ADD+G provides a wide range of legal services relating to the acquisition, enforcement, and management of trademarks and copyrights. We counsel clients as to the availability of trademarks through clearance searches of the federal and state trademark databases, and assist in the filing and prosecution of federal, state, and international trademark applications. We manage national and international trademark registration portfolios of all sizes, and provide international trademark acquisition and protection strategies. ADD+G has been named as one of the Top 50 trademark firms by the trade journal Intellectual Property Today based on the number of United States trademark registrations granted, as well as a Top 50 trademark firm by Trademark Insider.
In addition to representing clients in state and federal court trademark infringement proceedings (discussed further in “Intellectual Property Litigation” under “Practice Areas”), ADD+G represents clients in quasi-litigation proceedings such as cancellations and oppositions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and domain name disputes before the National Arbitration Forum and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
With respect to copyrights, ADD+G is experienced in obtaining federal copyright registrations and providing legal counsel in a variety of copyright matters clients experience every day, such as using pictures in their website and development of software. ADD+G is able to consult on all types of copyrighted works, including literary, artistic, musical, architectural, and computer code, as well as litigate cases where such works are at issue (again as discussed further in “Intellectual Property Litigation” under “Practice Areas”).
Hiring a trademark and copyright lawyer is an important decision. Trademarks can be a word, name, symbol, device, or any combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes a business’ products and services from those of others. 15 U.S.C. §1127. Copyrights are original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, such as works of art, books, music, websites, computer code, etc. 17 U.S.C. § 102(a). Together, trademarks and copyrights may form a significant part, or even the entirety, of a business’ intellectual property. Every new business will need to obtain, protect, or transfer a trademark or copyrighted work at some point in time, and if not done in the right way, the asset may be lost. Worse, a business might find itself on the wrong side of a trademark or copyright infringement lawsuit. We are here to help you navigate the ever-changing trademark and copyright protection and litigation landscape.
To help clients protect their intellectual property rights, our attorneys are also able to provide a host of trademark and copyright transactional services, such as assignments, licenses, work for hire agreements, and a variety of general business contracts. ADD+G would be pleased to assist whatever your trademark or copyright goals.