Intellectual Property Law
Many business owners are unaware of the value of their intangible intellectual property (copyrights, trademarks, trade names, trade secrets, & patents). Drinkwater Law Offices will help you understand how to build value by properly acquiring and protecting intellectual property assets in the following areas:
Drinkwater Law Offices counsels our clients in all aspects of intellectual property acquisition, transfer, protection and enforcement. We work with major corporations, small emerging growth companies and individuals to establish intellectual property portfolios and to enforce intellectual property rights and develop strategies to avoid litigation or improve litigation posture. We want our clients to be able to obtain maximum value from their intellectual property assets.
Audits, Searches and Registration
We conduct trademark searches and advise on trademark clearance, selection, and enforcement. The selection of a company name or trademark is one of the most important decisions a business makes. Our intellectual property lawyers assist clients in the strategic selection, registration, management and enforcement of trademark and trade dress rights to maximize their value across the globe. Each year, we advise clients concerning numerous potential trademarks, taking into consideration not only potential infringement of third-party rights, but also whether the name can be registered and can provide the client with the desired exclusivity and market impact. Once a trademark is chosen, we facilitate its federal and/or state registration.
Representation Before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
We represent clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Applications, oppositions, cancellation proceedings and appeals involving trademarks are handled by lawyers admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Purchase, Sale & License Agreements and Assignments
When ownership of a patent or trademark portfolio of rights changes it is vitally important that the change be recorded correctly and promptly in order to establish proof of current ownership and, in most instances, to protect the validity of the patents, trademarks, and copyrights involved. Drinkwater Law Offices has extensive experience in the preparation and filing of documentation to record assignments, mergers, and changes of company names against patent and trademark rights throughout the country.
We can assist both companies seeking to enforce their intellectual property rights and those accused of infringement. We help clients prevent third-party trademark infringement by conducting searches and by preparing formal oppositions to registration and seeking cancellations of existing registrations in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, if necessary.
We guide our clients in the choice of suitable protection for artistic and literary works as well as counsel our clients with respect to the myriad changes affecting copyright law as it pertains to new technology. We advise clients in connection with the protection of copyrighted materials and critical ownership issues arising from works created by employees or consultants. The Internet has transformed traditional copyright principles as they have been applied to technologies never envisioned when the copyright laws were enacted.
We also represent clients in software piracy and unauthorized use disputes, which have become increasingly common with the Internet's expansion.
While Drinkwater Law Offices does not file patent applications, it does counsel clients about how to obtain patent protection and advises on licensing and commercialization of technology covered by patents.
Some of our clients' most critical intellectual property issues relate to the protection of their valuable proprietary information and trade secrets. We assist our clients in establishing and improving their internal technology, proprietary information and trade secret protection programs, including agreements and policies on confidentiality, employee inventions and invention disclosures. We also conduct intellectual property audits and due diligence reviews to protect a client's intellectual property rights both internally and externally.
Technology licensing is frequently a core element of our clients' strategies. Our lawyers leverage technical knowledge, business acumen and legal experience to structure, prepare and negotiate a vast range of licenses and other technology transactions. We assist clients from both the perspective of the licensor and the licensee. We advise clients on the licensing of trademarks, trade secrets, patents, and copyrights.