Intellectual Property

Intellectual property rights are many businesses' most valuable asset. The Intellectual Property team at Manning Kass provides high-quality legal counsel and value-added services to our clients in a broad range of industries. Our team is led by firm founding partner Anthony ("Tony") J. Ellrod. Tony is an AV Preeminent® rated member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and has handled numerous high-profile intellectual property cases. The Intellectual Property Team's main areas of focus are:

  • Copyright, trademark, and patent registration and protection
  • Licensing and assignment
  • Litigation

We handle initial registration and protection of intellectual property including trademarks, service marks, certification marks, trade dress and copyright. We are experienced working in all aspects of IP licensing, from negotiating the best deal for a client in industries such as entertainment and technology through drafting licensing and coexistence agreements.

We are often called upon to focus on the protection and enforcement of these valuable intellectual property rights for many of our clients, and are skilled at litigating such matters whether they involve enforcement or defendant against claims of infringement.

The firm has also handled litigation involving such rapidly evolving areas as cyber-piracy and cyber-squatting. Through our litigation efforts, we have secured highly publicized and groundbreaking appellate opinions in favor of our clients.

Our team strives to consistently deliver first-class service to all our clients. Using the Manning Kass team approach, intellectual property attorneys are encouraged to collaborate with other attorney teams of specialists in appellate, corporate, business and commercial, and entertainment law wherever such interaction brings added understanding of our client's industry and/or strength to our position.