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An emerging technology comes of age

Technological advances in the fields of semiconductors, sensors, digital imaging, wireless communications, control software, and material science have contributed to the resurgence in robotics research and development. Today’s robots are smaller, quicker, cheaper, and more intelligent than ever before. These next-generation robotic systems are easily programmed to perform different tasks as market needs evolve, are able to intelligently learn from feedback, and are much more autonomous than their ancestors. Advances have also led to entirely new robotic systems and applications— previously only imagined—now flooding nearly every industry.

As companies develop and enhance the technologies driving these advancements in robotics, it is critical that they have a strategic and sophisticated plan for safeguarding their valuable intellectual property assets.

Protecting robotics innovations: A multidisciplinary approach

Finnegan works with leaders and innovators in the diverse markets that have contributed to recent and evolving developments in the robotics arena. We are also involved with the robotics community through industry organizations such as the MassTLC Robotics Cluster. The multidisciplinary nature of robotics demands professionals who truly understand the various underlying technologies involved in any given device, as well as the nuanced interplay between these technologies. Our attorneys possess technical expertise in electrical and computer technologies, software, biotechnology, industrial manufacturing, mechanical engineering, computer vision, nanotechnology, computer graphics, graphical user interfaces, and other related fields. Close to a hundred of our professionals hold doctoral degrees, and more than a hundred have masters of science degrees in these highly complex disciplines. This breadth and depth of technical expertise uniquely positions us to protect our clients’ intellectual property in the realm of robotics.

Additionally, many of our attorneys have previously had successful careers as engineers and research scientists, patent examiners, and in-house counsel. Our ability to not only understand the legal issues involved, but also thoroughly grasp the science that is at the foundation of our clients’ products and services, allows us to provide superior legal guidance that ultimately results in strong, defensible, and enforceable patents.

Promoting investments in cutting-edge technologies

Finnegan understands the highly competitive nature of the robotics industry, the demands of investors and shareholders to generate value, and the importance of securing early and meaningful protection of intellectual property rights. From determining the competitive landscape for new products to developing winning litigation strategies, we provide a full range of services to our clients:

  • Developing and executing prosecution strategies to ensure strong patents and a robust IP portfolio.  
  • Analyzing competitors’ IP to avoid infringement and identify weaknesses in their portfolios. 
  • Increasing portfolio value by identifying potentially high-value assets that can be improved using strategic prosecution techniques. 
  • Preparing and negotiating licenses and other transactions to commercialize IP rights. 
  • Counseling on research and development options that minimize patent obstacles. 
  • Providing due diligence for merger and acquisition targets. 
  • Counseling on business-related matters, including antitrust and competition issues.
  • Providing trademark prosecution and counseling services.
  • Advising on potential litigation strategies and deploying experienced trial and appellate teams.
Vast experience in related disciplines

Finnegan attorneys have secured, analyzed, commercialized, and/or defended the IP assets of clients in virtually every technology area associated with the robotics industry:

  • Intelligent software systems utilizing machine learning and other artificial intelligence techniques
  • Cloud-based software applications
  • Biomedical devices
  • Semiconductors
  • Neuro-prosthetic devices and intelligent sensors
  • Precision industrial manufacturing
  • Wireless communications and mobile networking
  • Computer vision and digital imaging
  • Nanotechnology
  • Remote-controlled and unmanned vehicles
  • Wearable computers
  • Man-machine interfaces, immersive virtual environments