Bookstein IP Law is a law firm specializing exclusively in intellectual property matters with a primary emphasis on patent and trademark law.

Located along route 128 (“America’s Technology Highway”) in suburban Boston, the firm is committed to providing blue-chip representation and guidance in patent and trademark matters within an affordable fee structure. The firm seeks to provide senior partner experience and judgment at associate or junior attorney rates. This is achieved by maintaining a low overhead, without frills or other luxuries not necessary for providing the highest level of legal service. Each client, whether large or small, can expect to receive the same high degree of attention and care to its matters.

Arthur Z. Bookstein, the firm’s principal, is a registered patent attorney with over forty years of varied experience in intellectual property law. He has, for many years, held the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating, “Preeminent AV,” and was designated as a “Super Lawyer” each year for 2004-2006. He has prepared and prosecuted numerous patents for clients in diverse industries and has created patent portfolios of proven value for enterprises from startups to Fortune 500 multinational companies. He has authored approximately one thousand formal opinions during his career relating to IP issues such as patentability, infringement, infringement avoidance, freedom-to-operate and patent validity, many of which involved complex, high-stakes issues. He has successfully litigated, licensed, and counseled on patent and trademark matters. The firm leverages that experience to provide true value to its clients.

The practice is focused, although not exclusively, on

  • Preparation and prosecution of domestic and international patent applications
  • Strategic patent portfolio development
  • Analysis and counseling regarding patent and trademark issues and providing opinions and guidance regarding
    • Freedom-to-operate
    • Infringement
    • Infringement avoidance
    • Patent validity
    • Patentability

Representation at the U. S. Patent & Trademark Office in contested matters including post-issuance proceedings and ex Parte appeals

  • Transactional matters including licensing, joint development agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and tech transfer agreements, among others.
  • Due diligence analysis and guidance in connection with mergers and acquisitions
  • Protection of Trade Secrets
  • Trademark selection and registration

The Bookstein IP Law Philosophy

Understand the client’s business objectives and how the IP under consideration fits those objectives.

The value of a patent or trademark lies in the owner’s right to sue to exclude a competitor from infringing the patent or trademark. It is essential to understand the client’s business and to make sure the client understands the role that the intellectual property is expected to play in the business. While that would seem to be self-evident, too often it is not. Perhaps the simplest example is where an invention has been made and a patent application is to be prepared. By better understanding the business context for the invention and its competitive environment, the lawyer will be better able to tailor the patent application to fit the business strategy by focusing those features that are truly important to that strategy.

Be completely honest in providing opinions and guidance.

A lawyer asked to provide an opinion on a matter usually, if he knows and understands his client’s business, will also know what the client hopes the opinion will be. This is particularly so in the context of IP opinions relating to infringement or validity and where it is possible that the opinion may be used at some later time to prove or disprove an issue relating to the client’s intent. To provide an opinion merely to satisfy a client’s wishes, that is anything less than the complete and honest opinion of the lawyer is to do a disservice to the client and to the lawyer himself. Anything less reflects on the integrity of the lawyer. Bookstein IP Law strives to maintain the highest level of integrity even if that means providing an opinion that may be adverse to the client’s interest.