Services


Providing legal counsel for matters associated with the following areas of intellectual property law:

    • Patent law

    • Trademark law

    • Copyright law

    • Trade Secret law 

 







                                                                       









PATENTS

A patent is a right granted by a governmentabody to exclusively make, use, and sell an invention for a specified period of time in exchange for a public disclosure of the invention.  A patent allows the inventor or assignee to exclude others from making, using, offering to sell, selling, or importing an invention throughout the country from which the patent was issued.  Patents are available from a multitude of governments around the world.  There are three types of patents issued by the United States Patent Trademark Office: utility patents, design patents, and plant patents.

Utility Patents
A utility patent protects the function of an invention. Utility patents are granted for any new, useful and non-obvious process, machine, manufactured article, composition of matter, or any new and useful improvements to any of these types of inventions. A utility patent lasts for 20 years from the date of filing.

Design Patents
A design patent protects the overall appearance of an invention and is granted for any new, original and ornamental design for an article of manufacture. The design patent lasts for 14 years from the date of issuance.

Plant Patents
A plant patent protects the invention of a distinct and new variety of plant, other than a tuber propagated plant or a plant found in an uncultivated state.  A plant patent lasts for 20 years from the date of filing the application and protects the inventor's right to exclude others from asexually reproducing, selling, or using the plant.

Patent services provided:

·        Developing patent portfolio strategies

·        Preparing, filing, and prosecuting patent applications,

·        Conducting patent searches,

·        Conducting freedom to operate analysis,

·        Drafting and recording patent assignments and other patent-related 
         documentation,

·        Interviewing patent examiners,

·        Filing and prosecuting patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (“PCT”)
         seeking U.S. and foreign patent protection,

·        Managing domestic and foreign patent portfolios.

 

TRADEMARKS

A trademark is for any word, phrase, logo, or design that identifies the source of particular goods or services. All trademarks and service marks identify and distinguish one company’s goods or services from other.  Selecting a registrable mark prior to introducing a new product or service can save significant time and money during the trademark registration process.

Trademark Services Provided:

·        Developing trademark portfolio strategies,

·        Preparing, filing, and prosecuting trademark applications,

·        Conducting and evaluating trademark searches,

·        Drafting and recording trademark licenses, assignments, and other documentation,

·        Filing and prosecuting trademark applications under the Madrid Protocol seeking foreign
         trademark protection,

·        Managing domestic and foreign trademark portfolios,

·  Enforcing and defending trademark rights including opposition and cancellation proceedings  with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

 

COPYRIGHTS

Copyright law protects original works of authorship by making illegal the unauthorized copying of such a work. Copyright law is most commonly used to protect literary or artistic expression, particularly, books, movies, photographs, computer programs, and musical scores.  Copyright owners have exclusive rights such as the right to use and copy the created work, prepare derivative works, distribute copies, and display the work.

Federal registration of a literary or artistic expression is recommended because it increases the copyright holders ability to prevent an infringer from copying the work.

Copyright services provided:

·        Preparing U.S. Copyright registration,

·        Assigning copyrights,

·        Determining ownership rights.

 

TRADE SECRETS
We advise clients concerning trade secret protection, including reasonable precautions necessary to maintain secrecy of information.

 
Resources

United States Patent and Trademark Office

World Intellectual Property Organization

European Patent Office

Japan Patent Office

United States Copyright Office