Intellectual property covers anything that originates in someone’s mind, such as literary works, artistic pieces, inventions, and names, symbols, images, and designs used in commerce. Protection for this property includes copyright, industrial designs, patents and trademarks.
Intellectual Property Protection: Trademark, Copyright, or Patent?
The type of protection you need depends on what it is you are trying to protect. A copyright protects artistic or literary work, while a patent protects an invention. If you would like to protect words, phrases, symbols, or designs that represent a company or goods offered by a party, you’ll need a trademark or service mark.
Intellectual property lawyers can help you decide what kind of protection you need, help you put your protection into place, defend it, and maintain it as needed. That being said, Gerben Law Firm was built to specialize in one area of intellectual property law: trademark law.
Getting Started With an Intellectual Property Lawyer and Trademark Law
While you should start the process of registering your trademark as soon as possible, the best time to get started is before you begin actively using and building equity in your potential trademark. Intellectual property lawyer Josh Gerben and Gerben Law Firm can help you search federal, state, and common law trademarks to ensure your trademark are not already registered.
Gerben Law Firm’s intellectual property lawyers will help you draft your trademark application and file it with the US Government. We will stay with you every step of the way, helping with any office actions, opposition proceedings, or appeals, until the trademark registration process is complete.
Maintaining and Protecting Your Intellectual Property Rights
Once you’ve registered your trademark, you are legally obligated to maintain those rights. Gerben Law Firm offers a number of intellectual property services to help you do just that.
To learn more about intellectual property rights and trademarks, or to get help registering or maintaining your trademark rights, contact an intellectual property lawyer at Gerben Law Firm now.