The Marbury Advantage
We offer a number of advantages compared to traditional “big-law” and IP boutique firms.
Unique Combination of Legal, Business and Government Experience
A number of our attorneys have practiced with some of the leading AmLaw 100 national and international law firms. Our attorneys include former technology company business executives, US Government R&D managers, high tech start-up founders and in-house counsel, “big-law” IP and technology attorneys, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) patent examiners and judicial clerks.
This broad-based experience enables our attorneys to provide high-level business and legal counseling in IP and technology law, as well as those areas that have impact on our technology clients, such as commercial disputes, export control and security clearance.
Our registered patent attorneys who worked as USPTO patent examiners have insight into USPTO inner workings and procedures, and accordingly can provide strategic advice to clients from an “insider’s” perspective. Our attorneys and professional staff have over 70 combined years of IP and technology law experience.
Our seasoned commercial and IP litigators have first chaired over 60 jury and bench trials at the Federal and Virginia state court levels, as well as hundreds of trials and trial-like proceedings before Federal government non-judicial boards and panels such as the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals and other panels with the defense and intelligence community. Through our diverse litigation experience, we counsel clients with the insight into the litigation process and outcomes born from years of courtroom experience.
Our attorneys have been on the front line of a number of high profile patent litigations. This experience attacking and defending patents in litigation buttresses our attorney’s ability to craft high-value patents that withstand scrutiny under enforcement translates into winning solutions for our clients.
Ability to Offer More Personalized Service, Lower Billing Rates and Flat Fees
We are dedicated to providing “big-law” service to clients with the flexibility and personal attention that only a smaller firm can provide. At The Marbury Law Group we focus on what we do best, providing high quality personalized legal services to our clients at affordable billing rates, unhindered by unproductive management layers or large overhead expenses.
We see your IP as more than just a patent, trademark, copyright or trade secret. It is a vital part of your business plan. We help our clients to leverage their investments in IP while managing their budgets.
Significant Investment in People, Process and Infrastructure
In addition to our experienced attorneys, Marbury includes a dedicated staff. Marbury’s team of experienced patent prosecution and litigation paralegals utilizes an extensive custom database of forms reflecting our many collective years of experience. This system allows us to increase efficiency and thereby provide better value to our clients.
Marbury has extensive experience in developing international patent and trademark filing strategies and prosecuting patent and trademark applications world wide via the Patent Cooperation Treaty (“PCT”), the Madrid Protocol, and a network of trusted foreign associate law firms and patent agents. Marbury has filed hundreds of PCT and foreign counterpart patent applications. Marbury also has trademark prosecution ongoing in over 15 countries. Our foreign filing staff have many years of PCT and Madrid foreign filing procedural experience.
Our docketing department also utilizes the popular CPi docketing system. The docketing system allows us to provide clients secure Internet access to their files and to generate custom patent portfolio status charts and reports upon client’s requests.
Strategic Metropolitan D.C. Area Location
We are strategically located in Reston, Virginia, in the heart of Northern Virginia’s suburban Dulles Technology Corridor. Our office is a short drive from the USPTO’s offices in nearby Northern Virginia suburb of Alexandria. Our location allows our attorneys easy access to attend in-person interviews with USPTO examiners and oral hearings before the USPTO Board of Appeals and Interferences (BPAI). Such in-person interviews and oral hearings allow our attorneys to better explain the differences between the invention and the prior art, to answer any questions that are posed by the USPTO examiners and BPAI judges, and to alleviate any concerns of the examiners and BPAI judges.
Our Metro D.C. location is also within a short drive of most U.S. Government agencies, including the International Trade Commission (ITC), the Department of Defense, Department of Energy (DOE), the State Department, the Commerce Department, NASA, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, etc. Our attorneys personally visit these agencies routinely in the support to our clients.
In addition, we are members of and frequently appear before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria, a popular patent litigation venue, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. We also practice before appellate and state courts in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, including the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. Though local counsel sponsorship, we have tried cases from Florida to New York to California.
Complementary Full IP Boutique and Technology Law Services
Our firm culture emphasizes full, personalized services for each client. We strive to be able to meet all of your needs and offer full IP boutique services, including:
- Patent drafting and worldwide patent prosecution
- Trademark prosecution
- Patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation
- Patent non-infringement, invalidity and freedom to operate opinions Trademark opinions
- IP due diligence for VC investment and M&A transactions
- Design and implementation of IP policy and strategy for emerging and start-up technology companies
- IP licensing and transfer agreements, and
- Incorporating IP into your business plans, e.g., portfolio management, IP investment strategies, and monetizing IP assets.
In contrast to traditional IP boutiques, Marbury also offers a range of complementary technology law services including counseling, litigation and representation in court and administrative proceedings in the areas of:
- Trade secrets
- Non-compete agreements
- Export control compliance and licenses
- Government contracts
- Security clearance applications and denial appeals
- Foreign Ownership Control and Influence (FOCI) compliance, and
- Software and e-commerce agreements.
Our broad experience enables us to provide effective counsel on hybrid IP and technology issues, such as IP clauses in government contracts, export of IP and high technology products, services and software to foreign countries, classified patent applications, etc.