Companies in a wide range of mechanical and electromechanical industries turn to Womble Bond Dickinson’s US Mechanical Patent Team to help them identify and describe patentable inventions, develop patent strategies, prepare and prosecute patents, and build and manage patent portfolios.  

Many lawyers on our team were practicing engineers, and this experience facilitates our business-focused approach to advising clients. 

Our services include:

  • Preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications, including European oppositions;
  • Managing and strategically monetizing global IP portfolios;
  • Performing validity/invalidity, infringement/non-infringement, freedom-to-operate, design around, and patentability studies;
  • Preparing and prosecuting U.S. Reissue applications;
  • Preparing, prosecuting and/or defending inter partes reviews (IPRs), post-grant reviews, derivation proceedings, reexamination applications and interferences;
  • Litigating patent disputes;
  • Conducting IP portfolio due diligence reviews, including opportunities with third parties as well as internal reviews and IP audits;
  • Offering strategic guidance regarding the intersections of patent law with antitrust law; and
  • Helping clients capitalize on the value of their intellectual property in the marketplace.

We have experience in a wide range of mechanical and electromechanical technologies including: 

  • Automotive products and components
  • Aircraft design, systems and components
  • Industrial manufacturing machinery and processes
  • Commercial and residential building products
  • Major appliances and systems
  • Materials sciences
  • Medical devices and diagnostic equipment
  • Acoustics transducers
  • Electric motors
  • Robotics
  • Fireproofing products and processes
  • Electronic control circuitry
  • Semiconductor manufacturing processes and devices
  • Telecommunications devices
  • Food service equipment
  • Bicycle components
  • Welding equipment

Representative Experience

  • Handling global patent preparation, prosecution, portfolio management, and IP litigation for a Fortune 1000 corporation and one of the world’s leading manufacturers of packaging for commercial products.
  • Assisting one of the world’s largest aerospace companies in preparing and prosecuting patent applications directed to aircraft components, aerospace materials, and manufacturing technologies.
  • Assisting a leading international major appliance manufacturer in developing and managing an extensive paten portfolio directed to technologies applicable across appliance product lines.
  • Serving as patent preparation, prosecution and IP litigation counsel to the world’s leading manufacturer of custom built tufting equipment.
  • Representing emerging medical device companies in international patent protection for robotic dental surgery and glaucoma treatment devices.
  • Assisting a Canadian company in developing and managing an extensive international patent portfolio directed to fireproof building materials.
  • Managing patent matters for an aeronautical university, including working with the university’s Technology Transfer Office and inventors to prepare and prosecute patent applications.
  • Handling patent preparation and prosecution for a manufacturer of valves and actuators for the commercial and industrial markets, including dispenser technologies for both sheet material and fluid dispensers.
  • Managed and supervised global mechanical patent portfolio for a world-leading agricultural products company.
  • Advising large US, Korean and Japanese manufacturers on the issues of infringement, validity, and enforceability for hundreds of patents in the fields of imaging technology, automotive technology, semiconductors, medical devices, computer hardware and software, and heavy machinery.