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At Klarquist, we are distinguished by the deep technical knowledge we bring to each of our practice areas. Many of our professionals hold advanced degrees and bring industry experience to their work from the private and public sectors.

Practice Areas

Patents

Patents

Litigation

Litigation

Trademarks

Trademarks

Copyrights

Copyrights

Intellectual Property Counseling

Intellectual Property Counseling

Licensing & Technology Transfer

Licensing & Technology Transfer

Post-Grant USPTO Proceedings

Post-Grant USPTO Proceedings

Outsourced “In-House” IP Counsel

Outsourced “In-House” IP Counsel

Startups & Emerging Businesses

Startups & Emerging Businesses

Trade Secrets

Trade Secrets

Domain Disputes

Domain Disputes

Technology & Science Areas

Agriculture & Food Science

Agriculture & Food Science

We have extensive experience in providing various IP law services to Fortune 500 and world leading companies in the food science industry. In addition, we have considerable experience in counseling clients on how best to protect their agriculture-related technology, whether it be pursuing a utility patent or a plant patent, protection under the Plant Variety Protection Act, trademark protection, or any combination thereof depending upon the particular technology and the client’s needs.

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Ramon A. Klitzke II
Wayne W. Rupert
Tanya M. Harding, Ph.D.

We have professionals with expertise in areas such as:

  • Plant and microorganism genetics
  • Plant growth and development
  • Genetically modified plants and microorganisms
  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides
  • Bioprocessing technology
  • Bioreactor technology
  • Fermentation technology
  • Biofuels
  • Protein and enzyme engineering
  • Genetically modified feed supplements
  • Microbiology
  • Protecting and enforcing food product trademarks
  • Protecting food product shapes
  • Developing and protecting food products
  • Food processing equipment
  • Packaging food products
  • Preserving food products
  • Monitoring food quality

Chemical

Chemical

The firm represents domestic and international organizations in chemical patent matters, including small start-up companies, major corporations, universities, and government agencies seeking to protect a variety of chemical technologies. The attorneys within our Chemical Group have a strong chemical background in academia and/or private industry.

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Richard J. Polley
Stacey C. Slater
Lisa M. Caldwell
Wayne W. Rupert

We have an extensive practice in virtually every field of chemistry, including:

  • Organic and inorganic chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Nanotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Metallurgy
  • Semiconductor devices and processing
  • Materials science

Consumer Products

Consumer Products

Consumer products come in all shapes and sizes, and cover many different technology areas. Fortunately, the technological backgrounds of the attorneys at Klarquist are equally diverse. Whether the primary technology of your product is mechanical, electrical, chemical, or software (or some combination thereof), our attorneys have the technical knowledge and experience to understand how your product works and advise you of the best manner in which to protect your innovation.

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Ramon A. Klitzke II
Deakin T. Lauer

The firm’s Consumer Products Group has obtained patents for clients in areas such as:

  • Sporting goods
  • Footwear and apparel
  • Food sciences
  • Nutrition and health services
  • Consumer electronics
  • Automotive equipment and accessories

Electrical & Semiconductors

Electrical & Semiconductors

The professionals in Klarquist’s Electrical & Semiconductors Group have the knowledge and experience to offer exceptional service to clients across all facets of circuit design, verification, and fabrication. Several of the professionals in the group have advanced degrees in electrical engineering or physics, and many have significant industry experience. Because of our diverse backgrounds and years of experience, we are able to provide prosecution, opinion, and litigation services in a broad range of electrical and semiconductor technologies.

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Patrick M. Bible
Lisa M. Caldwell
Wayne Rupert
Robert F. Scotti

Our work has involved a wide range of technologies such as:

  • Digital and analog circuit design and verification
  • Quantum computing hardware
  • Antenna technologies
  • Field programmable gate arrays
  • Circuit simulators and emulators
  • Behavioral and logic synthesis
  • Network switches
  • Opto-electronics
  • Computer peripherals
  • Signal processing techniques
  • RF amplifier
  • Power systems
  • Photovoltaic cells
  • Technologies related to analog devices, digital devices, wafer fabrication, chip fabrication, and chip packaging and assembly

Green Technology & Renewable Energy

Green Technology & Renewable Energy

Companies engaged in renewable energy technologies and other “green” technologies are at the forefront of innovation in the race for better, more sustainable solutions to the problems and needs of our modern world. With ever-increasing competition in these technologies, both domestic and foreign, protecting the intellectual property of these companies can be critical to their success. At Klarquist, we can help you develop and protect your company’s intellectual property, and assert or defend your rights against others if necessary. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to offer exceptional service in a wide variety of sustainable and energy technologies, including bioenergy technologies, green building technologies, efficient energy use and storage technologies, and alternative energy solutions.

