Patent protection may be available for a new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement. Patent protection is not available for abstract ideas, laws of nature (e.g., laws of gravity), and natural phenomena.
Keep in mind that patent protection may be available for your business methods, software, and improvements to existing technologies.
Trenner Law Firm can evaluate your innovations in view of existing technologies to determine what aspects may be patentable. Trenner Law Firm can also help you with all aspects of the patent application process, including preparing and filing patent applications in the United States Patent Office, responding to examiner rejections, and appealing the examiner’s decisions when necessary.
Trenner Law Firm can also help secure patent rights in other countries.
Trademarks - Brand Protection
Trademark protection may be available for the name, tagline, and/or logo used to identify your goods or services in commerce.
You should avoid these common pitfalls:
Selecting a weak mark.
Selecting a mark that is generic or descriptive of your goods or services.
Selecting a mark that is confusingly similar to someone else’s mark.
Failing to fully and accurately identify all of your goods and services in the trademark application.
Trenner Law Firm can guide you through the selection process to help your business identify a strong tradename and trademark for your products or services.
Trenner Law Firm can help you with all aspects of federal trademark registration, and advise you on the proper use of your trademarks so that you continue to build the strength of your trademark and do not lose important rights.
Copyrights - Artist Rights
Copyright protection may be available for original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Protection is not available for facts, ideas, systems, and methods, although protection may be available for the expression of those facts or ideas.
Trenner Law Firm can help you identify copyrightable materials and register your works with the Library of Congress.
Trade secret protection may be available for developments that are capable of being maintained secret. Protection is typically not available for developments that can be reverse engineered or come to be publicly known by other means.
Trenner Law Firm can help you identify trade secret materials, and help implement a trade secret program to help ensure your trade secrets are maintained as trade secrets.
Licensing & Agreements
If you decide to sell, license, or otherwise transfer some or all of the rights in your intellectual property, you should have a qualified intellectual property attorney assist in the negotiations and preparation of the appropriate documents. It is important that you fully understand which rights are being transferred, which rights are being retained, and the obligations both you and the other party have to one another.
Trenner Law Firm can help negotiate, prepare, and review licensing, technology transfer, and other agreements.