Intellectual Property protection is an integral and necessary part of all businesses. IP is a valuable asset, and it gives companies and individuals the tools to build their brands and protect them from infringement and misappropriation.
It is no longer sufficient merely to register a trademark or two for your company’s logo, or believe that only artists and film production companies need to worry about copyright law. In the 21st Century, knowledge of all aspects of IP law is essential for all businesses and individuals. Because the Internet connects users to each other instantly and internationally, the laws related to trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets and domain names are complex and important to you and your business.
Trademarks & Branding
Advising clients as to the strength and distinctiveness of proposed trademarks, trademark registrations, brand development, trademark enforcement or defense of your alleged use of a third party’s trademark, and responding to U.S. Patent & Trademark Office correspondence and office actions.
Please visit our Trademarks & Branding page for complete information about the firm’s trademark practice.
We prepare and file copyright registrations, advise clients on whether all or a portion of a work may be copyrightable or fair use. We draft independent contractor (work made for hire) agreements, handle and ownership and title issues, and enforce copyright violations when necessary.
IP in Corporate Transactions.
Buying and selling a business often involves intellectual property issues. We draft and evaluate contracts and licenses with IP considerations, asset purchase/sale agreements containing IP assets, licenses, assignments, and trademark quality control.
We advise clients how to create, protect and enforce trade secrets, and enforce their rights in court when necessary.
We draft Terms of Service and Privacy Policies, and counsel clients on how to display and protect online content from third party infringers. We assist in obtaining and protecting domain names, and handle allegations of counterfeiting, cybersquatting and other Internet violations.
Patents & Innovations.
While the firm does not practice patent law, the firm’s practice includes advising clients in connection with branding their inventions and innovations. When necessary, the firm refers patent matters to outside counsel who specialize in patent law.