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Michael P. Girard
Wayne Rupert

We have professionals with expertise in fields such as:

  • Wind turbines
  • Solar energy systems
  • Hydropower
  • Smart electricity grids
  • Fuel cells
  • Biofuels
  • Electric vehicles
  • Smart metering
  • Water desalination
  • Green building materials and systems

Life Sciences & Biotechnology

Life Sciences & Biotechnology

Klarquist professionals have the cross-disciplinary expertise to help our life science clients protect their inventions. As patent counsel for federal laboratories such as the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as many life sciences companies and leading universities worldwide, the firm works with leading researchers in diverse fields of life sciences.

Most of the professionals in Klarquist’s Life Sciences & Biotechnology Group have doctoral degrees, and many have considerable post-doctoral training. They have the technical and legal experience to effectively communicate with Life Science clients and translate cutting edge technology into effective patent protection.

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William D. Noonan, M.D.
Tanya M. Harding, Ph.D.
Sheree L. Rybak, Ph.D.

Our Life Science & Biotechnology professionals have expertise in fields such as:

  • Antibodies, vaccines, and immunology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical Devices
  • Drug screening and formulation
  • Pharmaceuticals, biologicals, and diagnostic agents and treatments for many different diseases such as cancer, infectious disease (e.g., HIV and Ebola), neurodegenerative conditions (e.g., Alzheimer’s) and immune disorders
  • Gene therapy techniques and DNA diagnostics
  • Molecular biology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Ophthalmology and physiologic optics
  • Physics
  • Software for medical devices
  • Stem Cells
  • Surgical devices and methods

Mechanical

Mechanical

The Klarquist professionals in the Mechanical Group have a broad range of experience and skills. In addition to having degrees in engineering or the sciences, many of the attorneys in the Mechanical Group have private sector work experience for technology companies. These attorneys are able to understand a broad range of mechanical technologies and provide patent advice to our clients in diverse mechanical fields.

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Michael P. Girard
Ramon A. Klitzke II

The firm has helped clients to obtain patents in a wide array of mechanical technologies, including:

  • Advanced medical and dental equipment
  • Vehicles and vehicular components
  • Consumer products (including sporting goods, housewares, personal electronics, etc.)
  • Process control equipment
  • Papermaking and wood products manufacturing
  • Construction equipment and materials
  • Semiconductor testing and processing equipment
  • Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Food technology

Medical Devices & Diagnostics

Medical Devices & Diagnostics

Klarquist offers unique expertise in the field of medical devices and diagnostics. The group is directed by a physician patent attorney who brings clinical experience and practical insight to our work. The firm’s experienced Life Sciences Group provides a wealth of technical knowledge to help clients protect the most sophisticated medical devices. From surgical instruments to non-invasive diagnostic tools, from spectroscopic analysis to laser-based technologies, Klarquist offers patent expertise and practical advice.

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William D. Noonan, M.D.
Jeffrey B. Haendler

We have professionals with expertise in areas such as:

  • Medical imaging systems
  • Diagnostic instruments
  • Surgical devices and accessories
  • Prosthetic heart valves and stents
  • Pacemakers
  • Implantable drug delivery devices
  • Orthodontics
  • Endoscopic devices
  • Spinal implants
  • Neurostimulation devices
  • Ultrasound-enhanced thrombolysis systems

Mobile Devices & Applications

Mobile Devices & Applications

Klarquist’s Mobile Devices & Applications Group has deep experience in a wide variety of mobile technologies, including both hardware and software inventions. Our professionals have an extensive knowledge of a variety of mobile platforms, operating systems, and user interface paradigms.

Most of the attorneys and agents in the group have a computer engineering, electrical engineering, or computer science degree, and several have work experience in software development or hardware design.

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Robert F. Scotti
Gregory L. Maurer

Klarquist has filed hundreds of mobile device applications in the following areas:

  • Operating system features
  • Mapping technology
  • Social media applications
  • APIs
  • User Interface features
  • Gaming
  • Enterprise applications
  • Payment schemes

Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology

Klarquist’s Nanotechnology Group comprises attorneys in the Physics & Optics, Electrical & Semiconductors, Life Sciences, Chemical, Software & Internet Technology, and Mechanical groups who have particular ability to cross conventional disciplinary bounds of these respective fields in the manner required for understanding nanotechnology.

