Intellectual Property

We assist business owners, entrepreneurs, and creators identify their intellectual property rights, protect them, and maximize their value. Intellectual property rights can be found in assets that are created, developed, designed, or invented and include trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and patents.

Trademarks: A trademark is your brand. It is a signal of source, quality, and identity in commerce. Trademark rights exist when you attach a name, logo, or slogan to a product or service and offer that product or service for sale. Trademarks can be registered on the Federal and state level, and registration offers significant advantages to the trademark owner.

Copyrights: Copyrights exist in original works of authorship. Ideas are not copyrightable, but original books, songs, computer software, and graphic designs may be. Steps should be taken to verify, document, and maintain ownership in your creative works, particularly when you are acting as an employee or contractor, or you are collaborating with another person. There are distinct advantages to registering a copyright and other steps that can be taken to protect your copyrighted work.

Patents: A patent is a monopoly on something that is useful, novel, and non-obvious. A patent owner has the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling their patented invention. In the U.S., a patent can only be obtained from the United States Patent and Trademark Office and patent applications require the applicant to describe their invention in sufficient detail so that one skilled in the art will be able to replicate it. Therefore, it is important to consider trade secret protection before filing a patent application.

Trade Secrets: A trade secret is information that is sufficiently secret to derive actual or potential economic value from not being generally known to competitors. Trade secrets may exist in customer lists, processes, research and development data, and know-how, and they can last indefinitely. You must identify your trade secrets and take reasonable measures to keep them confidential or will can lose this valuable protection.

Our attorneys understand intellectual property and can identify, protect, register, and enforce your rights. We provide practical advice and offer strategic solutions. We routinely:

  • Identify what intellectual property rights exist in a business, product, service, or creative work.
  • Vet potential brand names to determine if they can function as strong trademarks.
  • Conduct clearance searches to minimize the risk that a trademark will infringe on someone else’s trademark.
  • Register trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Register trademarks in various states.
  • Manage and maintain trademark portfolios.
  • Determine copyright ownership.
  • Register copyrights with the United States Copyright Office.
  • Identify and recommend steps to protect trade secrets.
  • Review advertising, packaging, and website content.
  • Draft non-disclosure agreements, work-for-hire agreements, license agreements, and assignments. Enforce intellectual property rights through cease and desist letters, take-down notices, and alternative dispute resolution.
  • Represent clients in lawsuits involving intellectual property infringement, counterfeiting, unfair competition, and false advertising.

Contact Hilbrich Law firm if you would like to discuss your intellectual property rights and how we can help you.

Trademark, Copyrights & Trade Secrets seminar scheduled for Thursday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m. at our Crown Point location. Call today to make your reservation!

Call us at 1-877-877-LAW2 (5292) or send us an email at mail@hilbrich.com.