About Us

Chiacchio IP, LLC is a results-oriented intellectual property law firm focused solely on helping its clients achieve their intellectual property-related objectives. Chiacchio IP, LLC partners with its clients to help them make informed decisions regarding intellectual property-related matters. Chiacchio IP, LLC understands the high stakes involved in the matters that clients entrust to the Firm; and how the Firm goes about handling such matters reflects this understanding.

Chiacchio IP, LLC believes that expertise in intellectual property teamed with dedication to client service is the recipe for achieving the client’s goals and putting the client at ease that their matter is receiving the highest level of attention and care. Chiacchio IP, LLC appreciates how important it is to engage in active and intent listening to the client; to provide targeted advice designed to address the client’s concerns and further their goals; to be responsive; and to make sure that communication is crystal clear. Chiacchio IP, LLC’s collective decades of experience practicing intellectual property law enable the Firm to provide its clients with excellent service whether the matter involves obtaining intellectual property protection, resolving and litigating disputes related to intellectual property, or anything in between.

Services

The Firm provides all manner of intellectual property-related services. This includes counseling (including preparing formal Opinions of Counsel and less formal counseling), procuring intellectual property protection, preparing, and handling adversarial matters (including enforcement of intellectual property rights and defending against assertion of alleged intellectual property rights; both in the courts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office). The Firm also handles campaigns to monetize clients’ intellectual property. Chiacchio IP, LLC has extensive experience preparing, analyzing, and negotiating licenses of intellectual property rights. The Firm also undertakes due diligence investigations/analyses of intellectual property in connection with potential mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions.

More specifically, within the patent space, the services that Chiacchio IP, LLC provides include, among others, counseling with respect to patentability, freedom to operate, patent validity, patent infringement, and patent enforceability. The Firm provides formal written Opinions of Counsel addressing such issues as well. Chiacchio IP, LLC also undertakes patent landscaping analyses. The Firm also prepares and prosecutes U.S. patent applications. The Firm also handles all aspects of post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (i.e., IPRs, PGRs, and CBMs). Further with regard to litigation, Founder and Owner Theodore J. Chiacchio (“Ted”) has been integrally involved in five trials of complex civil litigations in federal district court amounting to more than two and a half months of total trial time. Mr. Chiacchio has also handled briefing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Seventh Circuit on behalf of his clients. Accordingly, the Firm is well-positioned to handle litigation, whether alone or as an adjunct to other outside counsel and/or in-house counsel.

With regard to trade secret matters, Chiacchio IP, LLC has extensive experience analyzing matters involving trade secret misappropriation and related claims such as claims under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Chiacchio IP, LLC regularly prepares cease-and-desist letters, conducts pre-suit investigations and analyses, and handles litigation involving trade secret misappropriation, CFAA, and other related claims. Where a matter involves state law claims, if necessary, Chiacchio IP, LLC will involve an attorney with particular expertise in the specific state law issues implicated by a case. (Ted is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey, before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and in numerous federal courts throughout the U.S.).

With regard to copyright matters, Chiacchio IP’s extensive experience has included serving as lead trial counsel for a major U.S. copyright litigation (which case remains on-going currently). Chiacchio IP, LLC also procures U.S. copyright registrations for clients. The Firm also counsels clients regarding authorship, copyright ownership, conduct that may or may not give rise to an implied non-exclusive license of copyright, and other related matters.

With regard to trademark matters, the Firm has substantial experience handling Opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Chiacchio IP, LLC has also prepared and prosecuted many U.S. trademark applications for clients of the Firm. Chiacchio IP, LLC also counsels clients regarding the full range of trademark, trade dress, and other related matters. For example, Chiacchio IP, LLC counsels clients regarding the strength or weakness of a mark, priority of use, likelihood of confusion between two marks, dilution of a famous mark, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, and other related matters.

Technical Expertise / Experience

The Firm handles matters relating to a wide range of technologies, including the Life Sciences, mechanical, and computer software, among others. The Firm’s technical expertise is particularly deep in the Life Sciences (medical, pharmaceutical, chemistry, biology, biochemistry). Ted earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Bucknell University and supplemented this curriculum with courses in Organic Chemistry and Physics. Ted has more than 15 years of experience in law practice where some or all of the matters he was handling concerned the Life Sciences. Ted has spent years representing some of world’s most successful companies, including, for example, GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever, and Mylan Pharmaceuticals.

Cost-Effectiveness

With its modest overhead expenses, Chiacchio IP, LLC is in a position to provide cost-effectiveness that large law firms and consulting firms simply cannot (or will not) provide. Critically, however, the quality of service is on-par with (or, in most cases, superior to) that which you will get with any firm. Ted began his career by gaining years of comprehensive training and experience with two top international law firms – Kenyon & Kenyon and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (in the Manhattan office of each firm). Ted, more recently, practiced for just short of a decade with an intellectual property boutique law firm located in Chicago that is consistently ranked by multiple publications as a Tier 1 (nationally) intellectual property law firm (a classification that includes less than 10 firms). The foregoing experience, together with Chiacchio IP’s lack of substantial overhead expenses, is what enables the Firm to offer the most competent of legal counsel for a reasonable price.

Chiacchio IP, LLC offers customized billing options for all of its clients. While a number of the Firm’s clients choose a traditional hourly-based billing model, many others, for litigation, prefer flat monthly billing, often times paired with a contingency fee. For counseling and other transactional matters, Chiacchio IP, LLC provides project-based, flat fee billing options as well. In limited instances, Chiacchio IP, LLC will consider a cap on fees for a particular matter; however, given that there is often uncertainty as to how the matter may unfold, a fee cap typically is not the best billing model. The Firm believes that it is critical that the client’s and the Firm’s incentives remain fully aligned through the duration of a matter.

Client Reviews
★★★★★
When I first started looking for a lawyer in the US, I had no idea what to expect. I represent an international online retailer from China and we were unfamiliar with the US legal system. An urgent legal message from the plaintiff regarding a trademark infringement case started my search for an experienced trademark lawyer. After calling and speaking to a wide variety of costly lawyers and law firms, I realized that Ted was one of the few personable, professional, and intelligent options that I came across during my search. Not only did he show me that he valued my time, but also my opinion and decisions regarding the case. If you are currently looking for an experienced trademark lawyer for your case, I strongly recommend you give Ted or his office a call and see what they can do for you. 老单
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Ted took care of protecting a slogan and t-shirt idea in an extremely quick and efficient manner. He was very responsive, and I felt like I was very taken care of. Aaron Gang, Owner of Aaron Gang Photography
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I am a financial executive who has worked in the life sciences industry (pharma/biotech/med device) for over 15 years now. I have known Ted for over 20 years, during the course of which he has provided to me patent and other intellectual property-related advice. Ted has an extraordinary depth of patent law knowledge gained from many years of practicing at top tier corporate law firms. I find him to be incredibly thorough, thoughtful, practical and responsive and look forward to continuing to benefit from his capabilities and guidance in the future. Scott Kain