Intellectual Property & Materials

Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights & Trade Secrets [MCE]

Unmatched technical support for intellectual property disputes

Exponent provides rigorous technical support for high-stakes decisions on intellectual property claims related to materials.

How does Exponent's multidisciplinary approach help you make better decisions related to intellectual property claims?

Exponent's multidisciplinary teams are internationally recognized in their fields and have significant experience in various aspects of intellectual property, including infringement, validity, claim interpretation, prior art, trade dress, trade secrets, due diligence, and valuation. When it comes to issues pertaining to materials and intellectual property, we are skilled at deconstructing complex technical information and scenarios, and helping you understand the facts and move forward with the right decision.

Patent Infringement & Validity

For issues pertaining to patent infringement or validity, Exponent's multidisciplinary teams offer rigorous testing and simulations to provide evidence-based, quantitative insights. We have deep expertise assisting clients with technical arguments to support claim construction, prior art, novelty, or enablement. Our scientists and engineers are frequently called upon to investigate technical issues related to all stages of all types of intellectual property disputes, including initial filings, Markman hearings, district court motions, jury and bench trials, the America Invents Act (AIA), inter partes reviews, exclusion orders, and preliminary injunctions.

Trademarks, Copyrights & Trade Dress

Exponent offers a broad range of consultation on design patents and issues involving trademarks, copyrights, and trade dress. As part of infringement analysis, our technical staff helps to identify functional aspects of designs and trade dress.

Trade Secrets

We have numerous engineers and scientists with advanced knowledge and experience in evaluating industrial trade secret disputes. Our testing and analysis, including computer code deconstruction, has resulted in key insights into whether a particular process gives the practitioner an advantage or whether a process is easily ascertainable without access to confidential information.

Valuation of Intellectual Capital

Exponent scientists often provide consultation on how to fully understand the value of intellectual property. We perform technical due diligence for investors or their representatives (e.g., venture capitalists or investment bankers) as they seek to determine the value of a target firm's intellectual property, such as a portfolio of patents. This type of advice has proven critical during license negotiations and corporate mergers and acquisitions.


Our global and comprehensive expertise across industries gives us a deep understanding of current challenges, best industry practices, and the implications of emerging technologies.