Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC

With thousands of hours of advice and hundreds of patents and trademarks our team of highly experienced patent and trademark lawyers has been filing and defending trademarks and patents for collective decades at reasonable rates and fixed fees.

Firm Overview

Business seeks profit. Uniquely, we embrace our clients' understanding of their business goals first and work backwards to a sensible legal course of action. Trademark and patent litigation, business disputes, government contracts and both US and international IP patents, trademarks and copyrights are just a few of the concerns that we handle for businesses the world over. From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies and sovereign governments, our talented Washington DC business lawyers consistently manage disputes, transactions, and intellectual property assets in an aggressive and cost-effective manner.

Our diverse backgrounds in software and process patents, biotechnology, electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering as well as boasting ex-military officers and and lawyers with MBAs makes us the choice of intelligent, thoughtful and yet cost conscious business both small and large around the United States. Located mere minutes from the United States Patent & Trademark office we are strategically located to deliver value.

Intellectual Property

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig understands the imperative of intellectual property protection. We use the most up-to-date, most secure methods to file your U.S. and international trademark, patent, and copyright applications. Our intellectual property attorneys include engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs who put decades of knowledge and experience to work for every client. From trademark and patent clearance searches to settling and litigating infringement disputes, we can aggressively defend your rights and interests. When a negotiated settlement is unavailable, our infringement litigation team has an impressive record of victories on behalf of our clients.
Main Office
Main Office
8300 Boone Blvd
Suite 225
Vienna  VA  22182
Phone
  • (703) 777-7319
Fax
  • (703) 777-3656
Websites
Intellectual Property
We are a one-stop shop for all your intellectual property needs (patent, trademark and copyright). From filing and prosecution to ongoing management, monitoring and disputes - we can handle all of your IP needs.
Our intellectual property team is comprised of professors, engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. They bring that knowledge to all aspects of their representation from pre-filing due diligence such as patent and trademark clearance searches and opinions, to responding to office actions and settling and litigating infringement disputes. Our intellectual property lawyers aren't afraid to stand up for your rights. While we aim to settle disputes through negotiation, our team is skilled in infringement litigation and offers world-class representation in court.

Trademarks:
A trademark can be any type of distinct symbol that represents your company, a valuable commodity that you need to legally establish and protect. The trademark prosecution lawyers at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC can ensure your trademarks remain uniquely yours, helping with the trademark prosecution process, filing timely responses to any office actions and providing strong representation during Trademark and Trial Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings.

A federally registered trademark is a powerful way to protect your business's name or logo and investments made in advertising and promotion. When disputes arise about eligibility for a federal registration, they are commonly litigated in a specialized forum called the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), which is a branch of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. TTAB procedures in trademark opposition and trademark cancellation proceedings are fairly unique and differ from a traditional litigation in state or federal court. Accordingly, to protect a federal registration, it is important to associate with an trademark litigation lawyer that has experience in representing trademark owners nationwide in these unique cases.

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig's trademark litigation lawyers are well-versed in U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board practice and have represented numerous domestic and international companiesfrom small start-ups to large corporations across a wide variety of marketsin defending their rights to a federal trademark registration. Our TTAB practice includes:

Trademark Opposition proceedings
Trademark Cancellation proceedings
Ex Parte Appeals of final refusals issued by the Trademark Examiner
Concurrent Use Proceedings
Trademark Dispute Settlement Negotiations, including negotiations of coexistence agreements and licensing agreements
We also offer low cost flat fee trademark search services, as well as monitoring and docketing services, which can help avoid disputes before they arise.

Copyright:
Although copyright protection technically exists as soon as a creative work has been created, securing a federal registration has a number of advantages. Copyright registration offers substantial benefits. Without a federal registration, it is more difficult to enforce your rights to stop acts of infringement, and a federal registration also avoids disputes about authorship by providing evidence of the date of creation. A federal registration is therefore extremely important in stopping infringement, maintaining control of a work, and avoiding costly legal disputes.

Your creative works of expression may be your most valuable assets. If they are not fully protected with federal copyright registration, now is the time; a legal dispute in the future will be far more costly and time-consuming than any fees you'll pay for federal copyright registration today.

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig's experienced copyright registration lawyers have filed copyright applications for a wide variety of clients, including major film studios, photographers, to software developers, writers, musicians, and visual artists. We have also prosecuted copyright applications and requests for reconsideration of application refusals, assisted our clients with complex licensing arrangements, and resolved a number of complicated copyright disputes. Copyright owners are entitled by law to recover statutory damages, and they become eligible to recover attorney fees against infringers. Statutory damages are awarded by the courts and do not require the copyright owner to prove any specific loss.

