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Dorton & Willis LLP
How Can We Help You?
UTILITY & DESIGN PATENTS
Building and maintaining quality patent portfolios are critical for design and technology-centric businesses. Quality patents can provide a sword against infringers, as well as a shield to protect your investment. The generation of a high quality patent portfolio is key to successful innovation.
Our attorneys have engineering degrees, technical expertise, and extensive legal experience ensuring the highest quality patents. Two of our partners are former patent examiners with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Our services include evaluating patentable subject matter, drafting and prosecuting utility and design patent applications, and enforcement of patent rights. In circumstances where third parties have patents of interest to our clients, we counsel clients concerning possible redesign of products/processes, legal opinions setting forth non-infringement and invalidity positions, and conduct post grant proceedings to negate or mitigate patent infringement liability.
Our reach also extends outside of the U.S. when needs arise. Our reputation fosters strong relationships with numerous law firms around the world serving as local counsel for our clients.
TRADEMARKS & TRADE DRESS
Immediate identification of goods or services with your business promotes consumer confidence and loyalty. Trademarks accomplish both. Trademarks are "ambassadors" to consumers distinguishing your goods or services from all others. Correctly implemented, trademarks can last forever.
Building a brand requires careful trademark selection and protection. Clients seek our counsel to avoid selecting inherently problematic trademarks. Problematic trademarks include those that are generic and those that have been used or registered by others for the same or similar goods or services. We can help you select strong marks that avoid such issues and build your brands.
Protecting trademarks involves use and, commonly, registration of those marks, in addition to filing and prosecuting Trademark applications in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. We counsel clients to ensure appropriate trademark use and police for infringement. We advise clients on registration options and ensure that registrations remain intact and encompass the relevant goods or services.
Copyrights are often overlooked. Yet on a daily basis, more individuals come in contact with copyrights than any other form of intellectual property.
An original work of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression may create a copyright. Questions often arise about distinguishing permissible and impermissible copying. Can a copyright be registered? For how long? Who owns the copyright? Answering these questions and avoiding unnecessary business costs and delays is our role.
Educating and strategic planning with our clients ensures preparedness. Website content is a particular area of concern. Businesses outsourcing product production and product design almost always have copyright issues.
Our services include implementing reasonable measures to manage copyrights, contract provisions to address copyright ownership, enforcement of copyrights, defense against copyright claims, and registration of copyrights.
Legal agreements often safeguard intellectual property.
Confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements ensure subject matter can be disclosed between parties without sacrificing its proprietary nature. Technology development agreements facilitate intellectual property generation and identify each party's rights in the intellectual property.
Legal agreements also facilitate monetization of intellectual property. License agreements allow parties to use another's intellectual property for economic gain and reward the intellectual property owner. Asset purchase agreements document the sale of intellectual party from one party to another.
Legal agreements can resolve intellectual property disputes. Settlement agreements allow parties to move beyond disputes and focus on future success.
We negotiate and draft these and other intellectual property agreements for our clients.
David W. Dorton
David's areas of expertise include patent prosecution, client counseling, and licensing, with concentration in mechanical technologies. David has represented clients in the fields of packaging, manufacturing, dispensing, containers and closures, HVAC systems, sensing and testing equipment and devices, medical, dental, and veterinary devices and equipment, automotive, robotics, toys and games, juvenile and infant products, clothing, musical instruments, furniture, food preparation and processing equipment, aerospace products, and construction equipment and tools, to name a few.
Prior to founding Dorton & Willis, David practiced for 18 years with a large intellectual property boutique firm in Cincinnati, Ohio, and had 7 years of experience as a product engineer in the field of noise and vibration control, particularly in the design of elastomeric vibration isolators. He is an adjunct professor at Salmon P. Chase Law School and resides in Mason, Ohio with his wife Kim and their children.
Ryan L. Willis
Ryan started his legal career at an AmLaw 200 firm and was a partner there prior to founding Dorton & Willis LLP. Ryan's areas of expertise include patent procurement, enforcement, defense, licensing, acquisition and divestment, as well as similar areas involving trademark practice.
Ryan's patent expertise includes surgical equipment, semiconductors, surgical navigation systems, medical imaging equipment, thermoelectrics, loading dock equipment, and surgical implants such as prosthetics and biologics. In the surgical equipment field, Ryan has represented Fortune 500 companies including ZimmerBiomet (including both Zimmer and Biomet individually prior to Zimmer’s acquisition of Biomet), C.R. Bard (now part of Becton Dickinson), and AtriCure.
Ryan lives in Morrow, Ohio with his wife Jessie and their two children.
Kevin G. Rooney
Kevin's practice expertise includes patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, client counseling, opinions, due diligence, licensing and litigation strategy. Kevin has over 30 years of patent experience in areas including industrial equipment such as molding, dispensing, printing, lighting, machining, automotive, food processing, scientific devices, and glass manufacturing apparatus, medical equipment and devices, e.g., cardiovascular, laparoscopic, ophthalmic, histopathologic, drug delivery, and orthopedic devices and systems, high security locks and access control systems, home improvement equipment such as lawn mowing and other lawn and garden care, pressure washers, snow blowers, hand tools and similar technology, agricultural equipment and machinery, wind turbine technology, fiber optic and telecommunications equipment, consumer products such as plastic containers, furniture, hygiene products, hardware and firearm technology.
Prior to joining Dorton & Willis, Kevin practiced for 26 years with an intellectual property boutique firm in Cincinnati, Ohio, and had five years of experience as a Patent Examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Among other professional activities, for many years Kevin was an adjunct professor at Salmon P. Chase Law School teaching patent preparation and prosecution. His pro bono activities include years as an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau of Cincinnati.
Matthew P. Hayden
Matt's practice includes patent application preparation and prosecution, patent strategy, freedom-to-practice, licensing, and trademark counseling and procurement.
Prior to joining Dorton & Willis, Matt was an in-house attorney at a Fortune 10 corporation as intellectual property counsel for a $1.5B business unit with over 100 active new technology development programs. Prior to going in-house, Matt was an attorney for an AmLaw 100 firm.
Matt's expertise covers a wide range of technology areas, including mechanical devices, electrical power generation and distribution systems, electronics, safety and control systems, medical devices, and aerospace systems.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Matt graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a naval officer in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear submarine force, where he qualified as a Nuclear Engineer Officer.
Matt resides in Deerfield Township, Ohio, with his wife and their two sons. He enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, and running.
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