Protecting chemical innovations through patents, trade secrets, licensing, enforcement and technology transfer in the United States demands more than the ability to describe a formula or reaction. Broad knowledge of the field is essential, including an understanding of the underlying processes, reactions, interactions, materials and compositions. Our Chemical Patent practitioners not only have the legal expertise and experience resulting from years of practice in this specialized field, they also have the substantive and scientific background. Our attorneys have degrees in chemistry, including organic and inorganic chemistry, chemical engineering, and material sciences and most have used their technical degrees in industry prior to entering the patent law field. Others have gained relevant experience working for government agencies, such as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

We bring experience in science and industry together in our commitment to provide the best protection available. Our patent experience includes analyzing patents, providing opinions on patentability, validity and infringement, preparing patent applications and prosecuting patents through to issuance. We also have extensive experience preparing premanufacture notifications, polymer exemptions and bona fide search requests for submission to the EPA in compliance with the Toxic Substances Control Act. At Sughrue, our substantive knowledge and experience enable us to keep abreast of new advances in this ever changing area and effectively meet our commitment of protecting our clients' innovations.

The attorneys in our Chemical Patent Practice Group have backgrounds or experience working with a range of matters that are related to chemical and chemical engineering processes, such as:

• Adhesives
• Agricultural chemicals
• Automotive gas sensors and control appartus
• Batteries, including lithium batteries
• Catalysts
• Ceramics
• Circuit boards
• Dyes
• Electrolytic apparatus and processes
• Electronic components (capacitors, ceramic filters)
• Engineering processes
• Fluorine chemistry
• Foods
• Glass
• Imaging materials and methods
• Laminates
• Light emitting devices (group III nitride and OLED)
• Lithography
• Metallurgy
• Nanomaterials
• Organic chemistry
• Organic compounds
• Packaging materials and containers
• Petrochemicals
• Phospholuminescent materials
• phosphors
• Photographic chemistry
• Photothermography
• Plastics
• Polymer chemistry
• Radiographic screens
• Reactor design
• Rubber technology
• Secondary batteries
• Semiconductors and superconductors
• Solid state gas sensors
• Spark plugs
• Specialty chemicals and surfactants
• Textiles