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Lisa M. Caldwell
Stacey C. Slater

The firm’s diverse nanotechnology work to date has included:

  • Biomedical devices
  • Medical imaging techniques
  • Biological micro-arrays and “chips” including nucleic-acid, polypeptide, antibody, and metabolite arrays
  • Nanotube technologies including fabrication of nanotube arrays and structures, individual nanotubes, nanotubes as used in microelectronics, nanotubes as used in sensors, nanotube-containing polymers, and nanopolymetrics
  • Nanostructures other than nanotubes
  • Nanocomposites
  • Microchemical microfactories
  • Microfluidics
  • Synthesis of nanofibers, nanofilms, and nanoparticles (including metal nanoparticles)
  • MEMS
  • Micro-optical arrays
  • Nanostructural drug-delivery vehicles
  • Microthermodynamic devices and structures

Physics & Optics

Physics & Optics

The attorneys in Klarquist’s Physics & Optics Group are highly skilled in providing physics-related patent services. Our Physics & Optics professionals bring a combination of both technical training and industrial knowledge. This allows the firm to provide high-quality patent prosecution services across a wide range of physics-related technologies. The Physics & Optics Group has prosecuted and obtained patents ranging from sunglasses to next-generation microlithography, from light valves to cutting-edge display technologies, and from spectroscopy to complex medical imaging systems.

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Michael D. Jones, Ph.D.
Patrick M. Bible

We have professionals with expertise in areas such as:

  • EUV and X-ray lithography
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Lens designs
  • Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers
  • Fiber optic sensors
  • Quantum cryptography and communications
  • Quantum computing
  • Free space optical communication systems
  • Interferometers
  • Laser ranging and radar systems
  • Imaging polarimeters
  • Projection systems
  • Resolution enhancement techniques for optical lithography
  • Yield analysis and optimization for semiconductor manufacturing
  • Radiography
  • Particle beam imaging
  • Pulsed fiber lasers
  • Laser line beam systems and multi-beam processing
  • Laser patterning
  • Optical fibers and fiber manufacturing
  • High power/high brightness laser diodes
  • Millimeter wave systems
  • Magnetic resonance imaging

Plants

Plants

Klarquist is well-known nationally and internationally for our work involving plant patents and related intellectual property matters. We are among a select few law firms in the United States that obtain a substantial number of plant patents each year for clients. The firm’s experience in this area extends over decades.

Klarquist represents a number of world-renowned growers and breeders of plants, ranging from flowering plants, such as roses, to fruit trees, ornamental trees, grasses, and shrubs. The firm has served these clients in obtaining plant patents and Plant Variety Protection Certificates in the United States, as well as working with foreign associates in assisting clients to obtain Plant Breeders’ Rights Certificates in foreign countries and regions. Klarquist prepares numerous license agreements and assignments for plant patent owners and assists clients in protecting trademarks for use in connection with plants.

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David P. Petersen
Sheree L. Rybak, Ph.D

We represent our clients in all areas of plant protections:

  • Plant patents
  • Plant Variety Protection Certificates
  • Plant Breeders’ Rights Certificates
  • License agreements and assignments for plant patent owners
  • Protecting trademarks for use in connection with plants

Software & Internet Technology

Software & Internet Technology

Klarquist’s Software & Internet Technology Group is adept at working with differing software and Internet technology needs. We work with clients to determine their goals, and how best to meet them. Our professionals speak the language of software and Internet technology, and are comfortable working with a client’s inventors and handling matters involving complex technology. Most of the attorneys and agents in this group have a computer engineering, electrical engineering, or computer science degree, and several have work experience in software development.

The group has extensive domestic and foreign patent experience representing many industry-leading software and Internet technology companies. For example, Klarquist has proudly served as patent prosecution and litigation counsel for Microsoft Corporation since 1991. As an industry leader in the design and development of innovative computer technology, Microsoft’s efforts are reflected in a range of technological advances in areas such as operating systems, software development platforms and tools, Web services, knowledge management, natural language processing, privacy, security, and networking.

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Gregory L. Maurer
John D. Vandenberg

The firm’s Software & Internet Technology Group has obtained patents for clients in areas such as:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computer graphics
  • Data compression
  • Distributed computing
  • E-commerce
  • Electronic design automation
  • Encryption
  • Security
  • Internet technology
  • Object-oriented programming
  • Compilers
  • Operating systems
  • Networking
  • User interfaces
  • Computer peripherals