Our experienced team is available to our clients to explain intellectual property procedures and regulations and guide clients through the process. We provide our clients with solutions to meet that protect their assets, keeping in mind their needs, goals and budget.
We assist our clients with acquiring patents, trademarks and copyrights around the world. We help businesses and inventors protect proprietary trade secrets and craft a customized protection strategy. We help our clients expand their market outside the U.S. or into the U.S. from abroad. We provide our clients clearance searches, international property protection strategies and even “design around” strategies to avoid potential infringement litigation. We help our clients determine if a competitor is infringing on their intellectual property rights. We help our clients understand what potential intellectual property assets they may have and assist in identifying any patentable technology and what trade name assets can be protected. We offer guidance to develop and train R&D personnel on proper confidential record keeping, invention documentation, patent searching and identifying potential technology that might be protected. We develop a program and host seminars for key team members.
For clients with a patent or trademark in the US wanting to expand protection globally, we assist in foreign filing. For clients with a PCT or Madrid Protocol application that want to enter the national stage in the U.S., we help them enter the U.S. market. For clients with a product and who are looking for assistance with manufacturing agreements, sales agent agreements and distribution agreements, we draft, review or negotiate contracts to provide the best advantages and advise of potential warning signs of trouble.
Intellectual Property Law Services:
If you have an invention idea and want to understand whether the idea has already been conceived or is potentially patentable, we can run an in-depth federal or global patent search and prepare a concise opinion based on our results that will help you decide if seeking patent protection is worth the investment. We can identify weaknesses and suggest ways you might strengthen your patent position before you invest in patent protection.
If you need to determine the market for a new product, we can provide competitive intelligence searches to determine key players in your industry and the state of the art of your technology. If you need to determine if your product or process might infringe other patents, we can undertake a patent study and give you an opinion on whether you are free to use the invention without risk of infringement. We can also assist in design-around strategies to avoid infringement and determine when competitors are infringing your patents.
US PATENT APPLICATIONS (PROVISION/UTILITY/DESIGN)
What is the difference between a Provisional, Utility and PCT patent? How do you know which is the right choice for you? Our patent team has years of experience guiding our clients through the process of making the best decisions to fit their financial and business needs. The federal patent laws require strict adherence to structure, language and formatting, and the procedural rules can be difficult to navigate. Our skilled staff can prepare applications that best argue the novelty of your invention, increasing the chance for being awarded a patent.
PCT & FOREIGN APPLICATIONS
If you wish to seek patent protection in foreign countries, we can help you evaluate which markets are beneficial to pursue foreign protection. We connect you with foreign attorneys and obtain necessary translations. We work with the foreign attorney to make any necessary changes to comply with local law.
Once your application has been filed, the patent prosecution process begins. This process can be long and difficult to understand. We guide you throughout the entire prosecution process, so you always know the status of your application and what to expect next. We help you respond to actions by the patent office, explaining available options and helping you understand the associated costs, risks and benefits of each approach.
Most patent applications require formal patent drawings. We help inventors to demonstrate their invention and enable it with professional patent illustrations that comply with the technical requirements of the various patent offices. We also supply you a PDF version so you can use the drawings for other purposes without the need of expensive CAD software.
TRADEMARK CLEARANCE SEARCH
Have you come up with a great idea for a name of a business, a logo or a clever slogan that you would like to use in commerce? Have you got a unique product design or packaging (trade dress)? Before investing, it may be a good idea to check for availability of the mark and the ability to freely use the packaging design. We can perform state, federal and global searches depending on your needs. Our interpretation of the results will give you a better indication of the potential for registration. Searches also provide a good defense as an act of due diligence against any willful infringement claims you may face.
US/FOREIGN/MADRID TRADEMARK APPLICATIONS
Trademark applications have very specific requirements, and trademark law can be difficult to navigate because it has its own lexicon. Choosing the right filing status and deciding which type of application will best meet your needs and what supporting documents to file can be overwhelming if you do not know the implications each disclosure may have later in the prosecution or enforcement process. Our team is quite adept at preparing applications according to USPTO, foreign and Madrid Protocol specifications. Given our experience, we can guide you through the entire prosecution of the mark, explaining each step along the way, and advising which course will best obtain the results you desire.
If you have a work of authorship that needs copyright protection, we can assist. Our knowledge of copyright law helps you make an informed decision. We guide you through the copyright process and can even connect you to some reputable local self-publishing companies to help you edit, publish and market your work.
A trade secret is a secret that cannot be discovered without improper means which has economic value by virtue of its secrecy. This may be a secret manufacturing process, product formula or even a recipe. A trade secret requires secrecy. You may be surprised to learn that reverse-engineering is legal.
Our firm can review your company's policies and practices with respect to protecting proprietary information. An intellectual property audit often reveals how company practices can be improved to maximize protection of intellectual property. We have experience in writing employment contracts for management, consultants, R & D personnel and other key employees. These protect your proprietary information from being used by others and transfers ownership over patents, trademarks and copright to the company. Key components may include confidentiality provisions, assignment of invention provisions, work for hire provisions, and non-competition provisions. Failure to have written agreements risks loss of competitive advantage in the marketplace.
How do you know if your intellectual property rights are being infringed upon? Perhaps you discover an employee has intentionally given out your business’s proprietary information, or you find another website that has copied your trademarked catch phrase or copyrighted content. Or maybe you find yourself on the other side, having received a cease and desist letter. With our broad knowledge of the many facets of intellectual property law, our competent team can assess the merits of your legal position and enforce or defend your rights.