Intellectual Property & Litigation

A 21st century enterprise is increasingly dependent on the strength of its intangible assets: trademarks, patents, trade secrets, copyrights, licenses and business processes.

At Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, we use our own intangible assets—the knowledge and skills of our lawyers—to understand and adapt to the ever-changing intellectual property (IP) needs of our clients.

We work actively with our clients to assist them in identifying and harvesting their IP assets and vigorously protecting and expanding the value that such assets represent. At Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, it's our goal to provide each of our clients with appropriate legal support customized to the client’s scale and level of maturation as a business enterprise.

Boutique Style from a Full-Service Team

Our team of IP lawyers has the experience and flexibility of an "IP Boutique Law Firm" to quickly adapt and respond to our clients' evolving needs. At the same time, we can draw from other firm attorneys, who may contribute complementary legal skills or disciplines, to assist with a variety of related client issues including start-up, securities, and financial support.


  • Drafting and prosecuting patent applications to protect client inventions, strengthen IP portfolios and improve competitive position
  • Securing copyright protection and ownership documentation for original works of authorship, software, publications, etc.
  • Obtaining trademarks to protect client brands for their products and services
  • Providing counsel for the establishment of business practices to create and protect copyrights, trade secrets and patentable inventions such as formulas, price and customer lists, business processes, confidential or proprietary information, research and development tracking and documentation and other competitive information
  • Drafting and negotiating agreements for IP licensing and other technology transfers (in and out), data and privacy rights protection, non-disclosure, procuring technology products and services, etc.
  • Conducting IP analysis to assess IP portfolios (offensive and defensive), harvesting novel inventive concepts, determining patentability and identifying potential infringers
  • Representing in complex litigation, mediation and arbitration including cases involving IP, information technology matters involving patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright claims