Design Patent & Trade Dress

Protecting your Intellectual Property

Intellectual property spans a wide range of disciplines, as does Merchant & Gould’s Design Patent & Trade Dress Group. Our Group is comprised of practitioners who are experts in both obtaining and enforcing utility patents, utility models, design patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, and trade secrets, which provides our clients a full range of capabilities and technical experience to help implement a strategic intellectual property plan that aligns with individual business goals. We are committed to providing the highest quality global intellectual property services to our clients.

Providing a full spectrum of global intellectual property services.

As a multi-disciplinary firm providing full-service intellectual property services, we serve you with holistic and value-added strategies to help you accomplish your business objectives, which includes assessing the value of your design patents and trade dress rights, and securing multiple layers of protection for these valuable assets to secure your position in the marketplace.  Our attorneys command a deep understanding about how the different types of intellectual property (e.g., trade dress and design patents), domestically and internationally, can be used offensively and defensively in an integrated intellectual property strategy. 

Serving clients with vision and foresight.

Our attorneys work to build enduring relationships with each and every client, creating a partnership in which we work with your company to develop strategic plans for your intellectual property. Our goal is to combine a deep knowledge of your company's history with proactive legal counsel as a key to your success. We consistently provide a full range of top-level intellectual property services to help your company thrive now and decades into the future.  We regularly provide training to our clients on current trends and case law to meet their specific needs and to effectively mitigate legal risks.

Merging practical industry experience with legal insight.

Many of us had careers in industry before becoming attorneys. As attorneys, we have developed strong cross-disciplinary skills as active members in other groups in the firm. The Design Patent and Trade Dress Group includes former USPTO Patent Examiners and former Trademark Examining Attorneys, who understand first-hand how to avoid weaknesses in patent and trademark applications that might result in a refusal. We apply our vast experience to solve your toughest IP challenges, collaborating with you to define and refine your inventions, patent portfolios, and long-term IP strategies.

Our expertise in developing, managing, and protecting your valuable brands using an integrative intellectual property approach is why companies with some of the most recognized brands and products work with the Merchant & Gould team.


Types of Matters

Technologies and Industries