Intellectual Property, Trademark, and Copyright Acquisition and Counseling

ADD+G provides a wide range of legal services relating to acquiring, enforcing, and managing intellectual property, trademarks, and copyrights. We counsel clients regarding 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 one of the Top 50 trademark firms by the trade journal Intellectual Property Today, based on the number of United States trademark registrations granted, and 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 intellectual property 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.

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’s intellectual property.

Every new business will need to obtain, protect, or transfer a trademark or copyrighted work at some point in time. Unless this is done correctly, the company risks losing the asset. 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.

Regarding copyrights, ADD+G is experienced in obtaining federal copyright registrations and providing legal counsel on various copyright matters clients experience every day, such as using pictures on their website and developing software. ADD+G can consult on copyrighted intellectual property works, including literary, artistic, musical, architectural, and computer code. We can also litigate cases where such works are at issue (again as discussed further in “Intellectual Property Litigation” under “Practice Areas”).

Why Intellectual Property Protection Is Important

Intellectual property rights have long been recognized as essential to American businesses. In fact, the protection of intellectual property rights was so important it was included in Article I of the U.S. Constitution.

One may license his or her intellectual property and oftentimes disputes arise over these licensing terms, conditions, payments or royalties. Other types of intellectual property litigation can include trademark dilution, cybersquatting, cyber piracy, counterfeiting, domain name disputes, customs seizures, data privacy, right of publicity, and database protection, among others. One may also become involved in an International Trade Commission proceeding, or reexamination or inter partes review of issued patents.

How an Intellectual Property Attorney Can Help You

There are as many different types of protections as there are creative and novel developments. Intellectual property protection arises under both state and federal law, protecting creations, discoveries, inventions, artistic works, processes, products, designs, expressions, marks, and even product packaging.

Qualified intellectual property litigators can help you identify what can be protected, how best to protect your intellectual property, how to monetize your intellectual property and, if necessary, how to protect against others who are using your intellectual property. Oftentimes, others will improperly assert claims of infringement and it takes a seasoned intellectual property attorney to properly defend against such claims.