A company’s soul is found in its intellectual property, and developing and protecting intellectual property is different than protecting other assets. Many factors must be considered when exploring a new brand or trademark for your business before you begin using it, including a trademark’s strength, availability, and enforceability. When handling intellectual property, attorneys must consider how to preserve the value of concepts, designs, ideas and innovations, rather than merely tangible items. Dearing & Hartzog, L.C. may be able to assist you in maintaining the value of slogans, branding, business secrets, books, music, and art through assisting you with copyrights and trademark or trade name protection.
Trademarks are what distinguish a company from its competitors and can consist of a brand name, logo, picture, design, or even a distinctive color. A confusingly-similar trademark can constitute trademark infringement, requiring one to rebrand after months or years of investment under a brand. We can assist you by providing guidance on selecting an enforceable and defensible trademark and registering it with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to formalize your rights. We can also assist you with enforcing and defending your trademark rights in instances of potential infringement.
For most businesses, a website is integral to its success. However, there are pitfalls that need to be avoided, including ensuring you have secured proper rights and captured the right domain name. We can guide you through this to ensure that your website’s content won’t expose you to potential liability and assist you with getting the domain names you need.
You have an exclusive right to the work you produce when you put it into a tangible form, such as a book, photograph, musical composition, computer program or movie. Your work automatically gains federal copyright protection upon production. Our attorneys can help you register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office to protect it from unauthorized use, reproduction or distribution.
A formula, software, method, process or plan distinctive to your business may constitute a trade secret. Trade secrets are intrinsic to the success of your company and give you the competitive edge. When these unique functions are revealed, your company’s value is compromised. We are available to help you protect your business through the preparation and use of nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements. If an employee or outside party discloses protected information in violation of such an agreement or other legal obligations, our attorneys can minimize damage to your company and pursue your legal remedies.