Branding, Trademarks & Copyrights
Brands, branding, and associated intellectual property and domain names represent some of the most valuable assets a client can own or have rights to. Our branding, trademarks, and copyrights attorneys assist a wide array of clients in establishing, protecting, commercializing, and enforcing their brands, trademarks, and copyrights both domestically and internationally. Our clients include owners of some of the world’s most famous international brands along with individual entrepreneurs.
Our attorneys provide clients with practical and cost-effective advice regarding these valuable assets, including how, when, and where to protect their rights using ownership and licensing strategies and protection and enforcement programs, including ways to prevent the importation and exportation of counterfeit products.
Our attorneys negotiate and draft agreements such as licenses, transfers, assignments, joint ventures, coexistence, and product development, and are involved in the purchase and sale of intellectual property assets, including conducting due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, and, working with our corporate attorneys, creating effective corporate structures to minimize potential liabilities while maximizing other advantages.
When it comes to enforcement, our attorneys enforce and defend our clients’ intellectual property in courts throughout the United States and abroad and regularly represent our clients’ interests in quasi-judicial adversarial proceedings, such as in cancellation and opposition proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office.
In addition to managing trademark portfolios for our domestic clients, our attorneys have developed relationships with foreign law firms with whom we network with for filings throughout the world.
Our attorneys and staff handle trademark and related searching and filing from cradle to grave, from assessing the availability and registrability of potential marks to efficiently searching, clearing, filing, and prosecuting applications both in the United States and abroad. In addition to procuring trademarks and managing global intellectual-property portfolios, our attorneys counsel clients on domain-name issues and develop and implement strategies for protecting intellectual property rights on the internet, including action against cybersquatters and handling take-down notices and related website policies.
Copyrights are often the least understood form of intellectual property, but can offer significant advantages both as deterrence and in damages through enforcement if a copyrightable work is registered prior to the first act of infringement. For example, a valid Certificate of Copyright entitles the “prevailing party” in litigation to an award of costs, including attorney’s fees.
Our attorneys and staff guide our clients through the copyright-process maze, including assessing overall strategy, counseling on copyrightability issues, preparing and prosecuting copyright registrations, and enacting enforcement through both litigation and non-litigation means.
- Consumer electronics
- Consumer goods
- Fashion and apparel
- Food and beverages
- Health care
- Higher education
- Life sciences
- Medical devices and diagnostics
- Outdoor and sporting
- Performing arts
- Video games
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