Patents grant to inventors exclusivity to their inventions for a limited time.
Patent drafting is the “secret sauce” that separates you from your competitors; it is the foundation upon which your invention is funded and protected.
Trademark is anything that differentiates the supplier as the source of goods or services; a trademark never expires if used continuously.
Registering your Trademark with Your Patent
With any invention, you’re hoping to build mindshare and market share! To protect the intellectual property surrounding the invention, you draft a patent prior to use; to protect your trademark, you must use your trademark in commerce.
Copyright is for books, songs, movies, illustrations, and other works of art; protection typically lasts from the life of the author until 70 more years.
Copyrights are filed with the United States Copyright Office, a division of the Library of Congress. Copyright protects your rights from being used by others and profiting from them.
In order to protect your idea internationally, you must file a patent with each country in which you’re seeking protection. However, due to cost, it often makes sense to file under The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). It allows you to defer the cost of filing national applications for 30 months. This one application affords you protection in 148 countries throughout the world. Contact us about your international patent questions.
Agreement Negotiation & Drafting
The objective of most clients is to enter into a commercial agreement for the sale or purchase of intellectual property. We custom-create work for hire agreements, security arrangements, trademark licensees, copyright licenses, and, litigation settlement agreements. We understand that the agreement is paramount to protecting your intellectual property.
We understand the trepidation most first time inventors and entrepreneurs experience. We counsel our clients to ensure that we build and protect their intellectual property. This guidance often avoids the errors that you might otherwise make….and gets you on the right path to profiting from your invention.