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Our founder, Robert W. Fulwider, is considered one of the deans of the patent practice in Los Angeles. One of only a handful of intellectual property practitioners in the United States in the 1930's, he was a visionary and pioneer of the field. Patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and other forms of intellectual property are often the foundation of a company's success. Knowing the increasing importance of intellectual property rights to business and the nation, Bob Fulwider founded our firm in 1938 based on three basic principles:

◊ A commitment to excellence
◊ Extreme care and concern for all clients, both large and small
◊ Creativity and competency in the practice of law

Following the legacy of Bob Fulwider, the firm he founded continues to be driven by the principles of commitment, concern, creativity, and competency. We forge close relationships with our clients by developing a knowledgeable understanding of their industry, being responsive to their needs, and providing timely intellectual property solutions. As specialists in intellectual property law, we work with both experience and enthusiasm in all areas of intellectual property including:

  • Patent Law: Preparing and prosecuting patents for inventions
  • Trademark Law: Name registration and protection
  • Copyright Law: Protection of writings and ornamental features
  • Licensing: License negotiations and royalties
  • Trade Secrets Law: Formula and process protection agreements
  • Litigation: Effective defense of intellectual property

Fulwider Patton LLP is the oldest IP boutique law firm in Los Angeles. All of our attorneys are focused on intellectual property law. We provide legal advice to clients of all sizes on a range of intellectual property issues, including patent procurement, trademark prosecution, copyright registration, trade secret protection, cease-and-desist letters, infringement and validity opinions, litigation, licensing, and IP acquisitions. Patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, domain names, and other intellectual property often are crucial for a company's success.

The combination of a strong work ethic, experience, and expertise deep in years and the valued tradition of always putting the client first began with the firm’s founding, and continues today with partners who are well-respected in the legal community. In addition to their legal credentials, the patent attorneys at Fulwider Patton LLP have backgrounds in engineering and science such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, biology, and physics.

Fulwider Patton LLP represents clients throughout the United States, Europe and the Pacific Rim from our offices in Los Angeles and California. To obtain the widest possible protection of your rights, we work with a global network of intellectual property resources.