A patent creates intellectual property rights that protect individual and corporate technology. From a business perspective, patents are valuable assets, which give you the competitive advantage of excluding others from making, using, or selling your patented invention for 20 years. In other words, a patent will give you a "limited monopoly" to commercialize and maximize the value of your patented inventions.
Our attorneys have extensive experience helping individual inventors as well as companies secure and gain value from their patented inventions. We conduct comprehensive patent searches, prepare and file patent applications, draft and negotiate patent licenses, assignments, non-disclosure agreements and other documents to help you receive maximum economic value from your patented inventions.
Competition is fierce. The marketplace has grown exponentially with the Internet, Facebook®, Twitter® and evolving forms of electronic commerce. Now, more than ever, securing your patent rights - before introducing your inventions in the commercial marketplace - is essential to ensure that you gain maximum value from your inventions. Patent protection also discourages others from trying to use your inventions without your authorization - and provides important legal rights if an "infringer" is caught making, using or selling your patented inventions without your permission.
Navigating the patent process successfully requires strategic and technical know-how. Over 100 years ago, the United States Supreme Court correctly stated that patent applications are "one of the most difficult legal instruments" to write accurately. Let our attorneys help you through the patent process and work to protect the broadest scope of protection available for your present and future inventions.
A trademark creates intellectual property rights that protect a word, phrase, symbol, design, logo, color or iconic combination used to distinguish your products and services from others in the marketplace. Many consumers purchase products and services simply because they identify trademarks - such as Nike®, Coca Cola® , Sony® or Google® and know that such trademarks are associated with high quality products. Thus, the appropriate trademark provides your products and services with a strong advantage over your competitors, and for many individuals and companies, are one of the most valuable assets for generating revenue.
Trademarks are also essential for "branding" your products and services. A brand is a name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that distinguishes your goods or services from others. The legal term for a brand is trademark. A brand may identify one item, a family of items, or all items a company sells. In addition, a brand may be the trade name of your company. During the trademark development process, planning a comprehensive brand strategy is key to launching and building a strong commercial image for your products and services in the marketplace.
In today's competitive environment, there is no room for mistaken strategy. If you are protecting a single trademark, maintaining an existing trademark, or creating an entirely new brand identity, our firm can help you chart the most effective and innovative course. Collectively, our attorneys and advisors have over 25 years of experience successfully navigating the trademark and branding practice area, including trademark registration, brand identity analysis, product or service positioning, and assistance with developing and implementing effective marketing and advertising strategies.
A copyright creates intellectual property rights that protect original works of authorship, such as web sites and content, web designs, motion pictures, computer software, books, pictures, art and music. If you generate these kinds of works, securing federal copyright registration is important to protect your works and discourage others from "knocking off" your valuable intellectual property.
In addition, securing federal copyright registration is a prerequisite for protecting your copyrights in court. In other words, without a valid copyright registration certificate, you cannot file an action in court to stop "infringers" from using your copyrighted works. This is a key reason to make sure that you complete the copyright registration process correctly. If your copyright registration is flawed or otherwise invalid, you may be powerless to stop the unauthorized use of your works.
Our attorneys have over 25 years of comprehensive experience helping clients complete the federal copyright registration process and secure valid copyright registrations. In addition, our attorneys have litigated - and won - copyright infringement cases in federal court. We therefore provide the entire spectrum of services you may need to protect and defend your valuable copyrighted works.
A trade secret is just that - a secret - which gives you or your company an economic advantage over competitors in the marketplace who do not have access to your trade secret. Coca Cola's® recipe for soft drinks is an extremely valuable trade secret that has helped generate an entire industry around a single - secret - soft drink formulation.
If proper procedures are maintained, trade secret protection may last forever. In other words, trade secrets are not subject to a limited period of protection, such as the 20 year "limited monopoly" period that applies to patent protection. Also, patent protection requires complete disclosure of the patented invention in a patent application - but trade secret protection is the exact opposite, and does not involve any disclosure requirements whatsoever. When your intellectual property involves valuable information that your competitors may use to compete against you effectively in the marketplace, you should consider trade secret protection as a possible alternative to patent protection.
Our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients devise the most effective intellectual property strategies for their proprietary technology, goods and services. When making such decisions, there is simply no margin for error. For instance, disclosing trade secret information in a patent application - or incorrectly disclosing such information to employees - could forever destroy your rights to those trade secrets. Let our firm help make sure that you secure maximum intellectual property protection and maximum value for your individual or corporate intellectual property.