Honigman’s Patent practice is a group of attorneys with extensive experience, specific technical knowledge, and years of industry involvement. The majority of our team possesses advanced technical degrees, hands-on experience as research scientists or engineers, and/or backgrounds in-house at global corporations across a range of industries. Our lawyers and patent agents are trusted partners who work hand-in-hand with our clients to design, execute, and enhance patent portfolios in a straightforward, comprehensive, and cost-efficient manner. We assist our clients in maximizing business competitiveness by securing and safeguarding commercially relevant patents that coincide with their business goals.

The distinctive hallmark of our Patent practice is that we anticipate and understand technical and legal developments across the United States and abroad and thereby are able to plan the most effective business strategies to maximize patent life cycles in relevant markets.

Our Patent practice group attorneys represent clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups, universities, and independent inventors across the U.S., with particular technical strengths in the software, electrical, mechanical, and chemical areas, as well as in the life sciences industry. Chambers USA states “Honigman has strong depth in patent preparation and prosecution for complex biological areas.”

Our services include:

Patent Preparation and Prosecution

  • Patent portfolio strategy and management in the U.S. and worldwide
  • Established track record in preparing and procuring medical, chemical, biotech, computer, electrical, and mechanical patents
  • Post-allowance patent practice (oppositions, patent term adjustments, and patent term extensions)  

Consulting and Opinions  

  • Patent opinions (validity, freedom-to-operate, and infringement)
  • Patent due diligence in the context of product development, patent enforcement, and corporate transaction
  • Competitor intelligence (competitor review and monitoring)

Licensing and Transactional Matters

  • Patent licensing
  • Patent aspects of research and development agreements
  • University and government licensing
  • Patent aspects of mergers and acquisitions   

Technical Strengths

Honigman is particularly known for its technical strength in the life sciences, software, electrical, mechanical, and chemical industries. Our intimate knowledge of these industries is derived from having technical and in-house experience with leading pharmaceutical, medical device, chemical, and biotechnology companies as well as experience working with individuals working on advanced research, technologies, and processes to secure protections and to ensure the global marketability of their work product.

Honigman’s intellectual property attorneys help clients protect and defend mission-critical assets, as well as help position our clients to competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Our work in the life sciences spans a wide range of applications and disciplines—from pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and medical imaging to treatment protocols, genetics, stem cell research, vaccines, and more.

We possess particular strengths in the following areas:

Life Sciences  

  • Medical devices 
  • Medical imaging 


  • Compositions of matter  
  • Small molecules 
  • Biologics 
  • Solid forms  
  • Drug combinations 
  • Bioactive metabolites 
  • Pharmaceutical formulations 
  • Treatment methods 
  • Synthetic processes 
  • Diagnostic kits  


  • Cell and molecular
  • Gene therapy  
  • Genomics
  • RNA interference 
  • Stem cell technology 


  • Automotive components  
  • Footwear and apparel  
  • Mechanical devices
  • Optical systems 


  • Communication systems 
  • Memory systems
  • Compilers 
  • Mobile and telecommunications  
  • Data storage systems 
  • Networking systems 
  • Sensor systems 
  • Semiconductors


  • Artificial intelligence 
  • Autonomous and semi-autonomous navigation systems 
  • Behavioral systems  
  • Autonomous mobility platforms
  • Sensor systems 
  • Vision systems 


  • Analytics and algorithms 
  • Augmented reality 
  • Cloud computing
  • Enterprise software solutions 
  • Internet applications 
  • Mobile applications 


  • Electrochemistry 
  • Electroplating
  • Process chemistry 
  • Solid state chemistry  
  • Analytical chemistry 
  • Polymers 

Material Science

  • Batteries
  • Fuel cells
  • Nanotechnology

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