Areas of Expertise

Gardella Grace provides personalized and tailored solutions for our clients’ diverse intellectual property needs. Our professionals have prevailed in numerous district court litigations and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office post-grant proceedings, developed and managed large U.S. and foreign patent portfolios, negotiated patent and technology licenses, and enforced clients’ trade secrets.
Post-Grant Proceedings

Post-Grant Proceedings

Our professionals have handled some of the highest stakes post-grant matters ever adjudicated by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. We’ve served as lead counsel for both challengers and patent owners in matters with stakes running into the billions of dollars — for example, Mr. Gardella’s successful defending of the famous TiVo DVR patent.


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Patent and Trade Secret Litigation

Patent and Trade Secret Litigation

Our enforcement campaigns have included infringement suits in the United States, Europe and Asia involving both patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation. We support all facets of trade secret protection and enforcement, from trade secret policy development to litigation. Our team is also intimately familiar with the latest litigation financing options available in the United States and taps these resources as appropriate.


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Patent Procurement

Patent Procurement

Also known in the field as "patent prosecution," patent procurement is one of Gardella Grace’s core competencies, and our approach is very different from that of many other firms. Overly broad patents are difficult to enforce and easy to defeat. As such, we file and obtain targeted claims aimed at protecting must-have features within our clients’ industries, while ensuring every patent specification provides rich and detailed descriptions of all potential alternative implementations to craft patent coverage that blocks competitors from a given space. We also develop portfolios for assertion campaigns designed to withstand invalidity attack and non-infringement posturing.


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Trade Secret Protection

Trade Secret Protection

Trade secrets are largely complementary to patent rights and are often an indispensable component of Gardella Grace’s intellectual property strategy. We find that for many clients, trade secrets are often more valuable than patent rights. As such, we develop and deploy trade secret policies and training and, when necessary, bring district court actions for misappropriation of trade secrets.


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Intellectual Property Transactions

Intellectual Property Transactions

We have decades of experience in negotiating and drafting out-bound and in-bound license agreements and often monetize our client's portfolios without the need to resort to litigation, (though sometimes litigation does prove necessary). Our team crafts settlement agreements as an extension of successful patent and trade secret enforcement efforts, and we often advise corporate clients on the intellectual property aspects of employment and supply agreements.


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