Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets

We help clients leverage and protect their most valuable IP assets.

We regularly advise clients on the clearance, selection, development, prosecution, enforcement, and transaction of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and other property rights, with a special focus on structuring technology agreements that reflect a practical business perspective.

Recognizing that IP is a global business asset, we have established an international network of lawyers who work with us to protect our clients’ IP rights around the world. We represent clients in all phases of IP infringement litigation and advocate aggressively on their behalf in administration proceedings, arbitrations, and litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country.

In addition, we coordinate with colleagues across our firm to deliver advice that helps our clients meet their broader business objectives while maximizing the market value of their IP assets. We also help companies accelerate their market penetration through strategic business alliances that leverage their IP strengths, as well as through licensing agreements that extend and protect their ownership rights. By applying our understanding of the commercial realities behind technology use and its application, we help clients achieve business-oriented results—in the marketplace and in the courtroom.

Our Clients

  • General business counsel
  • In-house counsel
  • Technology transfer managers
  • Inventors
  • Investors
  • Health care, biotechnology, telecommunications, medical device, solar, fiber optic network, mechanical, and electromechanical arts companies

Our Services

  • Research, investigation, analysis, and opinions regarding patentability, infringement, design-around, current awareness, and due diligence studies
  • Research, investigation, and opinions as to the availability of and ability to register and protect trademarks and trade dress
  • Prosecution of applications for registration and procurement of patents, trademarks, and copyrights
  • Comprehensive IP litigation, from infringement lawsuits to trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • Protection of trade secrets and confidential information through agreements and litigation
  • Assistance with technology transactions
  • Licensing of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, technology, computer software, and other protected material
  • Technical assistance and advice in all aspects of intellectual property, including scope and strength, title monetization, and disclosure and invention submission procedures
  • Due diligence analysis in mergers and acquisitions that leverage client IP strengths
  • Litigation of high-profile corporate technology cases

News Releases

02.20.2019Abdurrahman Mustapha Joins Shumaker
01.11.2019Patrick Horne Joins Shumaker
08.02.2018Doug Miller Reappointed to Boards of Northwestern Water & Sewer District and Rossford Transportation Improvement District
07.11.2018Doug Miller Appointed to Search Committee at LaunchPad Incubation
05.17.2018Christina E. Disch Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
03.29.2018Doug Miller Re-Elected President of WCEDC Board
01.03.2018Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Moves into the Michigan Market
07.11.2017Walmart Ordered to Pay $1.69 Million In Attorneys' Fees In "Exceptional" Trademark Case
05.01.2017Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
01.06.2017Shumaker Listed Among Law360's Top 10 Trademark Rulings of 2016
11.16.2016Shumaker Earns National and Regional Rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2017
08.10.2016Tivoli Homes of Sarasota Prevails in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit against Medallion Homes Gulf Coast
06.06.2016Michele Leo Hintson and Thomas E. Toner Spoke at the Pasco EDC BizGrow 2.0 Conference
05.18.2016Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Recognized by Mecklenburg County Bar for Pro Bono Work
11.12.2015Shumaker Earns “Best Law Firm” Rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2016
11.12.2015Christina Davidson Trimmer Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
11.06.2014Shumaker Celebrates New Office at University of South Florida Incubator
11.03.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Receives Metropolitan First-Tier Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2015
10.20.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Attorneys, Cherry and Smith, Speak at SAMA Dinner
06.20.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces the Addition of Patent Attorneys
11.06.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Receives Metropolitan First-Tier Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2014
11.05.2012Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Ranked Among “Best Law Firms” in U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® Guide


09.20.2017Client Alert: FTC Gives Guidance in Slaying the Data Breach Dragon
07.26.2017Client Alert: New Amazon Brand Registry Released – A Tool for Brand Protection
06.07.2017Client Alert: Top Ten Urban Legends of Intellectual Property
02.09.2017"Why Should I Register My Trademarks?"
12.22.2016Client Alert: New TTAB Rule Changes Take Effect in 2017
05.12.2016Client Alert: New Federal Trade Secrets Law Brings Major Implications for Trade Secret Owners and Their Employees
04.25.2016Client Alert:  A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME - Implications for Brand Owners of Proposed Rule Changes in the TTAB and the Actual Effects of the Supreme Court’s Decision in B&B Hardware One Year Later
12.01.2014"Federal Cause of Action for Trade Secret Theft on the Horizon"
12.01.2014"Warranties of Noninfringement and Allocation of Infringement Risk"
Summer 2013"Fairly Fair Use," Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, New York State Bar Association, Summer 2013, Vol. 24, No. 2
11.01.2012"Issues in Cross-Border Trademark Protection"
05.01.2012"Another Blow Struck to Method Patents"
February 2009Smith, J.A. and C.A.D. Wilson, February 2009. Business Method Patents After In re: Bilski: Should Your Strategy Change? Atlanta Bar Association Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Section Newsletter
September 2008Co-Author, "So Your Client Has Intellectual Property Questions. What do you do?" DICTA, a Knoxville Bar Association Publication
July 2008Smith, J.A. and C.A.D. Wilson, July 2008. What Businesses and Individuals Must Consider About Patents. Atlanta Bar Association Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Section Newsletter
2007Smith, J.A., L.A. Bannister, V. Bhattacharjee, Y. Wang, B.C. Waldman, and A.S. Waldman, 2007.  Accurate Homologous Recombination is a Prominent Double-Strand Break Repair Pathway in Mammalian Chromosomes and is Modulated by Mismatch Repair Protein Msh2. Mol. Cell Biol., 27(22): 7816-27
2006Smith, J.A.  The Interaction of the 35 U.S.C. § 102(b) On-Sale Bar and IP Licensing, Differentiating Licenses From Commercial Sales. 11 J. Tech. L. & Pol'y 313 (2006)
2005Smith, J.A., B.C. Waldman and A.S. Waldman, 2005. A Role for DNA mismatch Repair Protein MSH2 in Error-Prone Double-Strand Break Repair in Mammalian Chromosomes. Genetics, 170(1): 355-63
2004Smith, J.A. and A.S. Waldman, 2004.  Determination of Intrachromosomal Recombination Rates in Cultured Mammalian Cells. Methods in Molecular Biology; Protocols in Recombination.  Humana Press, 13-24

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