Intellectual Property & Technology

In today’s competitive markets, intellectual property assets are the backbone of practically every business, so the best and most experienced intellectual property counsel is critical to business success.

Our Intellectual Property practice concentrates on all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and right of publicity, as well as all aspects of exploitation, including computer law, entertainment and media law, and licensing.  The chair of our practice group has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for 25 years, and the practice group has two attorneys, Martin E. Hsia and  Keri Ann K.S. Krzykowski,  licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in patent matters.

We represent individual inventors, large corporations, advertising agencies, manufacturers, distributors, consultants, and many others, including in transactional matters and infringement (including anti-counterfeiting) litigation.  Our firm has the most experience in intellectual property litigation in Hawai`i.  We also obtain intellectual property rights in the United States and (through an extensive network of foreign correspondents) foreign countries.

  • Trademarks, Service Marks and Trade Names
  • Patents
  • Copyrights
  • Licensing
  • Patent, Trademark and Copyright Litigation

Trademarks, Service Marks, Trade Names and Copyrights
Our attorneys have extensive experience filing applications for trademarks, service marks, trade names, and copyrights with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Copyright Office, and the State of Hawai`i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, as well as international trademark applications and (through foreign correspondents) foreign trademark applications.  We also oppose U.S. trademark applications and petition to cancel U.S. trademark registrations before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

We represent clients in all stages of patent prosecution from the initial filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office through issuance, including international patent applications and (through foreign correspondents) foreign patent applications. Patents obtained by our practice group have been upheld through reexamination and litigation.

Licensing and Exploitation
Our attorneys understand how to structure contracts that will protect and exploit intellectual property rights.  Our attorneys regularly assist licensors and licensees in structuring, preparing, and negotiating licensing deals, assignments of rights, sales of intellectual property rights, distribution agreements, software licenses, and many other types of agreements.

Patent, Trademark and Copyright Litigation
As the most experienced patent, trademark and copyright litigation attorneys in Hawai`i, we have represented clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in patent infringement, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, preliminary injunction proceedings, anti-counterfeiting seizures, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, domain name arbitration and other types of intellectual property litigation, including before the Hawai`i courts (and courts in other States), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and before the administrative tribunals of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.   We have also assisted clients with oppositions and cancellations in foreign countries through our foreign correspondents.

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