Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights Lawyer

The attorneys at The Van Winkle Law Firm hold decades of combined experience in patent and trademark prosecution, intellectual property litigation, and privacy and information security compliance. Our partners have been involved in nearly all aspects of domestic and international intellectual property consultation and transactions, prosecution, and litigation.

Our business attorneys in North Carolina are experienced in dealing with inventions, business methods, commercial items, chemicals and materials, electrical, mechanical, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and more. Our IP Practice Group assists individual entrepreneurs, start-ups, and private and public companies to protect their patent, trademark, and copyright interests. Additionally, our firm assists clients with trademark and copyright protection and registration matters, including representation in proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Practice Highlights

Exemplary Electrical Patents

  • 8,280,652 – Sensor, Method, and System of Monitoring Transmission Lines
  • 8,164,308 – Apparatus and Method for Capturing Cosmic Background Radiation and Converting the Same to Electricity
  • 7,999,689 – Household Appliance Operation Sensing and Control Having a Remotely Controlled AC Power Receptacle and AC Current Sensor
  • 7,345,756 – Image Based Fiber Length Measurements from Tapered Beards
  • 7,332,795 – Dielectric Passivation for Semiconductor Devices

Exemplary Industrial Patents

  • 7,942,308 – Composite Metal Extrusions and a Process for Producing Composite Metal Extrusions
  • 7,621,968 – Process for Producing Low Sodium Sea Salt From Sea Water
  • 6,907,994 – Process for Converting Wet Fly Ash into Dry Useful Industrial Products

Exemplary Software & Business Methods Patents

  • 8,335,696 – Indexed Competition Health Care Network Method
  • 8,280,802 – System and Method for Decisions in Trading Financial Instruments
  • 7,076,480 – Dynamic Adjustment of Commit Frequency
  • 8,208,949 – Navigation System for Portable Communication Devices
  • 6,951,013 – Method for Facilitating Development and Testing of Relational Database Application Software
  • 7,257,543 – System and Method for Marketing Cotton

Exemplary Mechanical Patents

  • 8,256,777 – Shopping Cart Adapted To Receive Elongated Items
  • 7,824,766 – Sorption Paper and Method of Producing Sorption Paper
  • 7,857,660 – Watt Hour Meter Socket Adapter with Current Transformer Housing Structure
  • 7,637,255 – Target Launcher Having Versatile Mounting Configurations
  • 7,411,136 – Multiple Batch System and Method for Loading Railcars of a Wide Range of Capacities and Designs
  • 7,398,752 – Rocker Arm for Valve Actuation
  • 7,153,469 – Four Edge Sealed Sterilization Wrap and Method for Sterilizing an Article
  • 6,908,022 – Washer Feeding and Positioning Attachment for Fastener Driver

Exemplary Biomedical Patents

  • 8,209,004 – Body-Based Monitoring of Brain Electrical Activity
  • 6,855,324 – Therapeutic Placebo Enhancement of Commonly Used Medications

Exemplary Consumer Products Patents

  • 8,087,595 – Combination Rinse Pitcher and Shower Spout
  • 8,069,517 – Combination Portable Diaper Changer and Disposable Bag Dispenser
  • 7,866,879 – Immersion Blender Spatula Rin
  • 7,028,914 – Piano Humidistat
  • 7,678,094 – Reusable Swim Diaper
  • 6,775,916 – Framer’s Layout Square