Electrical & Computer Technology

The world is connected by electrical and computer technology. This technology is an indispensable part of daily life and woven into nearly every industry throughout the economy.

Nixon Vanderhye provides comprehensive counseling and other IP legal services to industry innovators in computer architecture and software, electronics, the internet, telecommunications, and semiconductors. We also regularly work with inventors in new and emerging technology areas including machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain and distributed ledger technology, and computer graphics.

As innovations in this industry often exist at the crossroads of copyright, trade secret, trademark, and patent protection, we counsel to our clients on the different forms of IP protection they can use to secure their innovations. We prepare, prosecute, and obtain patents and trademarks in the U.S. and abroad. We represent clients in IP cases including patent infringement and validity cases in U.S. district courts and at the Patent Trail and Appeal Board (PTAB); and copyright infringement, and trademark infringement and opposition proceedings in U.S. district courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). We also counsel clients on copyright and trade secret concerns for software, provide advice concerning both implemented and to-be implemented technology standards, counsel companies on software patents, and advise clients regarding technology issues particular to the internet and open-source software.


Some of the technology areas in which we have worked extensively include:

  • Computer Systems (Hardware, Software, & Firmware)
    • Computer Architecture
    • Microprocessors
    • Multi-Processor Systems
    • Computer Graphics
    • Data Mining
    • Database Systems
    • Image/Data Processing
    • Video Coding/Decoding
    • Xerographic Reproduction
  • Electronics
  • Artificial Intelligence
    • Automated/Autonomous Vehicles
    • Data Mining
    • Expert Systems
    • Machine Learning
    • Neural Networks
    • Robotics
  • Semiconductors
    • Integrated Circuits
    • Piezoelectric Devices