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IP Strategy & Portfolio Development

Building a strategic wall of interrelated IP assets around your business to maximize your competitive advantage.

Optimize Your IP To Punch Above Your Weight

Carefully crafted patents protecting your market share from the competition and designed to withstand the rigors of litigation are essential pieces of a comprehensive IP strategy. But we can take your IP protection to the next level. Knowing your business goals, technology, and competition, we build interrelated and carefully crafted layers of individual patents, patent families, trade secrets, copyrights, and license and contractual rights to optimize the legal positions of your business.

It all starts by taking the time to know your business, your technology, your competition, and your strategic approach to your markets. Based on your goals and objectives, we can extend your product differentiation and corporate strategy into the IP and legal space, both offensively and defensively.

Working with your business and technology teams, we can provide the following services:

  • Competitive IP analysis and freedom to operate.
  • Identify valuable technology assets under development (invention harvesting).
  • Determine the appropriate IP mechanism for each asset – trade secrets, utility patents, design patents, and copyrights.
  • Optimize the legal coverage of each patent.
  • Implement information handling protocols for maintaining trade secrets.
  • Develop and maintain an interrelated portfolio of patents, trade secrets, and copyrights aligned with your business growth and development.
  • Advise and manage the domestic and global pursuit of all IP portfolio assets.

We offer “Outsourced your Intellectual Property (IP) Department” services for clients who want to focus employee headcount on core business functions – see below.

Let Fountainhead develop and run a cost-effective IP department for you so you can focus your headcount on mission critical functions.

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Fintech

Ensenta, Inc. (acquired by Private Equity fund)

After linking Ensenta’s core technology innovations to its target market space, Fountainhead successfully navigated Ensenta’s patents through the Patent Office to protect their innovations and markets. Over the years, Fountainhead worked with Ensenta to successfully fend off IP attacks from competitors. These efforts culminated in a successful exit when the company was sold to a private equity firm.

Microelectronics

Power Analog Microelectronics (acquired by Diodes Inc.)

Power Analog Microelectronics (PAM) was a multinational analog and mixed signal startup. Fountainhead’s expertise in analog, mixed signal, and global IP strategy helped PAM to build a comprehensive IP program to support their global marketing efforts, leading to a successful acquisition by Diodes Inc.

Microelectronics

Summit Microelectronics (acquired by Qualcomm Inc.)

Summit’s battery charging technology changed the world. When Summit invented a charging algorithm that reduced battery charge time by orders of magnitude (“TurboCharge”), they turned to Fountainhead to protect these vital IP assets. Knowing that companies around the world would stop at nothing to “design around” Summit’s innovations, Fountainhead worked with Summit engineers to craft numerous claim strategies to make their IP as impregnable as possible. Summit was later sold to Qualcomm for hundreds of millions of dollars based in large part on their IP portfolio, portions of which was later asserted against Apple.

Software

SAP is a global leader in business process software. Since the seminal Supreme Court case of Alice Corp. v CLS Bank, which significantly raised the bar for patenting business process software patents, protecting these key IP assets has been no easy task. For almost two decades, Fountainhead Law has worked with SAP to lead the field in patenting business process software patents, having successfully obtained hundreds of valid and granted patents for SAP and other clients in this nuanced and challenging technology space.

Wireless

When wireless titan Qualcomm launched its seminal patent lawsuit against Apple, from over 200,000 patents in their arsenal, they selected just 12 patents deemed capable of withstanding the rigors of Apple’s rigorous patent defenses. Fountainhead Law proudly prosecuted two (2) of the selected 12 Qualcomm patents, contributing to Qualcomm’s favorable settlement with Apple of this epic patent battle.

Software Systems

When Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, set out to transform Microsoft’s strategic vision, the legal team turned to Fountainhead’s broad range of expertise in software, hardware, AI, and other technologies to protect the new technology areas that Microsoft was venturing into. Fountainhead has helped Microsoft preserve the wealth of innovations along their technology roadmaps from software to AI and spanning both the analog and digital semiconductor worlds.