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Intellectual Property
Foley & Mansfield provides a full spectrum of intellectual property services to clients in a broad range of industries. We represent clients that vary in size from entrepreneurs to multi-national companies, tailoring our approach to meet their different needs and budgets. Our attorneys regularly assist clients in securing patents, trademark registrations, copyright registrations, and other rights to protect their intellectual property and enable them to grow the value of their businesses through development of these assets. 

We are also experienced in counseling clients regarding international intellectual property issues, as well as in managing global trademark and patent portfolios. We work closely with seasoned Chinese intellectual property attorneys to assist clients in navigating the complex and frequently changing landscape in China.
We also understand the importance of defending and enforcing clients’ intellectual property rights. Foley & Mansfield attorneys will determine the most favorable approach based on a client’s objectives. In situations when litigation could adversely affect a client, our attorneys will recommend the most effective ways to avoid litigation.
When litigation is necessary, our experienced trial lawyers will develop and implement a strategy to defend or enforce the client’s intellectual property rights using the most knowledgeable team available.  While often a settlement can be reached, we are always ready to try a case in court when necessary.
Foley & Mansfield’s intellectual property legal services include:

  • Advertising injury
  • Brand Management
  • China IP Issues
  • Co-Development and Commercialization Agreements
  • Copyrights
  • Enforcement and Protection
  • Infringement Analysis
  • Intellectual Asset Portfolio Management
  • IP Licensing Agreements
  • Litigation Analysis and Counseling
  • Patent and Trademark Filing and Prosecution
  • Patentability Opinions
  • Prior Art Searching
  • Non-Compete, Confidentiality and IP Assignment Agreements
  • Trademarks
  • Trade secrets
  • Unfair/Deceptive Trade Practices


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 Sten Erik Hakanson Sten Erik Hakanson
Senior Patent Counsel
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