INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Our Intellectual Property team has provided services to clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies to individual inventors. For smaller size clients, like startups, we help design full spectrum IP strategies to protect their IP rights from the very first day.

Our Intellectual Property Service

Patent

  • Prosecute patent applications

  • Practice before PTAB

  • Manage patent portfolio

  • Design patent strategies

Our technology focus includes: business methods, mechanical devices, electrical vehicles, autonomous vehicles, telecommunication systems (UMTS, 4G LTE, 5G), NFC systems, RFID systems, VR/AR optical devices, artificial intelligence, communication hardware, computer components, and renewable-energy devices. In addition to our strong patent prosecution practice, we also provide transactional practice that may help you manage your patent portfolio, license your technology, and analyze risk of operations. 

Trademark

  • Prosecute trademark applications

  • Trademark litigations

A trademark (or service mark) is generally a word or logo which identifies the source of goods or services. Trademarks act to distinguish goods from the goods of competitors. Over time‚ trademarks tend to establish consumer goodwill based on quality. An Internet domain name‚ trade dress‚ sounds‚ colors‚ and other designations may also function as a trademark. We help you protect and defend your trademark right. Trademark prosecution and registration is the process of filing a trademark application‚ prosecuting the application with the Trademark Office until it registers‚ and then keeping the registration renewed so long as the trademark is in use. A trademark can last forever so long as it is continuously used in commerce in relation to the goods or services as issue. A business can also acquire common law trademark rights by use of a trademark in commerce even though an application has not been filed. While common law trademark rights are better than no rights at all‚ common law rights are not as significant as having a registered trademark. As such‚ the best advice is to file a trademark application at the earliest opportunity.

Trade Secret

  • Trade secret coaching sessions

  • Trade secret litigations

Unlike the patent application process where we can argue against the USPTO, protecting your trade secrets must follow those statutory requirements. As defined by the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA), “trade secrets” means information that: (i) derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable by proper means by, other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use, and (ii) is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy. The statute clearly requires that “trade secrets” have to be protected as secrets by reasonable efforts of the owner. Our trade secret experts provide our clients advice and coaching sessions as to how to protect the trade secrets to suffice the requirements of the UTSA. 

Copyright

  • Internet Websites Contents

  • Books‚ Songs‚ Paintings, and Movies

  • Apps and Computer Programs

A copyright is the legal right to control an original work of authorship. Examples of copyrightable works include Internet websites (including all accompanying text and graphics) ‚ books‚ songs‚ paintings‚ movies‚ and computer programs. An original work of authorship is copyrighted at the time it is fixed to a tangible medium. Although registration is not required to own a copyright‚ it is advisable to register your work with the Copyright Offices in the United States and abroad. The reason for this in the U.S. is that‚ for all post-registration infringements‚ a copyright owner has the right to recover both statutory damages and attorney’s fees. The availability of statutory damages and attorneys’ fees can be a significant deterrent to a potential infringer and thus registering a copyright is often the best defense to an infringement.

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