Protecting Product Design and Innovation is the Foundation of our Work
Intellectual property resides in all aspects of products enjoyed by consumers, from the touch screen of a smartphone, packaging for a device or the networking equipment that places the power of the Internet in a customer’s hands. Lee & Hayes’ Mechanical Engineering group includes both experienced lawyers and patent agents registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Firm lawyers have held positions as in-house counsel, patent examiners with the USPTO, and several hold advanced scientific and engineering degrees. Additionally, our Corporate, Government Relations and Litigation lawyers provide related counsel for our clients’ needs in the general business, regulatory and litigation arenas on a state, national and global scale. We work with multinational companies in a wide range of industries, including consumer electronics, utilities, medical devices, automotive, cosmetic packaging, consumer products, aerospace and defense and high-tech manufacturing to develop strategies to protect their innovations. We support the intellectual property needs of premier research and commercialization organizations spanning a wide range of technical fields, including those innovating at the molecular level using nanotechnology and nuclear engineering. Intellectual Asset Management Magazine and Ocean Tomo Patent Ratings have repeatedly ranked Lee & Hayes No. 1 in the U.S. for both patent quality overall and specifically in the information technology industry.
In support of the U.S. military, firm client Spokane Industries was the first to make a new lighter and stronger armor to protect against a ballistic threat. The armor met a longtime need in the steel foundry industry for casting composite materials comprising silicon carbide encapsulated in steel alloy. We worked alongside Spokane Industries to ensure that this invention remained protected. We continue to ensure that the innovative composite metal-ceramic products of Spokane Industries are protected and align with the company’s strategic business goals.