Software & Information Technology

Merchant & Gould's attorneys with software experience represent the intellectual property interests of the software and computer programming industries. This group possesses extensive field experience and relevant legal knowledge relating to the full range of industries that use software engineering, such as consumer software, computer gaming, telecommunications, power systems, Internet service providers and Internet applications.

As Internet use and the adoption of industry-specific software have mushroomed, our intellectual property lawyers have increasingly been called upon to advocate for clients in fields such as finance and medicine, which are not traditionally associated with electronics and computers. At Merchant & Gould, we welcome these new challenges.

Legal Representation from a Preeminent IP Law Firm

Merchant & Gould is one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the country, and we are one of the few that concentrates exclusively on intellectual property law. With a roster of more than 100 attorneys and with offices in six U.S. cities, our law firm is well-positioned to serve the legal needs of clients ranging from individual developers to Fortune 500 companies.

We are a team of professionals who know the value of working collaboratively to find innovative solutions to our clients' challenges. The attorneys in our group who work on software engineering-related projects often collaborate with our Internet Law group.

Complete IP Services for Software Engineering Professionals

Merchant & Gould prides itself on structuring our practice in a manner that makes our legal services attractive to and attainable by individual software developers, regional businesses, and multinational corporations. We are capable of providing any type of intellectual property representation, with a particular focus on resolution of IP disputes via litigation or alternative dispute resolution. The services we provide include:

  • Advance strategy sessions for intellectual property protection
  • U.S. and international copyright and patent applications
  • Application for and protection of design patents
  • Defense and prosecution of copyright infringement or reverse engineering claims
  • Application development agreements
  • Technology transfer agreements
  • Licensing agreements
  • Protection of shareware and freeware applications
  • IP due diligence
  • Trade secret protection
  • Trademark and trade dress registration and protection
  • Trademark infringement litigation
  • Internet issues, including domain name registration and protection


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Merchant & Gould Promotes Robert S. Sykes to Partner
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce the promotion of Robert S. Sykes to partner in its Denver office, effective Jan. 1, 2022.  Sykes is an intellectual property attorney who practices in the mechanical, electrical, aerospace, software and telecommunication ...
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Merchant & Gould Secures Three IPR Wins at PTAB for Client Askeladden
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that New York-based client Askeladden won three inter partes review (IPR) proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) last week.A patent quality advocacy group, Askeladden challenged a pair of Purple ...
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Merchant & Gould Attorneys Named Best Lawyers® 2018
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018.Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting peer-reviewed surveys in which lawyers confidentially evaluate ...
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Merchant & Gould Grows New York Office
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce the recent expansion of its New York office upon hiring new attorneys Jonathan Berschadsky and Luciano Ricondo. The addition of these attorneys significantly broadens the services the firm offers on the ...
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Merchant & Gould Listed in IAM Patent 1000
Merchant & Gould offices and individuals were recognized in the IAM Patent 1000 list of “the world’s leading patent professionals” for 2017.In its rankings of firms and individuals, IAM Patent 1000 includes Merchant & Gould in the ...
Cybersecurity CLE in Minneapolis
As part of our CYBERWORLD Series, join us for a complimentary CLE focusing on intellectual property law and cybersecurity, then stay for beverages and heavy appetizers at a networking happy hour in a private room at the Minneapolis Club. Cybersecurity: ...
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Merchant & Gould Hires Three Associates in Minneapolis
Merchant & Gould is pleased to welcome new associate attorneys Laura L. Hupp, Joseph W. Dubis, Ph.D., and Elisabeth K. Muirhead to its Minneapolis office. Laura Hupp, previously from McKee, Voorhees & Sease, P.L.C. of Des Moines, Iowa, and Shook, ...
Cyberworld: Protecting Your Brand in Cyberspace
Please join us for a complimentary CLE focusing on intellectual property law and the ever-evolving Cyberworld Thursday, October 13, 2016 2:30-6:00 p.m. 1801 California Street Denver, CO 80202 CLE - 2:30-4:30 p.m., The New York Conference Room Cocktail ...
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Merchant & Gould Attorneys Named 2017 Best Lawyers®
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017. Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting peer-reviewed surveys in which lawyers confidentially evaluate ...
Cyberworld CLE in Madison
CYBERWORLD: Protecting Your Brand in CyberspaceJoin us for a complimentary CLE focusing on Intellectual Property Law and the ever-evolving Cyberworld Thursday, April 28, 2016 CLE - 2:30-5:00 p.m. Brewery Tour & Beer Tasting - 5:00-6:00 p.m. Concert ...
Rachel Hughey to speak at Computer & Technology Law Institute
The former General Counsel of Lawson Software and one of that company’s litigators on the ePlus v. Lawson case share insights, stories and lessons learned in an extended software patent fight – lessons to consider applying to all manner ...
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Merchant & Gould Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America © 2016
Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property (IP) law firm, is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys ...