Intellectual Property




In today’s competitive global marketplace, technologies and products are being developed at an extraordinary rate, resulting in challenges to intellectual property (IP) growth and maintenance. Having skilled counsel knowledgeable in the underlying sciences and technologies of innovations has become critical. Dechert attorneys are adept at all aspects of IP protection, including idea development; patent prosecution and portfolio enhancement; trademark, trade secret and copyright protection; and licensing arrangements. Our global network of professionals prosecute patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), before various regional and national patent offices, including the European Patent Office (EPO) and in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. We also litigate IP matters in U.S. and European courts.

Our intellectual property attorneys regularly protect our clients’ interests throughout the world, devising strategies to enhance their market position and protect them from infringement and unfair competition.

Dechert’s IP lawyers represent clients in IP litigation, counseling and transactional matters. We focus on the priorities and needs of our clients, delivering strategies and results that align with their business objectives. Comprised of lawyers who combine decades of IP experience with training in science, technology, engineering, medicine and business, our fluency in sophisticated subject matter affords our clients an advantage in court and at the negotiating table.

Indeed, Corporate Counsel magazine hailed Dechert as a “go-to law firm” for intellectual property. Legal ranking referral guides Chambers USA and Chambers UK also have selected Dechert as a leading law firm for IP. Our transactional lawyers have been referred to as “outstanding” by Legal 500, which has also recognized us as a leading firm handling patent litigation before the International Trade Commission. In addition, The Best Lawyers in America has recognized a number of our lawyers as leaders in the fields of intellectual property law, biotechnology law and technology law. Benchmark Litigation, Chambers and Legal 500 have all praised individual lawyers in Dechert’s IP practice as being among the top in their field.


Dechert’s IP litigators handle patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and IP/antitrust disputes. Our litigation experience across jurisdictions and tribunals is extensive, encompassing the patent “rocket docket” jurisdictions, the International Trade Commission (ITC), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and its Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), as well as numerous U.S. state courts and courts in the United Kingdom and Europe. In addition, we have served as co-counsel in trials arising in China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, France, Belgium, Italy and Brazil, among other countries. We draw on this experience in developing venue-specific litigation strategies for our clients.

We also offer a depth of experience representing companies across industries, handling litigation that involves a variety of scientific and technical subjects. Our adeptness in this regard is enhanced by our credentials. Many of our attorneys hold Ph.D., M.D. or advanced engineering and scientific degrees, served in a federal clerkship or have post-doctoral research fellowship and in-house corporate experience, affording us with the short learning curve and subject matter sophistication that often play a determinative role in IP litigation. Having litigated for and against leading companies across a range of industries, we also bring an industry-insider perspective that enhances our ability to advise clients in tactical decision-making.

Our skills have contributed to our lengthy track record of litigation victories across all areas of our IP litigation practice. We are also experienced at assisting clients in accomplishing their objectives outside of the courtroom. Our shrewd negotiators help clients save money and preserve their goodwill while entering into licensing and settlement agreements that have delivered more long-term benefits and favorable results than those likely from litigation.


Dechert’s IP counseling attorneys offer business-oriented counseling and strategic advice on securing, recording, managing and protecting patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights. We also offer IP advice our clients on data protection and data privacy. Representing clients ranging from pre-public and discovery-stage start-ups to large publicly traded companies with an international presence, we provide IP counseling services to support our clients throughout their corporate lifespan. Our focus is on helping them create IP strategies that align with corporate vision, secure protection for core assets and deliver competitive advantage and long-term value.


We provide a comprehensive range of transactional services to all types of developers, owners, licensors, licensees and buyers of IP. These services extend to guiding clients through IP issues involved in strategic alliances, collaborative developments, joint ventures, licenses, service agreements, mergers and acquisitions and outsourcing arrangements. Our clients turn to us for our extensive transactional experience and detailed knowledge of the IP and technical issues at the core of their transactions.