Trademarks are some of the most valuable assets a business can own. A business’s trademarks, and attendant branding, communicate to the consumer the quality and distinctiveness of its products and services which in turn create monetizable good will with the consuming public and revenue for the business itself. Because a business’s trademarks represent invaluable assets, it is important for businesses to protect those assets from infringement and / or dilution.
Businesses also use their trademarks in domain names to help direct customers to their site. Domain names can be defined as an address for a particular place on the Internet. Disputes often arise when a trademark owner discovers that someone else has registered and is using a domain name that incorporates or is otherwise confusingly similar to the owner’s trademark. Such disputes have become common as increasing numbers of businesses and individuals register domain names and conduct business over the Internet.
At Logan & Lowry, LLP we assist clients’ with mark selection, clearance searches, prosecution, maintenance, portfolio management, audits, licensing, domain names, general disputes, and litigation. Our practice offers flexibility and is tailored to the needs of our clients. For many, we provide the full range of trademark services, while others seek our assistance on a project-by-project basis. Contact us to learn more.
Copyright protects an author’s expression of idea contained in “original works of authorship” including literary, musical, artistic, and other works of the intellect. An author can be a human individual or a corporate entity.
The 1976 Copyright Act gives a copyright owner, subject to fair use, the exclusive right to reproduce, prepare derivatives, distribute, preform, and display the work in copies in and to the public. In addition, authors of certain works of visual art have the rights of attribution and integrity.
Today, copyright owners who wish to protect and monetize their copyrighted works face new challenges in the wake of digital technologies which facilitate the mass dissemination of copyrighted works.
To protect and monetize their copyrighted works, individuals and corporate entities need clear guidance and creative solutions. Moreover, those who rely on third-party content need guidance regarding their responsibilities to copyright owners.
At Logan & Lowry, LLP we assist clients’ with registration, recordation, fair use issues, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), portfolio management, audits, licensing and assignment, general disputes, and litigation. Our practice offers flexibility and is tailored to the needs of our clients. For many, we provide the full range of copyright services, while others seek our assistance on a project-by-project basis. Contact us to learn more.
Patents protect an inventor’s idea as expressed through processes, machines, manufactures and compositions of matter that are useful, new and nonobvious. A useful invention is one that is minimally operable towards a practicable purpose. Additionally, an invention must not be anticipated by the “prior art” or public domain materials (publications and other patents).
At Logan & Lowry, LLP we assist clients’ with clearance searches, portfolio management, audits, licensing and assignment, and patentability opinions. We also liaison with patent attorneys to facilitate the drafting and prosecution of patent applications. Contact us to learn more.
Trade Secrets are another avenue for business to protect its intellectual property assets. A trade secret generally defined means information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program device, method, technique, or process, that derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable by proper means by, other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use, and is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy.
A business must determine the appropriate level of security if it decides to focus on trade secret protection. The most vital element a business must adhere to when claiming trade secret protection for information is that the information must in fact be an actual secret. This means the business must employ certain security measures and procedures to maintain the information’s secrecy.
At Logan & Lowry, LLP we assist clients’ with establishing security measures and procedures to ensure that a business’s trade secrets remain secrets, as well as, non-disclosure agreements, disputes, and litigation. For many, we provide the full range of trade secret services, while others seek our assistance on a project-by-project basis. Contact us to learn more.