Harness Dickey’s team of intellectual property attorneys and patent agents are united around a single cause: understanding our clients’ interests and protecting them with customized IP strategies and impeccable legal work.
Harness Dickey was founded in 1921. 100 years of continuous practice has given us an unquantifiable level of intellectual property insight and experience. But that’s merely a starting point. What 100 years really means is simple: we partner with our clients for the long haul. We take our time to develop new relationships. We emphasize long-term, mutually beneficial strategies rather than short-term gains. And, after 100 years, we know that we cannot get to 200 unless our clients come first.
The backbone of Harness Dickey is our team of patent and trademark attorneys. Our attorneys have been with us, on average, for more than fifteen years. This gives our clients the confidence of service continuity and high quality output, time after time, matter after matter.
Clients looking to protect their innovations with patents receive the support of more than 85 registered patent attorneys who file more than 4,500 U.S. patent applications each year. Our patent lawyers carry impressive degrees in science and engineering, including many with Masters or Ph.D. degrees in areas such as biochemistry and molecular biology; biotechnology; chemistry; electrical and computer engineering; environmental engineering; materials science and engineering; mechanical engineering; microbiology; pharmacology and molecular science; and systems engineering. In addition, several of our patent attorneys hold a Master’s in Business Administration.
Our team of trademark attorneys safeguard many of the most recognizable brands in the world. Whether you have a new technology, service, or product that you sell in stores or online, we know how to enforce your rights and protect your brand at every turn. As evidence of our commitment to enforcing our clients’ rights, our trademark attorneys have filed more than 675 Oppositions and Cancellations before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board within the past ten years.
In addition to patent and trademark work, our attorneys counsel clients in the areas of IP litigation, licensing, international rights, due diligence, trade secrets, and global IP portfolio management. If it’s IP, we do it.
Nearly 20% of our intellectual property lawyers have previous experience as in-house counsel or as a Patent or Trademark Examiner with the USPTO, while approximately 40% previously served as engineers or scientists. Our team includes alumni from many prestigious companies, such as General Motors and Ford; IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Micron Technology; Bausch & Lomb and Procter & Gamble; Sigma Aldrich; United Technologies; and Stanford University and the University of Utah. Our CEO, Bill Coughlin, is the former President and CEO of Ford Global Technologies and Assistant General Counsel of Ford Motor Company.
With 100 years of experience, we have an intimate understanding of the USPTO’s modus operandi that we use every day to help our clients succeed in front of Examiners and judges. Few law firms can offer a similar depth of relevant experience in all areas of IP law, and fewer still can offer the depth of knowledge we possess across numerous industries, competitive markets, and technology areas.