Nixon & Vanderhye PC

Nixon Vanderhye’s exclusive focus on IP law dates to its founding in 1985. It’s that focus that continues to attract – and retain – highly talented, experienced IP attorneys and professionals. Many of our lawyers have substantial experience working at the US Patent and Trademark Office, government commissions and agencies, and the courts. Our philosophy is shaped by our unwavering commitment to delivering results that allow our clients to secure, launch, build and leverage their IP assets into powerful portfolios. By combining our vision, creativity, deep IP experience and understanding of today’s technologies and processes, we take on our clients’ toughest challenges and greatest opportunities to achieve their short and long-term goals.

Our experience and capabilities

Nixon Vanderhye is dedicated to delivering efficient partner-level attention and creativity to every representation. Our deep bench of talented attorneys offers a comprehensive range of IP services – from clearance and prosecution of patents, trademarks or copyright applications, to adversarial matters in the United States and abroad, to preservation and enforcement of trade secrets – all combined with careful consideration of the legal landscape in the context of marketplace and business realities. Our attorneys are at the forefront of emerging legal and technical issues.

Our clients include start-ups and individual entrepreneurs, expanding ventures, established industry leaders with global footprints, colleges and universities, and major brands in a wide range of sectors such as manufacturing, chemical, medical media, technology and consumer goods.


Nixon Vanderhye works closely with clients at all stages to develop and implement a successful trademark and branding strategy. Our attorneys conduct searches and render opinions on the availability for use and registration of all types of trademarks, including word marks, slogans, colour and design marks. We consider the interplay between trademarks, trade dress, design patents and utility patents to develop a comprehensive strategy for our clients to protect every aspect of their products. Understanding the broader context and the interplay enables us to obtain effective protection for all of our clients’ IP needs, and to create market barriers that protect products from knock-offs and other more subtle copy attempts.

International trademark experience

Clients across the globe rely on the skill and legal acumen of our trademark attorneys to obtain protection in the United States and to guide them in securing protection around the world. We work closely with our valued extensive international network of trusted contacts to develop and implement an effective global trademark and overall IP protection strategy for our clients.

Customs and anti-counterfeiting

Nixon Vanderhye works with clients to compile extensive information for recordation of trademarks and copyright with the US Customs and Border Protection and customs offices around the world, and works closely with customs agents to prevent the entry and export of counterfeit goods.

Litigation and enforcement

An essential aspect of Nixon Vanderhye’s practice is dedicated to enforcing our clients’ IP rights and protecting those accused of infringement. Our attorneys work closely with clients to explore all the different options when disputes arise, and to advise on the risks, costs and benefits associated with each alternative.

When necessary, Nixon Vanderhye does not hesitate to take appropriate action in federal court, before the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, in a domain name arbitration proceeding before the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers or working with customs agents at both US Customs and Border Protection and foreign customs offices.

Licensing and acquisitions

Monetising intellectual property often turns on the ability to negotiate effective licence agreements. Nixon Vanderhye’s attorneys routinely handle licensing transactions for clients ranging from start-ups and individual inventors to multinational corporations. We combine our understanding of our clients’ strategic business goals with a deep appreciation for the underlying technology and applicable legal principles to assist clients in negotiating and drafting IP agreements that can serve as powerful business tools.

Our considerable experience strategically prosecuting and litigating patents and trademarks, coupled with our knowledge of our clients’ businesses and any underlying technology, enables us to help evaluate IP portfolios from many different perspectives. We also help start-ups and other clients build strategic IP portfolios to survive thorough due diligence by investors or potential acquirers.

Contact details

Nixon & Vanderhye PC
901 North Glebe Road
11th Floor
Arlington VA 22203
United States

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