INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
Intellectual Property Law is a broad field that encompasses patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and licensing law. These areas of law are often encountered by business owners, authors, artists, and inventors.
A patent is an exclusive right granted for 20 years for a novel invention. In order to secure a patent, an application must be made to the United States Patent and Trademark Office by either the inventor or by a registered patent agent or attorney. In order to practice before the USPTO, an attorney must pass a separate examination and have earned a particular undergraduate degree. Approximately only 1.5% of all licensed attorneys are registered patent attorneys, one of which is a partner here. Ryan L. Groves is able to advise you in your patent issues.
A trademark is a distinctive mark, motto, or logo used to identify the source of a product or service. Business owners put a lot of work into establishing their brand. When a competitor attempts trading on an established name, known as infringement, you need competent counsel to assist in preventing such action. Protecting a trademark begins with registering the mark either with the Secretary of State or with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. McKinney & Malapit Law’s experienced counsel can help decide which type of registration is best for you.
A copyright is a legal right that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution. Such creations may include works of literature, music, art, and architecture. Authors and artists are generally unaware of their rights and how to enforce their rights in the internet age.
A trade secret may be any information a business deems to be of commercial value. But certain policies and procedures must be in place in order to assert protection and recover damages in the event of disclosure of those secrets. Our attorneys can help business owners ensure the correct policies are in place.
Licensing law is an area that affects businesses, inventors, authors, and artists alike. Whether you are a business owner seeking to create a new trademark, buy a new franchise, or allow use of your copyrights or patents, you’ll need a license to protect the business and the asset. The same goes for any artist, author, or the like wishing to monetize their works. Our attorneys can negotiate and draft licensing agreements that protect your interests.