We assist clients in the registration of their copyright interests as well as the licensing and sale of their works. Our copyright attorneys advise clients with respect to protectability of their works, infringement concerns, fair use, proper use of others’ materials, and commercialization of their works. We also assist clients in developing appropriate internet policies that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Intellectual Property Litigation
Our attorneys represent and defend our clients’ interests in federal and state courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Our intellectual property litigation group handles trademark, copyright, unfair competition, trade secret, and patent claims as well as claims of unfair competition, false advertising, counterfeiting, and antitrust violations.
Our IP attorneys prepare and negotiate technology agreements to manage rights in our clients’ intellectual property, including licenses, assignments, joint development agreements, and research agreement. We work with clients to develop strategies for exploiting an existing intellectual property portfolio and maximizing its value, as well as to license necessary inbound technologies on favorable terms.
Our patent attorneys evaluate our clients’ inventions for patentability and infringement purposes, assist in obtaining patent protection for the inventions, develop profitable licensing strategies, and enforce those rights when appropriate. We assist clients with portfolio management, due diligence efforts, development and licensing agreements, and all aspects of patent prosecution.
Our technology attorneys focus on all aspects of representing technology-based companies. We work with these companies throughout their life assisting with start-up issues specific to technology companies, techniques and strategies for protecting and exploiting their technology, development of appropriate employee agreements and policies, development of licensing strategies, acquisitions of related technologies, and when the time comes, due diligence and assistance in negotiating the best exit strategy for the company. Our team represents clients in handling transactions in the software, biotechnology, entertainment, health care, manufacturing, consumer products, telecommunications, life sciences, food and beverage, energy, hospitality, and franchise industries.
Technology Transactions and IP Due Diligence
In conjunction with our Mergers and Acquisitions group, we assist clients in transactions involving their intellectual property assets. We help clients determine the value of the intellectual property, assess their intellectual property portfolios, identify areas for growth, verify IP ownership, and negotiate the corresponding transaction documents to close the deal.
First and foremost we work with clients to identify their trade secrets and develop plans to protect those trade secrets. Our services include development of an overall trade secret protection plan, preparation of confidentiality agreements, employee agreements, necessary manuals, and other individualized policies. We work with clients to understand not only how to identify their trade secrets but how to take steps on a daily basis to protect and maintain their rights in these trade secrets.
We assist clients with all stages of brand management from developing branding strategies, selecting and clearing marks, obtaining federal and state registrations for those marks, developing and implementing appropriate licensing strategies, and enforcing the brand rights. Our attorneys handle proceedings at the TTAB, conduct IP due diligence for transactions, handle domain name issues and litigate trademark related disputes including infringement, unfair competition and false advertising.