Intellectual Property

Intellectual property may be your most valuable business asset, yet too often, its value remains unrealized for lack of ownership, strategic planning, or legal protection. Consider these benefits IP provides:

  • Your company’s brand drives customer loyalty, and may create premium-pricing opportunities;
  • Trade secret protection provides a competitive advantage for a company’s proprietary process, which can help safeguard market share;
  • A copyright protects the value of original works of authorship, like a piece of music, a product manual, a drawing or a work of art, thereby preventing others from copying;
  • Patents exclude competitors from using key products or processes, also safeguarding market share and possible revenues;
  • Design Patents prevent others from using the appearance of products or product features, making it easier for you to distinguish your brand and its products.

In each case, it’s easy to see that without careful protection of intellectual property rights, you may be leaving money on the table, opening a door for competition or exposing your business to unnecessary risk. That’s why individuals, start-ups, and established businesses from around the globe trust DRM intellectual property attorneys to help them protect and commercialize their IP assets.

DRM’s range of intellectual property services.

DRM intellectual property attorneys have handled just about every type of intellectual property legal matter there is. From prosecution and maintenance of patents, to securing and managing trademarks and copyrights; from judicial, regulatory and administrative litigation to trade secret protection and non-competition agreements; from internet law to licensing, sales and other transactions; and from technology transfers to IP audits and corporate due diligence, there isn’t much DRM intellectual property attorneys haven’t done. In fact, most of DRM’s intellectual property attorneys have worked at some of the largest firms and IP practices in the U.S. and worldwide, but for a variety of reasons, they’ve chosen to work in the invigorating landscapes of Vermont and New Hampshire that DRM calls home. World-class intellectual property law experience, rates that are reflective of lower-cost overhead, and legal project management ingenuity all add up to exceptional value for DRM’s IP clients.

Additionally, most of DRM’s intellectual property attorneys have strong technical and industry backgrounds in 21st century business arenas. This hands-on experience – in sectors as diverse as medical devices, chemicals, software, outdoor sports equipment, children’s clothing and apparel, and microelectronics – enables DRM’s IP attorneys to see exactly what needs protecting and what options are available. Their ability to interact effectively with both technology and business leaders brings you increased value.

DRM attorneys are well positioned to handle regional and global IP matters.

DRM’s intellectual property lawyers are thoroughly dialed in at the local level, having clerked for local courts, run community organizations and served as leaders of local bar associations. It is this experience that gives DRM IP attorneys an insider’s knowledge of the northern New England legal scene.

Collectively, DRM’s IP lawyers are licensed to practice before numerous state and federal tribunals, including eight U.S. District Courts, four U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

As the exclusive Vermont member firm for Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms, DRM has one-call access to top law firms in 120 countries, providing you protection wherever you need it. That’s why businesses located across the United States and abroad retain DRM attorneys for critical IP work.

Recent Accomplishments

Downs Rachlin helps clients protect and grow their IP worldwide. More specific examples are provided in the other IP practices, but these accomplishments provide an indication of our work: 

  • Developed a patent “fence” around unprotected core technology for a publicly traded company.
  • Negotiated a trademark and copyright license to the work of America’s leading architect.
  • Won critical battles in patent, trademark, copyright and trade-secret litigation before federal trial and appellate courts.
  • Led due diligence investigations for venture capital financing, asset purchases and other transactions.
  • Negotiated a patent license agreement involving a cure for a major disease.


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