Strategic Counseling

Our clients' goals are as individual as our clients themselves. We bring years of success in helping clients design and execute patent strategies to achieve their unique objectives, whether they are innovative start-ups, multinational corporations, research universities, buy-out targets, or other type of IP-driven organization. We understand that while IP for one company is a means to protect current market share and US manufacturing base; for another company, IP is a tool to provide access to venture capital; and for a third company it can provide entry into a new product market. For a university, IP can provide licensing revenues, support spin-offs, and attract grants; while for a small-cap company, IP may be an integral component of its preferred exit strategy. And of course not all organizations can devote the same level of resources to acquiring and maintaining patents.

We help our clients achieve their objectives by planning, modifying, and executing IP strategies that achieve a competitive advantage consistent with their start-to-finish-line goals. Senniger Powers brings much more to the table than high quality patent prosecution skills. Our team provides counsel and accomplishment in the following areas:

  • IP asset acquisition
  • Patent prosecution strategies
  • Asset licensing
  • Clearance
  • Cross-licensing and enforcement strategies
  • Validity/Infringement analyses and opinions
  • Competitor portfolio analysis
  • Client portfolio assessment and analysis

Recent IP Headlines


Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 – Offer of Judgment:  A Useful Tool for Defendants Accused of Copyright Infringement

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68—a seemingly straightforward rule—provides a powerful, yet underutilized tool for any defendant, but particularly a defendant accused of infringing a copyright.


Senniger Attorneys Published in The St. Louis Bar Journal

The Spring 2017 edition of The St. Louis Bar Journal features two articles on Intellectual Property issues written by Senniger Powers attorneys.


Supreme Court Finds that Laches is No Longer a Defense in Patent Litigation

On March 21, 2017, the Supreme Court in a 7-to-1 decision, ruled that the equitable defense of laches is not available to a patent infringement defendant.


Marc Vander Tuig Speaks on Significant 2016 Federal Circuit Decisions

Marc W. Vander Tuig was a co-presenter at the recently-held 2017 Federal Circuit Year in Review seminar at the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL).


Supreme Court Finds that Shipping a Single Component Abroad Can Never Constitute Infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(f)(1)

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court found that Life Technologies Corp. is not liable for infringing a Promega Corp. patent in a situation where it shipped only a single component, Taq polymerase, to a facility in the United Kingdom that created allegedly infringing products.


Robert Bain Named a Top St. Louis Lawyer for Your Small Business 

St. Louis Small Business Monthly has named Robert M. Bain one of the 2017 Top Small Business Lawyers. 

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