Protecting flight pioneers in an evolving industry
The face of flight is changing, and innovation is the force driving that change. As companies work to develop more efficient passenger aircraft, and provide alternatives to conventional spaceflight via the private sector, the need to protect these innovations has never been greater. Aviation and space technologies have become irreplaceable elements of everyday life, and a wave of extraordinary developments are expected in the near-future.

While Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have been in use for decades by government agencies, recent advances have made sophisticated Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), commonly known as drones, highly desirable tools in a variety of industries and popular recreational devices for enthusiasts. Whether referred to as Unmanned Aviation Systems or Unmanned Aerospace Systems, UAS products are benefitting from myriad innovations in software, materials, and engineering.

Finnegan is here to protect this innovation. Whether obtaining patents and trademarks for new technologies, licensing within the industry, asserting IP rights to protect innovators from infringers, or defending against infringement suits, our attorneys provide a comprehensive approach to developing sophisticated and individually tailored IP strategies for our aviation and aerospace clients. We recognize that our clients’ IP needs go beyond a single matter. We have a long and successful history of representing aerospace companies in all aspects of IP, including strategically building and managing patent portfolios, conducting due diligence, and counseling on IP management and monetization strategies. Our first-hand experience includes propulsion systems, airfoils and surfaces, avionics, maintenance technologies, tracking and communication systems, and flight-planning systems and software. And our background is not limited to a single family of aircraft: we have worked with clients to provide IP strategies in the aircraft, airship, rotorcraft, UAV, and spacecraft contexts.

Extensive legal and technological expertise is the foundation for success
Any attorney can simply know the law, but strong IP representation requires attorneys who are intimately familiar with, and genuinely interested in the technology. At Finnegan, we pride ourselves in having more than a dozen attorneys with degrees in aerospace engineering and years of experience in the industry, having worked for NASA, various branches of the military, and a number of leading aviation-related private companies. Our deep bench includes professionals with advanced degrees—including more than 75 Ph.D.s—in related disciplines such as:

  • Aero/Astronautical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Information Science and Systems
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physics
A diverse client base
Finnegan has represented leaders in the aviation and aerospace industry, including:

  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Boeing
  • LTA Corporation
  • Lockheed-Martin
  • Rockwell Collins
  • SRA International
  • Toyota Aviation
  • United Technologies Corporation