Allen C Turner

Shareholder at TraskBritt PC
Ranked in United States: Utah
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IP boutique TraskBritt does a bang-up job for large corporate clients with global business interests who are at the cutting edge of technological development, as well as some of the most innovative research organisations and universities. “TraskBritt’s attorneys are efficient, knowledgeable and easy to work with in all matters related to IP. They give practical, reliable answers and strategies with a quick turnaround. Although they are outside counsel, they feel like co-workers, based on the close attention they give to patrons’ legal needs.” On the non-contentious side, a mightily impressive line-up is formed by Jeffrey Gunn, Joseph Walkowski, Allen Turner and IAM Patent 1000 debutants Andrew Baca and Jesse Flores. Managing shareholder Gunn’s procurement efforts cover a range of technical fields including semiconductors – an area in which the group has seen significant growth in the past 12 months. “Jeffrey is not afraid to approach things differently. He understands the need to adapt and has excellent foresight.” Walkowski has amassed over 30 years of IP experience, which includes working in high-level corporate positions in Fortune 500 companies. Turner is a fount of insight and analysis on patent issues in the life sciences sector. Baca previously served as senior corporate counsel for a medical imaging manufacturer, where he developed his patent protection and licensing skills. He has built on these in his five-plus years with TraskBritt and become an integral part of the group’s success. Chemical engineer Flores is “proficient at handling highly complex technologies and prepares excellent applications. He is humble, supportive and a great communicator with all the legal skills you could ask for.” For anything hotly contentious, the person to call on is Dickson Burton, a seasoned trial lawyer who also maintains a busy alternative dispute resolution practice.

Allen C Turner's Profile

Allen C Turner began his legal career at TraskBritt. While in law school, he also worked as a pharmacist. He later spent three years in The Netherlands as in-house patent counsel for Akzo Pharma (later Akzo Nobel) before rejoining TraskBritt as a Shareholder.

Mr Turner’s practice involves all areas of intellectual property law, with particular emphasis on obtaining US patent and trade secret protection for chemical and pharmaceutical developments, including developments in the areas of drugs, natural products, vaccines, veterinary medicine, medical devices, biotechnology, diagnostics, electroceuticals, cosmetics, and other related fields. He has also worked in the trademark, tradename, and licensing areas.

Mr Turner has participated in litigation and arbitration matters in the United States and Europe, and has helped enforce intellectual property rights in China. In addition, he has extensive experience in negotiating and licensing, and conducting due diligence of IP portfolios for large multinational corporations, start-ups, individual investors and potential investors worldwide.

Mr Turner was recognised as the 2016 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year – Patent Law in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is also regularly listed in Utah’s Legal Elite, published by Utah Business Magazine, IP Stars – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2016, Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers.

Firm Profile

Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, TraskBritt PC represents national and multinational corporations, research organisations and universities throughout the world. The firm’s practice emphasises US and international IP matters, including patents, trademarks, trade dress, designs, trade regulation, unfair competition, trade secrets and related licensing, due diligence, administrative proceedings and litigation. TraskBritt attorneys’ unique combination of legal, technical and business skills has enabled the firm to establish and enhance long-term partnerships with our clients, many of which we have been privileged to represent for well over a decade during the firm’s 45-plus years of success and continued growth.

TraskBritt has attorneys admitted to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the State Bars of Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, California, Massachusetts, Washington, Oklahoma and the District of Columbia.

An efficient, global, full-service IP approach

TraskBritt provides expertise in both national and international IP law. We are cognisant of the different laws, practices and procedures in the wide variety of jurisdictions in which our clients seek IP protection, and tailor our approach to representation to maximise IP protection in each jurisdiction while avoiding unnecessary cost. Firm attorneys have a wide variety of technical backgrounds and industry experience, enabling us to quickly and efficiently analyse IP rights to assess validity and scope of protection. Our highly skilled and experienced litigators aggressively prosecute and defend complex patent infringement cases, as well as trade secret, trademark and other IP disputes in a cost-effective manner throughout the United States and abroad, in conjunction with an established network of foreign counsel.

TraskBritt attorneys have experience in a variety of IP-related areas, including development of competitive IP strategies, IP due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, and complex IP transactions including licensing. We offer experience in preparing validity, infringement and freedom-to-operate opinions and in initiating and defending patent re-examinations, interferences and post-grant review proceedings of various types in the United States, as well as similar proceedings abroad in association with our vetted foreign counsel. TraskBritt’s litigation practice is nationally recognised and has represented clients in trials and appeals throughout the United States.

More than just expertise

Our attorneys are registered to practise before the USPTO as patent practitioners, and a number have advanced technical degrees. Technical expertise and educational backgrounds include mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, chemical engineers, material science engineers, chemists, biochemists and pharmacists. This formal technical expertise is augmented through prior industry technical experience in numerous different corporate cultures. Skills and perspectives as to how to effectively work with governmental agencies have been acquired by those among us who have worked as patent examiners. In addition, perhaps one of the most distinguishing characteristics in TraskBritt’s approach to representation, facilitated by our attorneys’ experience as in-house corporate IP counsel in a variety of industries, is our focus on understanding the business and goals of each of our clients and how effective and cost-efficient IP representation can further those goals. As a result, we offer our clients not only sound technical and legal advice, but also valuable insight into the inner workings of the USPTO and the ability to work seamlessly with corporate technical and operational management as well as patent and litigation departments of many diverse corporate cultures. This wealth of hands-on experience enables the firm to provide an expansive, practical knowledge base to clients in a wide range of industries and jurisdictions while maintaining efficient management of the client’s resources.

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