Intellectual Property Law and Litigation

The Intellectual Property Law Practice Group of Frost Brown Todd includes over 50 professionals, including attorneys, registered patent attorneys, patent agents and paralegals. Our group includes registered patent practitioners with a wide range of technical backgrounds, including a number with advanced technical degrees. The group is made up of individuals who specialize in the areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, interactive media, advertising, and first amendment and media. FBT is a full-service intellectual property law practice providing clients with counseling, prosecution, licensing, litigation and portfolio management services. Because many of our lawyers have previous in-house experience, we excel at providing advice, which focuses on the business needs of our clients. We have a strong and well-known practice in the life sciences industry (including pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotechnology) and provide our clients with cutting-edge advice in the fast-developing arena of computer IP issues, interactive media, domain name disputes and copyright law.

Our attorneys regularly represent licensors and licensees in negotiating agreements for commercialization of intellectual property. We can help a client profit from the equity held in its brands and intellectual property, and we can help build the value of its products/services by negotiating uses of intellectual property assets.

Recognized Success and Experience in Intellectual Property Law

We have been recognized as one of the top patent practices in the region (Chambers USA Business Lawyers Guide, 2004-2016). Several of our lawyers have been recognized in such publications as Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and Ohio and Kentucky Super Lawyers as top practitioners in their field. In September of 2010, Frost Brown Todd was named one of eight “standout” law firms in IP litigation in the Litigation Outlook 2011 report published by Law360 and conducted by The BTI Consulting Group. Intellectual property law practice has been a core practice of Frost Brown Todd for over 30 years, which is quite unusual for a general practice firm. Our practice is well integrated into the firm’s related practice areas, including the corporate and international practices, giving our clients the benefit of a broad perspective in the protection of their intellectual property assets.

The Intellectual Property Group represents a broad range of patent clients, both large and small, including AK Steel, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, Intelligrated, Senco Products, Cincinnati Bell, Convergys, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Ethicon Endo-Surgery (Johnson & Johnson), totes Isotoner Corp., Kao Brands, Chiquita Brands, ACH Food Companies, Sunny Delight Beverages, Perfetti-Van Melle and Wild Flavors. Our clients include major universities, research hospitals and research institutes as well as companies ranging from Fortune 100 to start-ups.

It is of special significance that several of our attorneys have in-house legal experience. This background allows us to understand the legal, business and budget issues, which our clients face, and we bring that experience to the legal advice we provide. The department is chaired by Ann Schoen, formerly in-house patent counsel at GE, and vice-chaired by Steven Goldstein, formerly a patent attorney at P&G for 19 years, and ultimately serving as Associate General Counsel – Patents and World Patent Coordinator for Beauty Care. Clients report to us that they find particular value in our Intellectual Property attorneys’ in-house counsel and corporate experience. This experience benefits our clients as we share a common understanding of the legal, business and budgeting and process efficiency issues that clients face every day. We pride ourselves on being able to bring that corporate experience to the legal advice we provide.

Our Intellectual Property practice covers the full spectrum of our clients’ needs with these areas:

  • Interactive Media & Internet Law
  • Advertising Law
  • IP Litigation
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark and Copyright Law
  • Computer Systems & Software Development
  • Entertainment Law
  • First Amendment & Media

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Practice Highlights

“This firm [Frost Brown Todd] has a large IP practice, with particular strengths in patent protection and opinion, portfolio management and matters associated with M&A. It also has an active litigation practice. Many of its clients are to be found in the biomedical sphere; however, it also acts frequently on behalf of major food and beverage companies.

Frost Brown Todd provides sound strategic advice to its clients on IP rights protection and enforcement. Its expertise encompasses trademark and copyright matters, as well as patent litigation and license agreements. The team also benefits from the support of the firm's strong commercial litigation practice.” 

~ Chambers and Partners 2012

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