building your portfolio
Your intellectual property portfolio could very well be your greatest asset. Missteps in its
development will at best be costly to repair and at worst be irreparable.
For these reasons, your company should work closely with a trusted intellectual property attorney in order to make timely and strategic decisions when selecting and registering trademarks and copyrights.
We advise on the selection of trademarks that have better odds of making it through the United States Patent & Trademark Office’s (USPTO) examination process. Our clearance searches can identify any issues before you begin the application process, saving your company months in delays.
We will also advise as to how to properly select content for registration with the United States Copyright Office (Copyright Office). Not all copyrightable work requires registration. Knowing what not to register will result in considerable cost savings.
Our firm will work closely with your company on the preparation of trademark and copyright applications, securing your rights in your brands and original content. We will file your applications, monitor their progress, respond to any agency correspondence and keep you on track to registration.
We have significant experience building and running anti-counterfeiting programs. This includes dispatching cease & desist letters, negotiating settlements, securing the surrender of infringing inventories and building your company’s reputation as an aggressive protector of its intellectual property.
Your company’s intellectual property could also fall prey to online infringers. We will conduct online enforcement in order to remove your intellectual property, in whatever form, from the websites of any unauthorized third parties.
Our firm has also successfully secured domain names from squatters through the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP).
How you respond to notices of infringement, alleging your company’s unauthorized use of a third party’s intellectual property, could be the difference between an amicable resolution and very public and costly litigation.
Let us advise your company on the development of internal policies and procedures that will give your company the tools to deal with most notices of infringement through its own and non-lawyer staff.
When your company is ready to leverage the power of its brand or original content, we can assist your company in the negotiation of favorable terms and the preparation of license agreements that assure your continued control and ownership of your intellectual property.
Our firm will meet with your staff and train your executives, buyers and marketing department on how to handle, escalate and respond to allegations of infringement. A tight procedure, consistently followed, will significantly decrease your company’s exposure.