International Intellectual Property
HRFM assists our U.S. clients in protecting their IP abroad and assists our international clients in obtaining protections here in the U.S. We work with each client to understand the client's unique needs and then develop a global strategy for the protection of the client's IP based on those needs. HRFM also manages the international IP portfolios of clients and strategically advises their IP position based on client goals.
With regard to patent prosecution, firm practitioners handle Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) filings and prosecution, and direct the procurement of patents in individual foreign countries through international law firms. We commonly manage our U.S. clients' patent prosecution in Europe, Japan, Canada, China, Israel, Australia and many other jurisdictions around the world.
The firm also handles the protection of client trademarks and service marks through the Madrid System for the international registration of marks; regional trademark systems, such as the European Community Trademark system; and directly through our associates in individual countries.
For our international clients, the firm secures IP protection in the U.S., including patent, trademark and copyright protections, among others. Additionally, the firm manages IP due diligence studies for foreign clients, including venture capital firms; handles complex litigations in the U.S. for our international clients; and has a network of foreign associates for handling litigation abroad for our U.S. clients.