Patent Prosecution

Burris Law is focused on patent prosecution at the USPTO, and also in foreign patent offices through our expansive network of foreign associates. We have patent attorneys with significant experience in the mechanical, electrical, chemical, and materials science disciplines across a wide range of industries. We work closely and on-site with our clients on their new product developments, and we help them navigate through patent landscapes in order to develop robust and strategic patent portfolios. Our steadfast patent practice includes:

  • Utility Patents
  • Design Patents
  • Utility Models
  • Freedom-to-Operate Opinions
  • Foreign patent office Opposition proceedings
  • Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings
  • Patent marking audits
  • In-house patent drafting

Post-Grant Patent

We are experienced and uniquely positioned in the same building as the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where post-grant patent hearings are being held by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on a regular basis.

  • Post-Grant Review (PGR) proceedings
  • Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings
  • Covered Business Method (CBM) proceedings
  • Ex Parte Reexaminations
  • Reissues
  • Supplemental Examination
  • Derivation and Interference proceedings
  • Certificates of Correction

Trade Secrets

We fight vigorously to protect the confidential information of our clients and are regularly involved in the fight against misappropriation of valuable intellectual capital. Under appropriate confidentiality agreements, we inspect documents, interview former employees, and conduct on-site investigations into possible breaches of former employees’ duties of disclosure. We help to implement policies and procedures to help our clients focus on prevention.

IP Litigation

IP disputes happen, this is a fact of modern businesses. While we try to steer our clients away from costly and time consuming litigation, a choice between a rock and a hard place may present itself. When it does, we balance practical business and legal acumen to help you steer a course that makes sense. We partner with litigation specialists to get the results you expect.


    Protecting brands is a passion for Burris Law. We work with our clients at all stages of trademark development and offer services in the areas of:

    • Trademark searching, clearance, and registration in the USPTO and in foreign jurisdictions
    • Oppositions and Cancellations in the USPTO before the
    • Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)
    • Domain name enforcement under the Uniform Domain Name
    • Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP)
    • Anti-counterfeiting and Customs enforcement
    • Trademark licensing and franchise agreements
    • Trademark monitoring
    • Trademark audits

    IP Transactions

    When your business is ready for an acquisition, merger, or transition that involves intellectual property, we have the experience to help you navigate the course. We conduct due diligence and are integrally involved with the business teams to deliver timely and strategic advice. Our experience includes a wide array of transactional matters including:

    • Confidentiality and Nondisclosure Agreements
    • Joint Development/Collaboration Agreements
    • License Agreements
    • Asset Purchase Agreements
    • Title/assignment searches and recordation


    Burris Law assists creative professionals in protecting their works from unauthorized display and publication in print and on the web. Whether it is an artist, designer, architect or software developer, the attorneys at Burris Law are equipped to help clients establish and enforce their rights under copyright law.

    • Copyright Registration with the U.S. Copyright Office
    • Copyright Licensing Agreements
    • Copyright Litigation

    IP Training

    As the IP landscape evolves and laws change, we think you should be aware of developments that affect your business. In addition, Burris Law attorneys are adjunct professors at local law schools, and we love to teach. We conduct regular on-site training, generally in a workshop environment, for our clients as a standard practice. Some of our courses include:

    • IP Basics for Technical Professionals
    • Overview of the America Invents Act (AIA)
    • Types of Utility Patents/Applications
    • Understanding and Analyzing U.S. Patent Claims
    • Design Patents
    • Extracting Value from Your IP Portfolio
    • IP Best Practices

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