Services

Stay Competitive With Skilled Legal Counsel

Whether you need litigation expertise for an upcoming trial, legal knowledge to establish and defend your intellectual property rights, or general counsel to promote your company’s growth, BRADFORD, LTD is here to help. We offer three central legal services to ensure your business minimizes liability and maximizes its chances of success in a competitive industry.

General Counsel

BRADFORD is honored to serve as outside general counsel to various technology, healthcare, and hospitality companies in the United States, South America, Asia, and Africa. Regardless of whether our clients keep in-house counsel, companies often turn to us for critical general counsel services such as business development, legal strategy, regulatory direction, contract review, and retention of legal experts when unique issues require a deeper level of expertise.

BRADFORD invests time and energy learning about our clients, the challenges they face, and the fundamentals of their success. Because we are truly devoted to your long-term success, we pay attention to what matters most to you by learning your industry and anticipating the challenges you may face. We look forward to every opportunity to move you closer to your goals.

To that end, the BRADFORD team attends trade shows, joins trade organizations, and networks with others in the field so we can provide a three-dimensional service. To name only a few examples, we have joined the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association, the Western Health Alliance, and the Colorado Bio-Sciences Association in order to become fully acquainted with the industries we serve. We endeavor to be more than members in these associations, aiming for leadership positions to help our clients in the courtrooms, boardrooms, showrooms, and patient rooms where they show up to work each and every day.

Trials

BRADFORD is a trial firm with the first-chair trial experience to guide any person or company through the complexities of a lawsuit. Success can take many forms, and we work with you to define your goals and achieve them through skillful courtroom advocacy and thoughtful relations with the opposing counsel. In the end, you want a trial lawyer who can walk into any courtroom and tell a compelling narrative that will persuade a jury to your favor. We think several steps ahead to prepare you in the event the other side is unwilling to resolve the case on your terms.

BRADFORD has been designated as lead trial counsel for over a dozen technology, healthcare, and hospitality companies. We have handled over a thousand civil disputes and tried over several dozen matters to verdict. Our trial and litigation experience broadly encompasses three areas:

  1. Business disputes involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, anti-competitive conduct, anti-trust violations, false advertising, trade secrets, Lanham Act violations, bad faith, and breach of contract;
  2. Defense of catastrophic injury disputes filed by customers or patients where the injury is allegedly caused by an automotive product, a medical device, a licensed professional, a recreational activity, or a client’s business operations; and
  3. Last minute retention by a new client who aims to try a case within a few days or weeks. In every instance, BRADFORD has emerged from the trial with either the desired result or one that exceeded the client’s expectations.

When ligation happens, BRADFORD will be there to help you in state, federal, and appellate courts around the country. Using a variety of connections, we partner with respected local attorneys to ensure that local customs and practices are infused into your legal representation. From our strategic headquarters in the Rocky Mountains, we have successfully represented clients in courts based in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. We have also handled appeals to the Supreme Court of the United States, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Colorado Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit, and the Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. BRADFORD also offers expert witness services and has served as an expert in patent cases involving claims for attorney fees. Finally, our legal team offers trial consulting in the form of focus groups, mock jury trials, and trial strategy services.

Intellectual Property

Prosecution: Great Ideas Protected

“GREAT IDEAS PROTECTED” is not just a slogan—it’s the goal of our service. In its purest form, our service involves identifying and protecting intellectual property on your behalf. A rich and robust intellectual property portfolio should include patents, trademarks and trade dress, copyrights, and trade secrets, when applicable. Your company should actively consider whether its innovations should be subject to a patent, trademark, or copyright application, and we have the experience to counsel you on how these pieces may fit together. Simply put, a robust IP portfolio adds to the bottom line value of your company and its position in the marketplace.

We take a full-view approach to the protection of your intellectual property. We work with you to determine your corporate policies to encourage and document innovation, and we provide in-house training to help your employees understand intellectual property in the United States.

In particular, BRADFORD works with members of the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association and the Colorado BioSciences Association to identify and seek protections for their innovations. We work with SEMA members to identify multiple ways to safeguard their consumer products, including the use of design patents, trademarks, and copyright for shorter-term protections while a utility patent is pending. We aim to obtain relevant protections within a relevant time frame—not years after a product has lost its market value.

When the time comes to file an application to protect your company’s intellectual property, we partner with an attorney that is well-versed in your technology, ensuring your application has the best chance at delivering useful protections for your innovations, creative works, and ideas. We partner with the patent attorney or agent to make sure the application is clear and enforceable if granted by the USPTO. We offer flat fees for application preparation and prosecution.

Post-Grant Review

With the enactment of the America Invents Act, every company must consider how post-grant review proceedings can be used to protect their position in the marketplace. BRADFORD works with clients to assess patents newly issued to competitors to determine whether additional challenges should be levied against the patent in the form of a Petition for Review.

Oftentimes, the opportunity to launch a post-grant review has passed when a client is served with a lawsuit alleging patent infringement. BRADFORD has substantial experience launching and defending Inter Partes Reviews of patents implicated in a new lawsuit. The Inter Partes Review Process focuses exclusively on patent validity and can help to streamline case management. We will work with you to determine if and when such a challenge makes sense for your case.

International Trade Commission

Market exclusivity is the goal of any business.  Under Section 337 of the Tariff Act, the International Trade Commission can stop the import of infringing products at the border.  While the ITC will not address monetary damages for infringement, the ITC does have the power to stop you or your competitors from importing goods that infringe US patents and trademarks.   Through efficient and effective filings, BRADFORD can work with you toward the goal of achieving market exclusivity for your patented product through actions initiated under Section 337.  If you happen to be on the receiving end of a Section 337 action, BRADFORD can work with you toward the goal of defeating the ITC’s investigation or the petitioner’s efforts to prevent future imports.

Litigation

BRADFORD represents inventors, creatives, and companies in litigation arising out of consumer products that may be covered by a patent, trademark, copyright, or trade secret. We represent the intellectual property holder as well as the company accused of using the intellectual property. From Fortune 500 companies to garage inventors, we have handled cases from inception through appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Litigation involving intellectual property is complex and expensive. It is critical that you retain an attorney who can evaluate your case efficiently and provide an honest assessment of the risks and benefits of litigation. We often advise clients to resolve matters quickly, as the cost of litigation can easily outpace the amount in dispute. As we approach representation with the long view, we want to ensure you spend your legal budget on an important fight that you can win.

Trial lawyers judge each other by their courage to fail and wisdom to succeed in a tough battle. BRADFORD has substantial lead counsel experience with all aspects of patent litigation including:

  • Injunction hearings
  • Motions to Stay
  • Inter Partes Reviews at the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Markman hearings
  • Summary judgment hearings
  • Evidentiary hearings to exclude opposing experts
  • Jury trials
  • Post-trial motions practice
  • Appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Appeals to the Supreme Court of the the United States
  • Amicus Briefs

As a result, BRADFORD can provide you with a full view of the risks and benefits of intellectual property litigation, a likely cost associated with the representation, and the options available to help you reach a resolution. Every case is unique, just like every client’s goals. We work with you, in conjunction with our experience, to tackle the case strategically and decisively.

BRADFORD, LTD is here to serve. If you have any questions about our legal services, contact our law firm for more information. We look forward to analyzing your particular case and finding solutions that work for you.