Workman Nydegger

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As the IAM Patent 1000 rankings make obvious, bench depth is a real USP for Workman Nydegger: it has nine individual representatives in the listings, which is four more than its closest competitor. Harnessing this horsepower very effectively, the group prosecutes with unerring accuracy across a rainbow of technologies, shepherds deals of myriad structures over the line and litigates its way to a winning record. Zooming in on the patent procurement side, the firm supports a major multinational technology player, with which it has sustained a longer relationship than any other patent provider that the company engages – a feat which speaks directly to its quality. Taking the lead in filing hundreds of patents for this marquee client – with a superlative registration rate to show for it – are Jens Jenkins and Adrian Lee, both precision drafters and superior global strategists. Workman Nydegger maintains a vibrant university-focused practice, too, at the forefront of which is John Stringham, who also builds portfolios that help start-ups to rocket their way to stardom. Mike Frodsham has a similar knack for positioning companies as market leaders in highly competitive industries. His work for DIRTT Environmental Solutions, which innovates in the architectural space design area, is a good example in this regard: the custom IP approaches he has developed for it have paid dividends in the form of a substantially expanded international portfolio. Other skilled prosecutors include Justin Cassell, Timothy Nichols and John Guynn, each of whom adds to the practice in special ways. Cassell maintains an easy rapport with inventors, taking the time to meet with them and fully explore their innovations in a manner that enhances effective prosecution; he is also an adept litigation strategist. Nichols – who supports Cassell in representing a worldwide leader in orthopaedics – has a rich comprehension of brands and patents and an eye for IP value creation opportunities. A named inventor on several patents, Guynn understands the innovation process from the inside and is a prime pick for medical device and life sciences matters. When litigation flares up, it is Brent Lorimer who rides to the rescue; the many major verdicts and awards he has won for clients attest to his strength. He remains an influential contributor to patent law, policy and education in Utah, in the same way as luminary Rick Nydegger does both locally and nationally; they and their colleagues at the firm give a great deal back to the community.

Firm Profile

Founded more than 35 years ago, Workman Nydegger specialises in IP law, providing prosecution, litigation, licensing, counselling and related services. The firm’s areas of practice include patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets and unfair competition. The technologies in which the firm has expertise include computer systems, software, e-commerce and information technology; electronics and electrical engineering; pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, chemical, biotechnology, and medical and life sciences technologies; physics and optics; and mechanics and mechanical engineering.

Workman Nydegger represents US and foreign clients in all aspects of US and foreign patent and trademark prosecution. The firm works closely with inventors, corporations, and domestic and foreign counsel on application preparation, domestic and international filing strategies, and examination in both the United States and abroad.

Workman Nydegger has extensive experience in assessing and advising clients on IP issues surrounding mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships; conducting due diligence for IP portfolios; and licensing transactions. The firm also specialises in client counselling matters such as non-infringement, invalidity and freedom-to-operate opinions, design-around strategies to avoid infringement and clearance searches.

Workman Nydegger has excellent working and reciprocal relationships with other IP firms all around the world, both in terms of coordinating patent and trademark prosecution and related enforcement proceedings in other countries for its US-based clients and in handling US patent and trademark prosecution on behalf of other IP firms and their clients located outside of the United States. Workman Nydegger also represents various public and private universities, assisting their technology transfer offices with IP prosecution and licensing in relation to university-developed technology.

Workman Nydegger’s litigation team has enforced patents and trademarks throughout the United States and has coordinated enforcement efforts in the European Union and Asia in a wide variety of technologies, including medical device technology, radar-based traffic management systems, polysomnography, exercise equipment, e-commerce, dental compositions and appliances, thin film optics, wastewater treatment facilities, consumer electronics and irrigation systems. The same skills Workman Nydegger litigators bring to bear in IP litigation generate favourable client results in complex commercial litigation.

Workman Nydegger’s appellate practice group has successfully handled matters before the US courts of appeals and in particular before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Workman Nydegger’s lawyers include a number of former law clerks and interns at the Federal Circuit. The firm’s lawyers have been selected to author amicus briefs on behalf of institutions such as the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property in cases before the US Supreme Court (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc v Grokster, 2005) and the Federal Circuit (In re Beauregard, 1995; Phillips v AWH Corp, 2004; In re Aqua Products Inc, 2016)

Workman Nydegger frequently participates in mediation and arbitration proceedings as an alternative to costly and time-consuming litigation. Our attorneys are qualified and serve as mediators in complex commercial and IP-related disputes.

We are proud of our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at Workman Nydegger. We offer scholarships at two universities for diverse undergraduate students. They have the opportunity to present their undergraduate work at the firm and in turn, they learn about the possibility of becoming attorneys specialising in IP law. Workman Nydegger is also a founding sponsor of the Utah Centre for Legal Inclusion (UCLI). UCLI’s mission is to further the diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the legal community.

Workman Nydegger takes a creative approach to your intellectual property. Our attorneys are engineers, developers and scientists – craftspeople of their trade who saw a need to protect the work in which they were immersed.

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