Intellectual property (“IP”) is a legal term used to refer to a work or invention for which a set of exclusive legal rights provides protection. There are generally four large categories of intellectual property: patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. At Sparkman + Foote LLP, we provide comprehensive transactional services pertaining to trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, and have a network of experienced patent attorneys available to assist on any patent matters our clients may have.
Trademark law typically protects a symbol or mark used to signal to consumers the source, quality and characteristics of a company’s products and services. These symbols can include words, logos, pictures, slogans, colors, smells as well as product packaging and design. A strong trademark is often imperative to a company’s marketing, branding, and good will. Copyright law, on the other hand protects original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium of expression. These original works can include such things as novels, songs, movies, television shows, playwrights, paintings, photographs etc. Trade secret law relates to protecting confidential business information that is both valuable and secret.
Sparkman + Foote LLP attorneys assist you in understanding what is protectable under the laws of intellectual property. Once you understand your intellectual property assets, we help you protect your corresponding rights. We provide guidance to help you pick a valid and strong trademark, and we can help you understand your copyrights. Once you have a valid trademark or copyright, our attorneys can also register your intellectual property domestically and internationally to ensure the greatest protection possible. We also negotiate and prepare assignment and licensing agreements pertaining to your trademark or copyright, and provide counsel on further protecting your intellectual property.
Further, our attorneys at Sparkman + Foote LLP are here to assist you in protecting your confidential and proprietary business information under the laws regulating trade secrets. We counsel you in the ways trade secrets affect your other intellectual property assets, such as copyrights and trademarks, and perhaps most importantly, we draft the appropriate contracts and documents to ensure that your confidential business information remains protected under trade secret law.