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Intellectual Property

Vermont intellectual property lawyers

IP could be your business’s most valuable yet underrated asset. Whether you’re a start-up or an established international business, our IP lawyers can help properly identify, protect, and leverage your copyrights, patents, trademarks and trade secrets. 

Our Intellectual Property lawyers help individuals, start-ups and businesses around the world recognize the value of their IP by using a business-informed, strategic and cost-effective approach to identifying, procuring, protecting and leveraging their trademarks, patents and other valuable IP.

Our IP attorneys have decades of technical and IP experience covering a wide range of industries, including software and information technology, energy, telecommunications, manufacturing, construction, transportation, finance, retail, agricultural, education, health care, garment, medical devices and others. Several of our lawyers also have hands-on technology experience that provides tremendous value when working with complex technologies.

Making the most of your IP

Our lawyers also help businesses improve their internal IP processes by providing education to increase awareness and setting up best practices to improve efficiency and reduce IP-related costs. For sophisticated clients that already utilize best practices, our Intellectual Property attorneys stand ready to work in synchrony with IP managers and in-house counsel to provide a seamless process. For businesses seeking to better leverage or proactively protect their existing IP, our lawyers have experience in licensing, registration, enforcement, and litigation.

We have a state-of-the art IP infrastructure that maximizes our ability to serve an ever increasing range of clients. Our position as a mid-sized law firm with a presence in some of the smaller towns and cities throughout New England allows us to provide sophisticated and high-quality IP legal services while maintaining geographically appropriate billing rates.

Our IP attorneys provide the following services:

Recent Achievements and Actions

  • DRM trademark attorneys currently handle over 2,000 trademarks that are pending or actively registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in addition to managing over 1,500 pending and registered trademarks in nearly 50 jurisdictions outside of the United States.
  • Over the past twenty years, DRM patent attorneys have successfully obtained over thousands of patents for clients around the world in a wide range of technology areas, including semiconductors, medical devices, materials science, computer processing, social media, and lithium metal batteries.
  • Recently assisted a client in fending off an aggressive patent law firm that was trying to get the client to unwisely patent an invention that actually required trade secret protection. We counseled the client regarding an appropriate business structure for leveraging the trade secret technology and how to implement trade-secret best-practices to properly maintain the trade secret.

Cathleen E. Stadecker

Chair

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Matthew S. Borick

Director

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Tristram J. Coffin

Director

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Kathryn M. Foley

Director

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F. David Harlow

Director

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Morgan S. Heller II

Director

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Walter E. Judge

Director

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Thomas D. Kohler

Director

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Peter B. Kunin

Director

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Kevin C. McGrath

Director

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William T. Clark

Associate

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Jennifer Drake

Jennifer Drake

Associate

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Evan J. O’Brien

Associate

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William Morris

William J. Morris, III

Of Counsel

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April F. Hathaway

Paralegal

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Karen S. Jeffer

Paralegal

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Jennifer Parent

Paralegal

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Intellectual Property

Expanding the ‘Accredited Investor’ Definition

SEC expands definition of "accredited investor", granting startups and growing companies easier access to capital.
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LaunchVT 2020

Downs Rachlin Martin’s Intellectual Property group proudly partners with LaunchVT 2020 LaunchVT has selected the eight Vermont startups that will be participating in its 2020 […]
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New Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program for Patent Applications

Starting July 2, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office is offering a Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program that appears to be a very cost effective way to expedite an appeal of a final rejection of a US patent application.
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New Report From the USPTO Concludes Patenting Software in the United States Has Become Easier and More Predictable

Recent USPTO report concludes that for tech areas that typically receive Section 101 rejections, recent changes to examiner guidance have resulted in 25% decrease in the likelihood of receiving a rejection and a 44% decrease in examination uncertainty.
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