Protect Your Valuable
Intellectual property ("I.P.") can be very confusing, even to attorneys who do not specialize in the field. (Believe me—I have seen it.)
You can have a patent on something, a trademark or trade name when you manufacture it, a service mark when you provide the service, maybe a copyright on the software that runs it or on the packaging, or the text, photos or art on your website. Or maybe you would prefer to keep it all a secret. Are trade secrets really protected by law? What are the remedies if someone infringes on your I.P.?
How do you get these property rights, which can be among the most valuable of any type or property assets, more than the land, machinery and money assets your company has?
What if anything do you need to do to I.P. once you own it to keep it? (You mean I can lose the rights? Afraid so.) How long can you keep I.P.? Is there a 'secret' kind of powerful I.P. protection? Should I get a design patent, a design copyright or a trademark? All of them?
What should I do if someone is infringing (using my copyright, trademark/name or patent) without my permission? Sue right off? Not at all—litigation lawyers often want retainers of $10,000 or more for this work, and the results are not certain. Instead, call me now at 410-292-6989 for a free half hour analysis of curing the problem without suing.Often infringers do not know they are breaking the law. A firm but polite letter or a few phone calls will eliminate the problem at very reasonable cost. It is especially effective if they put your creative on their website without permission. (Ask me why.) I can persuade one who is infringing or has infringed on your creatives (copyright material) or branding (trade marks and names). I can often get the problem solved without court with my Professional Negotiation skills and experience.
Unfortunately, all the answers are different for
different types of I.P.
With all these questions, you want to speak with an expert. That is where I come in.
So if you want clear, comprehensive and accurate legal advice on protecting your words and images, or please give me a call now at registering your trademark, 410-292-6989, or shoot me an email, to PM[at]YourIPAttorney.com. My rates are reasonable and first half hour is free. It's confidential.
Did you know? You need to get your trademark attorney involved before you choose your brand name or logo. Phone me on 410-292-6989 to find out why. No charge.
Intellectual property law protects what you create--your writing, your painting and drawing, your photography and videography--your Art. It protects your logo, company colors and "dress", your trade names and tag lines. I.P. law protects what you create. That's why I say: