Intellectual Property Law

For many businesses, their brand name, their logo, and their content are the most valuable things they own. They each identify the business and tell the world what you do and why. Protecting them by registering trademarks, copyrights, and trade dress can be a difference maker in protecting those assets. You have stronger legal rights against knockoffs and copycats than you would if you do not register, and registering helps a lot with getting those knockoffs and copycats taken down from social media platforms and web domains.  

At the same time, mistakes in this area can be business killers. Stepping on someone else's IP can lead to cease and desist letters, and infringement and unfair competition claims and these can be costly in the courts and for your business if you have to rebrand or pay damages. Just as it’s important to structure your business the right way at the start, it’s also important to make sure you aren’t walking into trouble down the road after you’ve invested time and money in building the brand equity that comes with your name, logo, and content.

In case you aren’t sure what trademarks, copyrights, and trade dress cover, here is a general guide: 

 

You will first need to consult a lawyer to assess your own potential IP.

Trademarks protect a brand name, logo or slogan. 

Copyrights protect tangible creative works like books, photos, and music.

 

Trade dress protects distinctive characteristics of your products or services.  

 

We can help you be proactive by analyzing and filing potential trademarks, copyrights, and trade dress upfront, evaluating the risks you face and the benefits you would obtain in choosing a particular name or logo or the overall look and feel of how you present your products or services to the public. We can also help you in asserting those rights against infringers, and in responding to claims for infringement brought against you. 

Our capabilities include: 

  • Trademark Searches, U.S and Worldwide   

  • Trademark U.S. Application Filing and Prosecution  

  • Trademark Opposition, Cancellation, and Response to Office Actions 

  • Trademark Maintenance, License, Assignment, and Negotiation   

We do not handle patents, and refer people to trusted partners for that kind of IP work.