Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC

Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC (Rothwell Figg) is a quality-focused IP firm. We are experienced, strategic, cross-disciplined and business oriented; and, like our clients, we understand that intellectual property is a key factor in a company’s success.

We handle all aspects of IP law found in today’s complicated, highly technical business world, including patent, trademark and copyright law, litigation, trade secrets, trade names, character protection, unfair competition, licensing, counselling, contracts, First Amendment and defamation issues, cybersecurity, privacy and data protection and the registration of patents, trademarks and copyright.

Our clients are equally complex and high profile, engaging primarily in sophisticated technological areas such as biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, electronics, telecommunications, computer hardware, software and the Internet, semiconductors and a wide variety of medical and mechanical systems and devices.

We are regularly listed as one of the best and most highly regarded law firms in the United States. Because of our long-standing professional relationships with foreign companies and firms, we can handle IP matters – including prosecution, litigation, and counselling – both in the United States and throughout the world. From the individual businessperson in the United States to the multinational company based in Europe or Asia, our clients trust us to handle some of their most important and sensitive assets – their intellectual property. As a testament to this, we are proud to say that almost all of our new clients are referrals from existing clients.

Dedicated – this is what we are to our clients and what the firm is to its people. We share the same belief as our clients: that our people – our attorneys and the staff who support them – are what set us apart from every other law firm. We are not just a law firm; we are a tight-knit community who are passionate about what we do – because it is all that we do. We are one of the few firms that still houses all of our people under one roof in Washington DC. We practise only IP law – and we are good at it. This one-office, one-focus philosophy allows us to put client service first, and it enables our experienced partners to train and teach some of the best and brightest IP associates.

Our attorneys are knowledgeable – many have scientific or engineering degrees in addition to their legal education, and many are registered patent attorneys.

Our attorneys are experienced – some have been practising in the field for over 50 years, while some are newly admitted to the Bar but have served as law clerks in federal courts. For example, three of our associates are former clerks of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Our lawyers are supported – our trained paralegals, technical advisers, law clerks and legal secretaries collaborate to ensure prompt, economical delivery of work using state-of-the-art equipment and systems for communication, word processing, docketing and billing. The matters that our clients entrust to us are important to them and to us, and we recognise the need to keep clients up to speed on the status and progress of each case.

We value value, just like our clients – we work with clients to develop a reasonable fee for the work that they entrust to us. A lot of firms use the word ‘lean’ when it comes to staffing matters; we use the word ‘appropriate’. Once we analyse a project, we can carve out parts to be handled by someone on our team with a lower billing rate. When requested, we provide advance estimates of expected costs, and we have and can adhere to a fixed-fee schedule.

Our mission is simple: we aim to provide clients with high-quality legal services that are delivered on time for a reasonable fee.

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Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC
607 14th Street NW
Suite 800
Washington DC 20005
United States

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