Intellectual Property

With over 130 Intellectual Property lawyers – most of whom hold at least one engineering or science degree and are members of the patent bar – Baker Botts has one of the largest Intellectual Property legal teams in the United States. We provide intellectual property services designed to evolve with a company in order to meet its IP needs. Our IP lawyers handle a multitude of services, including patent and trademark prosecution, patent mining, patent portfolio management and technology licensing. When the issue is litigation, the firm’s Intellectual Property Department has particular experience in complex, high-stakes patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright litigation nationwide.

The IP Practice at Baker Botts consistently ranks in the top five in surveys by various prestigious publications. The 2010 issue of IP Law & Business placed the firm No. 1 in the “Overall” and “Patent Prosecution” categories of their “Who Protects Innovation in America” survey. In Corporate Counsel’s 2008 and 2009 “Who Represents America’s Biggest Companies” surveys, Baker Botts’ IP Practice ranked at the top of the list as the “Brains of the Operation” and a “go-to firm” for IP work. Our IP Department also ranked Band 1 in Texas and Band 2 nationwide by Chambers USA 2009. Chambers noted that our IP team “plays a major role in IP cases all over the country,” and we have “the resources and horsepower to manage the most complicated matters.” We have an “extremely strong prosecution practice,” we have “tremendously smart attorneys” and our lawyers “really know their business in the software industry.” Additionally, Legal 500 USA 2009 recognized that our lawyers are “able to convert legal knowledge into effective strategies,” we are “one of the top firms in the U.S. with broad practice areas” and we impress clients with our “responsiveness, quality service and willingness to listen to clients’ directives.”

A national law firm with international scope and a distinguished heritage, Baker Botts is a leader in the field of Intellectual Property law. The firm’s IP lawyers each possess a unique skill set to advance and protect our clients’ goals. Our lawyers realize that ideas are more than just words and images. Those ideas are key elements of a company’s business strategy and a foundation for growth. At Baker Botts, we use our skills to help businesses succeed.

Our IP lawyers hold specialized or advanced degrees in medicine, biotechnology, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, physics, immunology and computer science. This technological knowledge, coupled with industry experience, allows us to work directly with our clients’ technical personnel in their respective fields.

Our intellectual property and technology clients are just as diverse as the work we perform. We represent large multi-national companies and small start-up operations as well as universities, industry associations and research consortia.

Baker Botts has taken a leading role in supporting the rapidly developing biotechnology industry. Additionally, we represent several university-based research institutes and specialized biotechnology companies in protecting and developing new biologically based methods and products ranging from pharmaceuticals and diagnostic procedures to methods for bioremediation of hazardous wastes. Several of our lawyers represent clients in the bioprocessing field – preparing and procuring patents, assisting in copyright and trademark matters, negotiating licensing agreements and handling litigation worldwide.