Mandated Safeguards for Personal Information Seminar - Hartford
June 25, 2008  "Ombuds and Other Alternatives to Preventing, Managing and Resolving Disputes"
June 11, 2008  INTA Administrators' Roundtable
June 11, 2008  Trademark Administrators Roundtable
May 23, 2007  E-Discovery for Health Care Providers
April 25, 2007  P2P Downloading of Musical Recordings: A Legal Update
October 19, 2006  Alliance for Connecticut Technology 3rd Annual Innovation Day and Award Dinner
September 28, 2005  Alliance for Connecticut Technology Innovation Fair
September 19, 2005  Federal Civil Practice & Procedure
April 14, 2005  Legal Issues in Marketing and Advertising
April 3, 2004  An Overview of Legal Forms of Business, Intellectual Property, Contracts and Leases and Protecting Business Interests
October 23, 2003  Internet Liability and Exposures Inherent to Doing Business on the Web
October 9, 2003  Legal Issues in Marketing and Advertising
February 10, 2003  A Practical Guide to Federal Court Rules and Procedures in Connecticut
October 4, 2002  Copyright and Technology Law
June 16, 2000  Financing the Enterprises of the Internet: Using Intellectual Property as Collateral For a Loan
March 2000  The Curious Case of - A Case Study in Intellectual Property Financing
March 2000  Surfing the Law: Real-Time Applications of Proposed Intellectual Statutes
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