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Our law firm specializes in both intellectual property and business law because we find that these two practice areas are very much intertwined. After all, your intellectual property is one of your most valuable business assets. For example, your inventions (i.e., patents) can give your business a monopoly for a limited time; your branding (i.e., trademarks) sets your business apart in the marketplace; your creative assets (i.e., copyrights) generate value for your business; and your proprietary information (e.g., trade secrets) gives your business an edge against competitors. In addition to intellectual property, we'll help you protect your business interests throughout each stage of business growth—whether that entails forming or dissolving business entities, drafting or negotiating contracts, resolving business disputes, or all of the above.

 
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Business

Start, run, and grow your business as smoothly and profitably as possible.

  • Startups & formation of all types of business entities

  • Selling, winding up, & dissolution

  • Drafting & negotiating business contracts (e.g., operating agreements, financing agreements, consulting agreements, etc.)

  • Employment and independent contracting agreements

  • Right to publicity & privacy policies

  • Corporate governance & fiduciary duties

  • Converting one type of business entity to another (e.g., from an LLC to an S-corp)

  • Purchase & sale of business assets

  • Mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, & reorganization

  • Evaluations and identification of intellectual property assets

  • Business litigation in state & federal courts (e.g., disputes between owners, contract disputes, etc.)

  • Settlement negotiations & alternative dispute resolution (e.g., mediation & arbitration)

 

Patents

Protect your new and useful inventions, including methods, devices, plants, designs, software, and more.

  • Patentability analysis, clearance, freedom to operate, & opinion letters

  • Provisional patent applications

  • Non-provisional patent applications (e.g., devices, methods, plants, & designs)

  • Patent advising & strategy

  • Patent portfolio management & evaluation

  • Due diligence; valuation of a company's patent assets

  • Patent licensing & assignment agreements (e.g., software licensing agreements)

  • Drafting & responding to cease-and-desist letters

  • Patent litigation in federal court & before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB")

  • Settlement negotiations & alternative dispute resolution (e.g., mediation & arbitration)

 

Trademarks

Protect your branding, including business and product names, designs, slogans, logos, and more.

  • Trademark searches, clearance, & freedom to operate analysis

  • Federal trademark applications

  • Trademark advising & strategy

  • Trademark portfolio management & evaluation

  • Due diligence; valuation of a company's trademark assets

  • Trademark licensing, assignment, & co-branding agreements

  • Trademark monitoring & enforcement

  • Drafting & responding to cease-and-desist letters

  • Trademark litigation in federal court & before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("TTAB")

  • Settlement negotiations & alternative dispute resolution (e.g., mediation & arbitration)

 

Copyrights

Protect your creative works, including songs, illustrations, poems, photographs, literature, and more.

  • Federal copyright registrations

  • Copyright advising, strategy, & enforcement

  • Work-for-hire & independent contractor agreements

  • Due diligence; valuation of a company's copyright assets

  • Freedom to operate analysis

  • Copyright licensing & assignment agreements (e.g., video, film, music, illustrations, & other media)

  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") compliance & takedowns

  • Drafting and responding to cease-and-desist letters

  • Copyright litigation in state & federal courts

  • Settlement negotiations & alternative dispute resolution (e.g., mediation & arbitration)

 

Trade Secrets

Protect your proprietary information, including secret methods, secret formulas, and more.

  • Drafting of confidentiality & non-disclosure agreements ("NDAs")

  • Trade secret strategy & enforcement

  • Advising re: trade secret vs. patent protection

  • Independent contractor, employee, & consultant agreements

  • Trade secret licensing & assignment agreements

  • Drafting & responding to cease-and-desist letters

  • Trade secret litigation in state & federal courts

  • Settlement negotiations & alternative dispute resolution (e.g., mediation & arbitration)

 

Litigation

When it’s impossible or inadvisable to avoid litigation, we’re vigorous advocates for our clients through all stages of the dispute. We’ll help your business steer a thoughtful course of action throughout the process of discovery, motions practice, settlement discussions, and–if necessary–trial or arbitration. Taking into account your overall business goals and mission, we'll engage you in cost-benefit analyses every step of the way. Whether the best course is alternative dispute resolution (i.e., mediation or arbitration), settlement, or trial, we’ll work with you to achieve the best possible outcome.

Get in touch with our experienced attorneys for a basic case evaluation.

 

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