Intellectual Property

We help publicly traded companies and local entrepreneurs identify and protect their intellectual property.  We offer practical counseling on complex matters to empower our clients to make informed business decisions.  Our intellectual property attorneys have unique skills and knowledge that combine the importance of intellectual property protection with the practicality of business law.

Trademarks – Prosecution and Strategy

  • We counsel clients to identify trademark rights related to words, designs, logos, slogans or trade dress used to distinguish products and services.  We also assist with considerations related to corporate identities including trade names.
     
  • We coordinate clearance searches related to the registration, use and enforcement of proposed and adopted marks.  We offer a range of search strategies to identify any potential obstacles to adoption or registration and to minimize litigation risk.
     
  • Our attorneys prepare, file and prosecute trademark applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office (USPTO) and at the state level.
     
  • We offer cost-effective portfolio management and maintenance services for applications and registrations in multiple jurisdictions.
     
  • We coordinate with a trusted network of professionals for filings and protection in foreign jurisdictions.
     
  • We strategize with our clients to protect and enforce trademarks across the Internet, including domain name registrations and in connection with search engines and the evolving forms of social media.
     
  • We provide guidance on trademark usage and attribution.

Intellectual Property Transactions and Counseling

  • Our experience includes due diligence, transfers of ownership, and documenting security interests related to intellectual property to facilitate mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions.
     
  • We have extensive experience preparing confidentiality agreements to protect intellectual property, proprietary information and trade secrets in connection with investments, consulting arrangements, exploring sales or acquisitions and other strategic relationships.
     
  • We assist our clients with negotiating and documenting the full range of trademark, copyright, software technology, and content licensing and development transactions.
     
  • We have worked on co-existence and consent agreements which can be critical to avoiding or resolving disputes.
     
  • We counsel clients regarding the creation, use, ownership, licensing and registration (with the U.S. Copyright Office) of works of authorship.
     
  • Our experience includes the preparation of assignments, work-for-hire agreements and similar contracts that are critical to clearly designating ownership interests in intellectual property.

Litigation and Enforcement

  • We routinely assist clients with cease and desist letters, negotiations, dispute resolution and litigation.
     
  • We are also familiar with the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS).
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