Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is a critical part of doing business in today’s global economy.  Organizations of all types and sizes now have a vested interest in maximizing the value of their IP assets and in protecting them from growing threats, both at home and abroad, of misuse, misappropriation and infringement. Our Intellectual Property team has a strong grasp of the complex and ever-evolving practice area that is IP law. Knowing statutes and precedents, however, is not enough—our attorneys place strong emphasis on learning each client’s business goals and fully grasping their on-the-ground, market realities. Doing so better enables us to work with both producers and consumers of intellectual property, regardless of their current stage of product or company development. Indeed, we put this industry, and company-specific, knowledge to maximum use as we help clients protect trade names, trademarks, trade dress, good will, domain names, trade secrets, manufacturing processes, know-how and other confidential information and copyrights.

Our attorneys have handled matters related to:

  • Assisting businesses with resolution of domain-name disputes; examples include a financial services business and a publisher
  • Counseling and negotiation in IP-related disputes
  • Counseling franchisors in various lines of business in the protection of intellectual property in the context of franchise relationships, including protection of trademarks, copyrights and trade dress
  • Joint-venture arrangements, including financing, risk allocation and IP ownership structure
  • Licensing of trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets
  • Managing the risk of acquiring and using intellectual property-based assets
  • Prosecuting and defending applications for injunctive relief and/or damages for infringement, false advertising, false designation of origin, trademark counterfeiting and unfair competition claims, under the Lanham Act, the Copyright Act, state statutes protecting IP, as well as common law
  • Registering and protecting copyrights and trademarks
  • Representing various businesses in copyright, patent, licensing, and contractual IP disputes
  • Securing intellectual property for uses now and in the future through agreements with employees, subcontractors, vendors and other business partners.