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Industrial Manufacturing

Manufacturing change

Industrial manufacturing powers much of the world’s economy and represents a large, diverse, and highly innovative sector. From farm machinery that sows and harvests the world’s food supply to airplanes and telecommunications equipment that connect the global community, industrial manufacturing plays a crucial role in producing goods and services that consumers either need or have come to expect. To expand market share, increase profitability, and remain competitive, manufacturers constantly seek to develop new product lines, enhance supply chains, improve inventory control, consolidate or outsource resources to improve efficiencies, and identify alternative components, parts, or ingredients. Innovations like these need solid protection. Finnegan has a long history of working with leading industrial manufacturing companies and delivering legal strategies to help protect, advocate, and leverage their valuable IP assets.

Understanding both the law and breakthrough science and technology

Protecting the advancements within this sector requires a multidisciplinary IP team. Finnegan’s legal and scientific expertise meets the myriad needs of industrial manufacturers. Our lawyers and professionals have deep experience in aeronautical, electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering; materials science; chemistry; biology; and microbiology. Nearly 50 of our professionals are former U.S. patent examiners, many with experience in industrial-related fields, such as transmissions, robotics, textile manufacturing equipment, construction equipment, pump and valve assemblies, armaments, oil well drilling equipment, and various types of engine systems. In high-stakes cases involving complex matters, our professionals rely on their legal and technical backgrounds to provide insight and advice to clients on issues that have critical legal and business implications.

Protection for everyday improvements as well as cutting-edge advancements

Finnegan attorneys have worked on a wide range of projects for industrial manufacturing clients. The diverse work has included analyzing and prosecuting patents to better measure machine workflow; patent mapping and mining the competitive landscape of alternative energy sources; drafting and negotiating international transactions to license manufacturing technologies; advising clients on government contracting rules relating to aeronautical IP; counseling clients on export controls that may affect the international trade of computer equipment; and litigating automotive patents before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

From determining the competitive landscape for new products to developing winning litigation strategies, we provide a full range of services to our industrial manufacturing clients, including:

  • Conducting invention capture sessions
  • Drafting and prosecuting patent applications 
  • Writing opinions and providing ongoing counseling for new and evolving technologies 
  • Developing licensing programs 
  • Conducting due diligence investigations 
  • Developing portfolio management strategies 
  • Counseling on government contracting and export rules as they relate to intellectual property 
  • Protecting against infringement through litigation or other dispute resolution options 
  • Providing trademark protection and counseling
Far-reaching experience

We have handled matters for clients in virtually every sector of the industrial manufacturing industry: 

  • Alternative energy technologies 
  • Automobiles 
  • Construction 
  • Electric lighting and wiring 
  • Electrical transmission and distribution 
  • Engine systems Fabricated metals 
  • Farm and garden machinery 
  • Iron and steel foundries 
  • Lumber and wood products 
  • Metalworking machinery and equipment 
  • Nonferrous foundries 
  • Oil and drilling 
  • Pumps and valves 
  • Robotics 
  • Search, detection, navigation, and guidance systems 
  • Textiles
A diverse client base

We work with innovative clients of all sizes, including Fortune 100 and Global 1000 companies in industrial manufacturing. Our clients include:

  • 3M 
  • Bridgestone Firestone 
  • Caterpillar 
  • Hyundai/Kia Motors 
  • Imerys 
  • Konica Minolta 
  • LG Electronics 
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 
  • Subaru
  • Toyota Motor Corporation
  • United Technologies Corporation