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J. Aron Carnahan

Team Lead
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Intellectual Property

Achieving your intellectual property goals.

With degrees and industry experience in biosciences, chemistry, physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, and engineering, computer science and animal sciences, Husch Blackwell’s intellectual property attorneys understand complex technologies. We relate our individual expertise specifically to the industries that we serve and apply it broadly to various aspects of intellectual property (IP) law.

Our team has expertise in all areas of intellectual property law, including:

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Trade secrets
  • Unfair competition
  • Antitrust
  • Anti-counterfeiting
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Entertainment and media


We try cases in popular IP venues across the country and in the courts of appeals, including the Federal Circuit, with a proven track record of accomplishments. Our trial teams comprise seasoned lawyers and true intellectual property litigators with experience in trials, Markman hearings and contentious motion practice, and appeals. We also are at the forefront of the new post-grant procedures at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) following implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and have been involved in a number of the early inter partes review and other post-grant proceedings. Our experience also includes actions at the International Trade Commission, U.S. Customs Service, Federal Trade Commission, Food and Drug Administration and other agencies.


  • Patent Prosecution. We have partnered with small, mid-sized and large companies, as well as universities, research facilities and individuals, to turn their innovations into industry. Our team of attorneys provides considerable experience in patent preparation and prosecution, licensing, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. We have prosecuted thousands of patents supporting a wide range of technologies and industries. 
  • Trademark Prosecution. We have substantial experience in clearing, evaluating, securing, managing and enforcing trademarks, service marks, copyrights, trade dress, and product and packaging configurations worldwide. We manage our clients’ domestic and global trademark estates and provide surveillance of marks worldwide. To be properly protected, trademarks and copyrights must be secured to the extent possible in all global markets. 
  • International Capabilities. To accommodate our clients’ need for global enforcement and protection, we have assembled an international network of associate law firms that includes more than 300 firms in 120 countries. The size and breadth of our network allows us to choose among these associate law firms to obtain the most efficient and cost-effective firm to handle the matter. In addition, every law firm within our network gained inclusion based on direct, personal work with the law firm by one of our attorneys. While we rely on a network of international associates to assist in prosecuting and defending our clients’ nondomestic intellectual property interests, our attorneys stay current on the laws of the various jurisdictions where litigation occurs and are heavily involved in prosecution and litigation strategy, document production and discovery, depositions, trials, mediations and settlement negotiations, as we believe that clients are best served by having their lead counsel closely manage prosecution and enforcement throughout the world.

Counseling and Licensing

Whether deciding which marks to license or maintaining your existing portfolio, we have the knowledge and expertise to provide wise counsel and to help you monetize your intellectual property assets. We have extensive experience negotiating technology licenses involving patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets and have managed worldwide licensing negotiations of intellectual property portfolios for clients, including negotiation of numerous licenses as part of the settlement of infringement cases.

We also offer a full slate of transactional services to support your business and technology objectives, including conducting searches and providing advice on registration availability; creating due diligence reviews and portfolio audits designed to determine value and interpret risk; developing maintenance schedules and assisting with all necessary filings; and preparing and negotiating various agreements such as nondisclosure, confidentiality, website hosting and noncompetes.

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Get in touch with our Intellectual Property team.

J. Aron Carnahan

Team Lead
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