RALEIGH, N.C.–Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel), the largest independent patent law firm in the Carolinas, recently celebrated 15 years of excellence in intellectual property protection with a reception for clients, peers, and staff outside its office on Parklake Avenue in Raleigh. The celebration marked continuing growth in terms of clients, practicing attorneys, industry leadership and third-party accolades attesting to the firm’s success in filing, defending, and enforcing intellectual property, with a strong focus on patents. “We continue to invest in dedicated patent lawyers with technical degrees who are eager to produce and enforce top-quality patents,” Jim Cannon, managing partner and member of Myers Bigel’s mechanical group, said.
Since its founding 15 years ago, Myers Bigel has grown from 17 attorneys to 33, from a staff of 16 to 42, and now occupies a 21,260 square-foot office.
Cannon, who recently presented “Patents 101″ to the Raleigh Wake Paralegal Association, is one of many attorneys at the firm sharing their expertise at industry events in Research Triangle Park and beyond on scientific as well as legal topics. Rick Matthews, an attorney in Myers Bigel’s litigation group, spoke recently on “Current Ethical Issues in IP Law” at the Fall 2012 Meeting of the Carolina Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law Association.
Cannon, Matthews, and their peers at Myers Bigel serve in leadership roles within respected organizations such as the American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Association of University Technology Managers, Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association, Carolina Patent Trademark & Copyright Law Association, and North Carolina Bar Association.
Multiple members of the firm’s talented legal team have been continually named to elite lawyer lists published over the years by trusted third-party media outlets such as Super Lawyers Magazine and Business North Carolina.
“We’re a different kind of patent law firm in that every attorney at Myers Bigel is a substantive working patent lawyer, something unheard of at traditional leveraged law firms,” said Mitch Bigel, himself a working patent lawyer and member of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame.
As Bigel explained, his firm is organized as an inverted pyramid without dedicated ‘rain makers’ passing off new work to inexperienced attorneys. “The same experienced, dedicated attorney who begins working with a client continues to apply that experience to the nuts and bolts of the patent development, filing and approval process,” he said.
Myers Bigel filed over 1,500 new U.S. patent applications in 2011, in addition to more than 400 patent applications in foreign countries and over 190 Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications. The firm’s efforts were recognized by IAM/Ocean Tomo, which ranked Myers Bigel in the top two in the country for quality in the consumer electronics discretionary category, and by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services which ranked the firm number 35 in the list of Top 50 firms.
Taking a high quality, low fees approach to doing business over the past 15 years, Myers Bigel has chosen to invest in corporate infrastructure in Raleigh rather than opening offices in larger U.S. cities. The attractive quality of life and low cost of living in the greater Research Triangle region has allowed the firm to attract and keep some of the best legal talent in the country, including a number of former in-house counsel, all while keeping overhead costs much lower than firms located in expensive major metropolitan areas. As a result, Myers Bigel clients have access to experienced lawyers producing and enforcing top-quality patents, with billing rates dramatically lower than big city competitors and well below the national average.
“We have a number of seasoned attorneys having over 20 years of quality experience who are billing at rates far below those of their professional peers at big city firms, while producing quality patent law work that stacks up against any law firm or attorney in the country,” Bigel said.
Myers Bigel provides expertise in all intellectual property areas, including trademark and copyrights, as well as patents. Operating out of the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, Myers Bigel represents corporate and university clients located in the Carolinas, throughout the Southeast, across the United States, and in Europe and Asia.
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About Myers Bigel
Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel) is an intellectual property law firm combining patent law expertise with a stable continuity of counsel to produce quality patents that stand up to scrutiny. We are the largest independent patent law firm in the Carolinas, continually ranked among the top national firms by well-respected legal media and industry organizations. Our knowledgeable, vibrant team of attorneys with degreed technical experience successfully acquires, protects, enforces and defends patent assets and intellectual property in a variety of fields including biotechnology, chemistry, electronics and computing, mechanical and trademark practice, as well as in litigation. Headquartered in Raleigh in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, with clients spanning the globe, we remain active in symposia, seminars, and continuing education efforts to further best practices in intellectual property protection and enforcement. For more information on our high quality work visit www.myersbigel.com.