Electrical & Software

The Electrical and Software Practice Group at Merchant & Gould includes lawyers and staff engineers with extensive technical experience in industries that require innovations in electrical and software engineering. Most of the lawyers and engineers handling electronics and software cases have educational backgrounds, in many cases advanced degrees, in electrical engineering, physics and/or materials science, computer software. In addition, many have industrial experience. This enables them to have an insightful understanding of issues involved in each case and effectively interact with clients, inventors and expert witnesses alike. We have represented and advised clients in a wide array of technical fields, from optical sensors for machine-vision inspection systems to organic LED displays, from transceivers for cell phone communication to semiconductor wafer manufacturing systems. We work with clients in industries such as computer hardware and peripherals, telecommunications hardware, sensors, power systems, semiconductors, video recording components, audio recording components, medical devices, and fabrication technology, consumer software, computer gaming, telecommunications, power systems, Internet service providers and Internet applications.

We have a well-informed understanding of our clients’ businesses and the IP problems they face in their industries.  Whether it is prosecution of a patent application on a laser diode, due diligence investigation on electronic modules for patient care, or litigation involving nanoscale testing instruments, we staff our cases with professionals with the right background.

As technically proficient as our attorneys are, we are, first and foremost, superior legal counselors.  Our attorneys use their technical knowledge as a means to further the end of providing our clients with sound legal advice.  Our attorneys have a deep understanding of the relevant law from years of experience, constant following of development in law and frequent interactions with other Merchant & Gould attorneys.  We have extensive experience assessing risks to help our clients make prudent business decisions.

From Individual Inventors to Fortune 500 Companies

Headquartered in Minneapolis, M&G has several offices across the United States and is able to provide a superior experience at Midwestern rates. In addition, we are able provide convenient representation across the United States and in all time zones.

For over 115 years, our intellectual property lawyers have represented individual inventors, emerging regional businesses and Fortune 500 companies located in the U.S. and worldwide.

Services we provide to inventors and companies engaged in innovative electrical engineering endeavors include:

  • Intellectual property strategy development
  • Prosecution and protection of domestic and international patents
  • Prosecution and protection of design patents
  • Defense and prosecution of patent infringement claims
  • Due diligence for intellectual property projects
  • Patent validity opinions
  • Interferences, reissues, and reexaminations
  • Technology transfers
  • Licensing agreements
  • Copyright registration and protection
  • Trademark and trade dress registration and protection
  • Prosecution and defense of trademark infringement claims
  • Trade secret protection
  • Alternative dispute resolutionlitigation, and appeals

Virtually all of the attorneys in our Electrical and Software Group have undergraduate or advanced degrees specific to the electrical or computer arts. Collectively, our lawyers put decades of experience within each client's reach. Merchant & Gould is in the top tier of intellectual property law firms nationwide providing intellectual property services for the electrical engineering and computer hardware industries.


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Merchant & Gould Promotes Luciano A. Ricondo to Partner
Merchant & Gould is pleased to announce the promotion of Luciano A. Ricondo to partner in its New York office, effective Jan. 1, 2022.  Luciano helps his clients to strategically grow their patent portfolios and obtain comprehensive intellectual ...
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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 ...
Merchant & Gould’s Chairman Emeritus Elected as President-Elect of AIPLA
Merchant & Gould congratulates Brian Batzli, partner, and chairman emeritus, for his  President-Elect role with the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), a national bar association that helps establish and maintain fair and effective ...
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Merchant & Gould Welcomes Four Associates to Minneapolis and Denver Offices
Merchant & Gould is pleased to welcome four attorneys to its legal team, spanning two offices.  The new hires include Joseph Bauer and Sheila Niaz in Minneapolis, and Kristen Geary and Matthew Metcalfe in Denver. “These four attorneys add ...
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Merchant & Gould Welcomes Associate Kristen Geary to the Denver Office
Merchant & Gould is pleased to welcome Kristen M. Geary to the Denver office’s legal team. She serves within the electrical group, working in a variety of fields from software to life sciences, preparing secure patents and litigating on behalf of ...
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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 ...
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Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc.
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Merchant & Gould Hires New Attorneys in Denver
Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property law firm with clients in the Rocky Mountain Region, is pleased to welcome new attorneys to its Denver office. The new hires span the last year and include Nancy Simon, and Robert Sykes.As the newest member ...
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Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc.: Redefining Design Patents’ “Article of Manufacture” Standard
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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 ...