Domain Names Disputes:
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the private sector, non-profit corporation responsible for databases related to the namespaces of the Internet and for guaranteeing the Internet's stability and security. Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig counsels and represents our business clients regarding disputes handled under the ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). Disputes regarding domain names can emerge from legitimate commercial competition as well as from misunderstandings and business opportunism. Misunderstandings are common regarding the rules governing the registration and use of domain names.
Patents
We handle hundreds of new patent applications each year for everything from simple mechanical inventions, to complex electrical patents, chemical patents, biotechnology patents and software and app patents.
In today's fast-paced, technology-driven world, more and more people are creating wonderful products that make life easier and more enjoyable for everyone. Unfortunately there are always those individuals who look to make a fast buck by copying what's already on the market. While we can't promise that such an occurrence will never happen, we can make sure your ideas and products are properly registered with the government, and that patents and trademarks are secured so that you're protected. When someone does try to cash in on your success, you'll have all the evidence documenting that you followed standard procedures, thus enabling you to win the case.

When it comes time to license or get the technology into the marketplace we are there for you.

For entrepreneurs and small businesses we offer a simple, low-cost online application process. All you have to do is follow the provided links, and you'll be able to file your patent, copyright or trademark online in minutes. By submitting it through us, we are recorded as your US patent attorney and are able to be the go-between in all related matters. This keeps your information private, and puts a barrier between you and con artists who may try to mislead and cheat you. If you do need further assistance from one of our US patent attorneys, we offer flat rate services for both patent and trademark actions.

Besides our easy-to-use option for smaller clients who may not have the resources to have us handle everything, we also offer personalized services for larger companies who need one-on-one attention. Among the services we offer are:

Fling and searching patents in the United States and Worldwide
Registration of patents, trademarks and copyrights
Protection of brand identities
Management of intellectual property portfolios
Counsel on business intelligence and trade secrets
Trademark monitoring
Counsel in responding to self-completed applications

Protect Your Patent with Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC

You've worked hard to build a brand, business and reputation that you're proud of; don't let anyone take that away from you. A team of more than 20 attorneys is here to help. Whether your business needs assistance protecting the company's intellectual property, or you're an entrepreneur who's bursting with ideas and needs legal protection, our team at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig can help you. We offer an array of services that help you protect and defend your intellectual property and physical products. Contact us today for an evaluation!

Infringement:
Patent protection fosters commercial innovation and creativity. It's a driving force in many sectors of the economy. A number of companies view their patent portfolios as absolutely essential to their ongoing business, both for exploiting the patented technologies as well as serving as a tool for settling infringement claims through cross-licensing agreements. Patents truly are the lifeblood of the biotechnology, computing, electronics, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and software industries, among many others. Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig's experienced patent infringement attorneys have litigated and settled a number of patent infringement matters on behalf of clients who have been both plaintiffs and defendants. We have represented clients in a wide range of industries, from electronics and telecommunications to mining, heavy manufacturing, and consumer goods.

Our patent infringement litigation team is constantly re-evaluating the client's risks and benefits during the course of litigation, re-assessing settlement and litigation strategies on an ongoing basis as new facts are discovered. Our attorneys fully understand that, in many cases, putting a stop to the infringing conduct and preserving a client's market share can be just as important or even more important than financial remedies, and we often seek restraining orders and preliminary injunctions early in an infringement case to accomplish precisely those goals.

Our patent infringement attorney litigation team has significant experience litigating and resolving patent disputes in a number of contexts and industries, and on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. We bring that experience to the table through all stages of the dispute resolution process, from the initial evaluation of the case through settlement efforts and ultimately trial.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I started the firm after leaving active military service and then obtaining a degree in biotechnology and an MBA. At the time I was also the CEO of a start-up biotechnology company (called Ceres Nanosciences, Inc. - with which I am still involved. Over time as partners with specialties joined the firm we evolved into the AV rated, AVVO 10.0 top 2.5% 25 lawyer intellectual property law firm. Small enough to care, big enough to be dangerous and manage IP portfolios for patent and trademark clients ranging from one-person start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Our diverse backgrounds in software and process patents, biotechnology, electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering as well as boasting ex-military officers and and lawyers with MBAs makes us the choice of intelligent, thoughtful and yet cost conscious business both small and large around the United States. Located mere minutes from the United States Patent & Trademark office we are strategically located to deliver value.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Business seeks profit. Uniquely, we embrace our clients' understanding of their business goals first and work backwards to a sensible legal course of action. Trademark and patent litigation, business disputes, government contracts and both US and international IP patents, trademarks and copyrights are just a few of the concerns that we handle for businesses the world over. From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies and sovereign governments, our talented Washington DC business lawyers consistently manage disputes, transactions, and intellectual property assets in an aggressive and cost-effective manner.

Thomas Dunlap

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