Our clients receive the benefit of our experience in formulating a strategy to protect their businesses through several branches of intellectual property law, including patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret law. In addition, we have experience with advising re: corporate structure and insurance for protecting IP assets; as well as a network of other services ancillary to legal services, such as start-up funding and other non-legal frequently needed by startup organization services. We conduct IP due diligence, formulate IP portfolio strategies and compose Opinion work, which includes infringement/non-infringement opinion letters, as well as validity and invalidity opinion letters.
- IP Portfolio Strategy
- IP Due Diligence
- Opinion Work
As part of our patent due diligence or IP strategy audit, we can conduct pre-filing investigations for patent applications. Once any due diligence has been completed, our firm can prepare and file patent applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. We can also have patent applications prepared and filed internationally through the PCT. Our firm prosecutes domestic patent applications through issuance of the patent and can prepare appeals, if necessary. Additionally, we can prepare patent licensing agreements and handle patent litigation for our clients, if necessary.
- Patent Applications for innovations, including cutting edge technology, as well as software patents, business methods, and inventions on ornamental designs
- Patent Infringements
- Technology Audit, Research, and Due Diligence
- Patent Licensing
Trademark & Branding
As part of our trademark due diligence or IP strategy audit, we can conduct pre-filing investigations for applications to register trademarks. Our firm prepares and files “In Use” and “Intent-to-Use” applications to register trademarks domestically with the USPTO, and internationally under the Madrid Protocol. We may represent clients in trademark oppositions and prosecute the applications until the registration of the trademark. Our firm also pursues trademark protection by preparing cease-and-desist letters to infringers and if necessary, can litigate trademark matters.
- Brand name and/or logo registration
- Trade dress registration
- Section 8, Section 9, Section 15
- Cease-and-desist letters
- Trademark Infringement and Litigation
Our firm offers preparation and filing of copyright registrations. We also prepare copyright licensing agreements. To protect our clients’ copyrights, our firm can prepare DMCA take-down notices against online infringers, and counsel as to other issues, such as fair use.
- Copyright registrations for music, literature, art
- DMCA Take-Down Notices
- Fair Use and Parodies
Through the preparation of confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, we protect our clients’ business and industrial know-how, as well as their trade secrets, from trade secret theft. Trade secret law typically protects formulas, practices, processes, designs, instruments, commercial methods or compilations of information that has been kept secret, is not generally known by others, and is commercially valuable. Protection of trade secrets is often a valuable mechanism for start-ups and small businesses having cooperative arrangements with third parties or partners to develop technology.
- Protection of business and industrial know-how
- Protection of trade secrets through licensing and pre- and post- disclosure agreements, and provisions for joint ventures
- Confidentiality Agreements, non-compete clauses and other non-disclosure Agreements
Computer and Internet
Our firm formulates, drafts and negotiates various software and technology licensing agreements, which can include SaaS and PaaS licensing agreements. We prepare and execute website/application user agreements and privacy notices. Our firm also can protect software with patents and copyrights. We can protect our clients’ IP portfolios with DMCA take-down notices for online copyright infringements and assist with data protection and privacy. Our firm also prepares assignments of technology, joint venture agreements, and/or work-for-hire agreements.
- Software Licensing Agreements
- Technology Licensing Agreements
- Software Patent Applications
- DMCA Take-downs
- Data Protection and Privacy
- Technology Assignments
- SaaS, PaaS Licensing Agreements
Financial Services and IT Businesses
As part of a Due Diligence and/or IP strategy audit, our firm can help protect new and useful processes by proactively engaging our clients in “IP Discovery” within their IP portfolio and advising clients in next steps to protect their core business practices and safeguard their competitive advantage. We prepare “business-method” patent applications. We also prepare business licensing agreements, joint venture agreements and trade secret agreements. Our firm assists our clients with the data privacy and security they require for their financial services and IT business transactions.
Protection of these processes is extremely important for securing competitive advantages in the marketplace.
- Business Method Patent Applications
- Business Licensing Agreements
- Joint Venture Agreements
- Data Privacy and Security
Licensing and IP Transactions
Depending on our client’s needs, we can prepare a wide variety of licensing agreements including: software licensing, patent licensing, trademark licensing, copyright licensing and technology licensing. Our firm also prepares transactional agreements, which include assignments, joint venture agreements, non-compete agreements, confidentiality agreements, Non-disclosure agreements, pre-disclosure and post-disclosure agreements, as well as settlement agreements.
- Licensing Agreements
- Transactional Agreements
- Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements
- Settlement Agreements
Our comprehensive knowledge and experience, especially in intellectual property, help us prepare the best posture for commercial and IP litigation in front of a judge or jury, and for settlement negotiations. We conduct pre-filing investigation of all parties and matters. Once the case proceeds, we conduct, prepare and file discovery and motions. Our firm has strong and experienced courtroom advocacy for patent, trademark, and copyright matters in Federal Court. We can also prepare appeals, handle arbitration and negotiate settlements.
- Pre-filing Investigations
- Experience in patent, trademark and copyright litigation
- Discovery and motions
- Negotiation and Settlement