Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham has deep experience in protecting inventions rooted in complex applied software of many kinds, including artificial intelligence and machine learning; networking, including routing protocols, switching schemes, and other internetworking mechanisms; semiconductor architecture; consumer electronics; cryptography and security techniques; applied SaaS systems of many types; payment systems; and other internet and web technologies. We also protect medical devices, toys, footwear, robotic actuators, and other mechanical products. We have extensive experience in negotiating with patent examiners in the United States and overseas to obtain the grant of claims in difficult cases. We have handled numerous contentious cases before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (TTAB) of the USPTO.

We have deep understanding of the disclosure, eligibility, and novelty standards of the European Patent Office and patent offices of Australia, Canada, Brazil, Japan, China, and many others. We maintain a global network of hand-picked patent attorneys and agents to file, negotiate, and manage cases worldwide. We use complex, capable database and docket management systems with custom reporting on demand, anytime. No portfolio is too large or too small.

We manage international trademark portfolios containing hundreds of marks and have supervised oppositions around the world. We obtain copyright registrations for software, artistic works, and entertainment properties. We are skilled at advising on open source software issues and have lawyers with decades of experience in licensing and negotiating transactions. We know European and domestic privacy law and closely monitor developments in GDPR, CCPA, and other privacy schemes.

Patent Preparation & Prosecution

Crafting a quality, comprehensive, valuable, and enforceable patent requires an appreciation for the power of language as well as skill in balancing clarity and precision with breadth and wide scope. These qualities can only come from decades of expe… Read More


Virtually all of Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham’s patent attorneys have education or experience in software development, software engineering, systems engineering, or testing. Selected fields of experience include complex medical systems, voice… Read More


Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham’s services with regard to patents for electronics include identifying inventions, developing disclosures, conducting disclosure meetings at any level of formality, studying disclosure materials at any level of for… Read More


Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham has experience in a variety of mechanical technologies including medical devices, surgical tools, consumer products, footwear, food and beverage equipment, and robotic actuators. Our services with regard to mechanical p… Read More

Semiconductor Devices

Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham has filed and negotiated numerous patents for gate-level chip architectures, SoC architectures, fabrication techniques, fab robots, deposition methods, and allied technologies for the Valley’s leading fabbed and fable… Read More

Physics & Geotechnology

Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham’s services with regard to physics and geotechnology patents include identifying inventions, developing disclosures, conducting disclosure meetings at any level of formality, studying disclosure materials at any le… Read More

Trademark Registration

Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham has decades of experience in clearing, negotiating registration, and resolving conflicts or contentious matters on a worldwide basis for trademarks, certification marks, collective marks, and domain names. Our services… Read More

Copyright Registration

Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham’s copyright registration services include classifying works of authorship for protection, especially in complex fields such as software and websites with overlapping works; preparing and filing registration applic… Read More

Privacy Law

GDPR, CCPA and more—Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham knows both the alphabet and the vocabulary. Our privacy law services include drafting privacy policies for organizations of any size; counseling on how personal identifying information is used and… Read More

Transaction Law

Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham attorneys have extensive in-house experience drafting and negotiating technology transfers, sales agreements, OEM, VAR, and other indirect sales channel arrangements, as well as joint venture and cooperative technology… Read More

Patent Risk Analysis

Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham can advise and assist with responses to patent assertions of all types, including study of patent prosecution history files, assessment of infringement risk, patent value assessment including vulnerability to validity o… Read More

Open Source Issues

Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham is skilled at evaluating open source license terms, limitations, and requirements. We have extensive experience in advising on use and implementation of GNU General Public Licenses and all other major open-source licens… Read More

Invention Programs

Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham has wide experience in establishing and operating corporate patent filing programs, including defining incentives or inventor remuneration programs, setting up and running invention or disclosure review groups, and addr… Read More