Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets
FOCUS: TRADEMARKS, TRADE DRESS, COPYRIGHTS, TRADE SECRETS
Your business’s trademark is a character or a symbol used to identify the source of your service or product. A trade dress is similar to a trademark. The difference between a trademark and a trade dress, however, is that a trade dress pertains to characteristics of the visual appearance of a product or packaging while trademarks pertains to characters or symbols. A trade dress can be protected if it is used to identify the source of your product or service.
A copyright is any any original work of authorship that is fixed in any tangible medium of expression, if it is presently known or can be developed later. The original works of authorship may be communicated directly or via an electronic device. A trade secret is an alternative to patent protection, and, unlike a patent where full disclosure is required, no disclosure is required in a trade secret. There are certain procedures that must be implemented to protect your trade secret, though.
I can perform the following services:
- Register your trademark or trade dress with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (Patent Office)
- IP strategy
- Develop a strategy to protect your trademarks or copyright
- Register your works with the U.S. Copyright Office
- Write a cease-and-desist letter to an alleged infringer
- Negotiate the sale of your license or your IP portfolio
- IP valuation of your existing portfolio
- IP litigation