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Intellectual Property

When you think of intellectual property, you probably usually think about such things as software and novels, brand names such as Subway or Apple, technology that drives your car, and Coca-Cola’s secret recipe.  What you might not realize is that virtually every business, big or small, technology-based or traditional, has one or more of the above types of IP, and should be taking to steps to protect it.

Trade secrets are arguably the most widespread type of IP, and they do not always take such an obvious form as the secret recipe to Coca-Cola.  For example, your customer lists or your business plan might be trade secrets.  But your trade secret rights are only enforceable so long as you take the proper steps to protect them.

Brand names, logos, and even how your store or business looks are protected under trademark and trade dress law. Trademarks can be protected and enforced without registration, but your business’s identity will be much better protected with national registration.  Furthermore, if you have plans to expand outside of the U.S., it is very important that you register your marks overseas where trademark trolling is a lucrative business.

We have clients who are artists, and nothing drives them quite so mad as seeing somebody else selling a copy of or something that looks eerily similar to their work.  Even if something looks similar to something that you have created, there is a possibility that they are violating your copyrights, and we can help.

If you have an invention, our attorneys have the expertise to guide you through the patent process with our associated law firms.  And if you have a technology you want to license, we can help you ensure that your rights are protected and that you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your creativity through robust IP licensing agreements.