Intellectual property (IP) is the result of your creativity. It’s because of your blood, sweat and tears that a new idea was born and nurtured. We can advise clients about the value of their patent and trademark portfolios and the best ways to protect these assets. The attorneys at Block45 Legal will help you utilize resources efficiently and protect your assets. We might even uncover assets you didn’t realize your business had, and could benefit from recognizing.
Our intellectual property expertise includes:
Nondisclosure agreements (NDA)
“I have had the pleasure of working with Clement on various intellectual property matters. He works directly with clients to provide a thoughtful deep-dive analysis of the issues and presents his conclusions in a manner that is precise and easy to comprehend. If you are looking for guidance through patents, trademarks or licensing, you would be remiss not to consider Clement.”
Be it a written work, an image or a software coding or algorithms, if you made it, you have the right to profit exclusively from it for many years (as well as controlling how it’s used). Are you considering registering a copyright? There are several reasons for doing so including having public record of your copyright as well as possessing a certificate of registration. Registering your copyright will help ensure only you profit from it. Also, a copyright must be registered before you can sue an infringer for damages.
If you believe your copyright is being infringed upon, we can help you navigate the best course of action for you and your business. If you’d like assistance in authorizing other parties in the use your copyright (even if not registered), or if you want to license someone else’s copyright, or if you need help with a “work made for hire” agreement, Block45 Legal can help.
Considering a Trademark?
Trademarking a company’s name, logo or slogan can help leverage market share and differentiate your business in the marketplace. Just like a copyright, you do not need to file with the government or to pay a fee in order to use the ‘TM’ symbol. However, a registered trademark means it has been officially registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, thus, giving your trademark federal protection. Block45 Legal can help you determine if a registered trademark makes sense for your business from a strategic perspective. We fully prepare you against intellectual property surprises because we ask you the questions you haven’t yet been able ask—or answer—for yourself. This will give you a clear picture of the current landscape and your ideal path.
Perhaps you are rebranding and considering a registered trademark or service mark in order to protect the brand. Trademarks (and service marks) can apply to a word, phrase, symbol or design, or packaging that identifies and distinguishes your business from that of your competitors. From registering and maintaining trademarks, to managing and enforcing your trademark portfolio, Block45 Legal has a team of experts that can assist you.
From Patents to Trade Secrets
The path to patenting an idea can be a difficult one to navigate. According to the criteria set forth by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), your idea must be new, nonobvious and useful. The patent attorneys at Block45 Legal can help you determine whether your invention or idea meets these criteria. However, the very act of applying for and receiving patent protection, results in your idea being disclosed to the entire world. Our attorneys can help you determine if a patent will help—or hurt your business—and whether or not a trade secret is worth setting up protection around.
Trade secrets consist of information such as formulas, patterns, methods, techniques and processes that afford a business with a competitive edge. One of the first steps in protecting (and defending) trade secrets is to first identify the information that must remain confidential and document it internally. A risk assessment should be completed in order to assess the areas or departments with the highest levels of vulnerability. Nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) can go a long way in preventing a partner or employee from intentionally or unintentionally revealing trade secrets to outside parties. There are also external threats to consider, such as a cyber attack, which can rob a company of private information once thought to be secure. Block45 Legal will help you define your risk tolerance, and talk through the business or legal options that will best lower your risk.
See The Big Picture
Block45 Legal provides Intellectual Property, and straightforward business consulting, in tandem, so you can see the big picture as it pertains to all areas of your business. Protecting your intellectual property from the very start will save you time and money by avoiding litigation in the future. The result is peace of mind, knowing your business plan is on track and Block45 Legal is on the job.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us. Block45 Legal can advise you on the best ways to safeguard your intellectual property interests both now and in the future. Contact us today for a free consultation at (720) 449-2963 or fill out the form below.