At Workman Nydegger, we believe that intellectual property requires more than just helping our clients obtain patents, trademarks and copyrights. We strive to help our clients understand how to think about creating asset value through strategic development of their IP portfolio. This requires a careful blend of technical, legal and practical experience. Our attorneys and staff understand how to work closely with your key innovators and business managers to make sure we not only clearly understand the technical aspects of your innovations, but also how those technical advances are expected to yield a sales advantage in the market place, so that portfolio development centers on strategic and market objectives, not just technical innovation. We work hard to help the leaders in your organization gain crucial insight and understanding into the world of intellectual property so that their decisions are more informed.
W|N is also known for its close working relationship with the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office. We believe in a "hands on" approach and many of our attorneys regularly conduct Examiner interviews in order to quickly narrow the issues and reach resolution in pending patent cases.
The firm’s founding shareholder and managing director Rick Nydegger has been instrumental over the years in working with the USPTO at its highest levels in the development of various policy initiatives, including a number of its patent examination guidelines. In 2002 he was asked to lead a blue ribbon task force from the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association in assisting the USPTO in the development of its 21st Century Strategic Plan. The following year, he was appointed to a three-year term by Department of Commerce Secretary Don Evans to chair the Patent Public Advisory Committee of the USPTO, which was created by statute in 1999 to advise the USPTO on matters relating to the policies, goals, performance and budget of the Office.
From the highest policy levels to the day-to-day workings of the patent and trademark examining corps, our attorneys are among some of the most well-known and respected attorneys who do business with the USPTO. We have helped some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated companies protect innovations in mechanics, electronics, chemistry, physics and optics, computer and software technology, e-commerce and business methods, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and life science technologies and branding.