Electrical & Computer
Brinks attorneys use their backgrounds and experience in electrical engineering, electronics, physics, computer science and engineering to counsel clients on the most effective intellectual property protection for their electrical and computer technologies. We also help our clients assess the intellectual property rights of others, and we minimize the risk of conflict with those rights by conducting validity and infringement analyses and right-to-use investigations. When litigation cannot be avoided, our lawyers skillfully manage highly complex patent and trade secret litigation.
Areas of Expertise
Skilled preparation and prosecution of patent applications requires a team that is both aware of developments in the law and that knows the technology that today's companies are seeking to protect. Equally importantly, attorneys prosecuting patents need deep familiarity with the workings of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and must have an effective system for monitoring and guiding applications as they move through the Patent Office.
Many of our attorneys have not only industry technical experience in the design of computer hardware, analog and digital circuitry, and software, but also have advanced degrees in electrical and computer engineering and physics. This allows us to provide valuable counsel to clients on the most effective means of protecting, using and maximizing their inventions and other intellectual property assets. In addition, our proprietary Flash Docket system provides nearly real-time access to actions that the Patent Office is taking on patent applications. Flash Docket feeds a robust docketing system that centrally manages tens of thousands of patent applications. This combination is without rival in the industry.
U.S. Pat. No. 7,057,958
Method and system for temperature compensation for memory cells with temperature-dependent behavior
U.S. Pat. No. 8,077,873
System for active noise control with adaptive speaker selection
U.S. Pat. No. 8,103,467
Determination of distribution transformer voltages based on metered loads
U.S. Pat. No. 7,573,955
Digital phase locked loop for sub-. technologies
U.S. Pat. No. 8,072,967
VoIP call routing information registry including hash access mechanism
U.S. Pat. No. 8,112,655
Mesosynchronous data bus apparatus and method of data transmission
U.S. Pat. No. 6,269,361
System and method for influencing a position on a search result list generated by a computer network search engine
U.S. Pat. No. 8,098,933
Method and apparatus for partitioning an object from an image
U.S. Pat. No. 7,610,196
Periodic signal enhancement system
U.S. Pat. No. 8,004,482
Apparatus for driving liquid crystal display device by mixing analog and modulated data voltage
U.S. Pat. No. 7,856,433
Dynamic bid pricing for sponsored search
U.S. Pat. No. 8,108,290
Market sentiment indicator
U.S. Pat. No. 6,503,766
Method and system for detecting an exposure of a material on a semiconductor wafer during chemical-mechanical polishing
U.S. Pat. No. 8,110,977
Organic light emitting device and method for manufacturing the same
Companies developing electrical and computer technologies work in fields filled with competing claims to uniqueness and innovation—the key claims behind patent rights. Working closely with trusted legal counsel is often the preferred avenue for clients who wish to avoid future costly disputes or prolonged litigation.
We collaborate with our clients to understand the uniqueness and innovation behind the specific technologies they are seeking to protect and market, helping them anticipate potential issues and minimize legal risks; we also help clients avoid infringing the IP rights of others. Our attorneys routinely negotiate complex technology licensing arrangements and represent clients in disputes without resorting to the courts.
A coherent, cost-effective portfolio management strategy helps companies not only protect existing IP but also identify and understand what other ideas are worth protecting and licensing. Frequently, companies partner with Brinks to design customized programs to analyze existing portfolios, find direction for future innovation, and strategize how to manage and evolve the portfolios over time. These programs not only help clients understand the competitive IP landscape in which they exist, but also lead to a better understanding of possible infringement threats, licensing opportunities, and feedback strategies for regularly tuning their approach to intellectual property.
Minimizing client involvement in litigation is always the first avenue of choice. But when out-of-court options have not succeeded or are out of the question, Brinks is able to bring to bear some of the best IP litigators in the country. The litigators in the Electrical & Computer Group regularly handle highly complex patent and trade secret matters. We represent our clients' high-technology interests in both jury and non-jury cases in courts throughout the country as well as before the International Trade Commission.