Technology is expanding at rates we have never seen. And with these technological advancements come endless opportunities for innovators to develop and commercialize their ideas and inventions. At the same time, the digital age has also made it increasingly easier for copycats to rip your business and its intellectual property off. Protecting intellectual property (IP) against knock offs and/or competitors is critical in today’s competitive environment.
If your company has been the victim of IP theft, know that you have legal rights. Hardin Law Group, APC will fight on your behalf to ensure that these rights are protected. Whether you are an inventor, songwriter, designer, software engineer, or small business, contacting an attorney to protect and preserve your IP is critical.
A patent, which is granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, gives an inventor exclusive rights to their product, which means that no one else within the United States is able to sell or produce the product without permission. The US Government grants three different forms of patents:
- Plant: awarded to an inventor who has discovered or created a new plant species.
- Design: protects the outward appearance of a product.
- Utility: protects the use and functionality of a product.
Patents allow inventors to enter their product into the marketplace with an important layer of protection intended safeguard their invention safe from IP thiefs. Learn more about how to obtain a patent by calling our office.
Do not let others capitalize on your innovation. If you are dealing with potential patent infringement, call Hardin Law Group, APC today for a free consultation. With extensive experience in patent litigation, our firm will work to keep your product safe from duplication.
Trademarks are an important aspect of branding a business. Like patents, trademarks can be filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Trademarks come into play at the earliest stages of a business’s formation. For example, before creating a business logo it is important to research existing trademarks to avoid having to rebrand later on due to an emblem infringing upon another company. Once you have designed your logo, filing a trademark gives you the ability to protect your brand from IP thiefs.
When others attempt to infringe upon the goodwill of your brand, it cuts into your company’s revenue. Don’t allow others to profit off of your hard work. Call an attorney as soon as your trademark is threatened.
A copyright is the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same. When a work is initially created, it is automatically protected by a copyright under federal law — even though nothing has been registered with the government. Some might think this is enough, but taking the next step to register your work with the United States Copyright Office is critical should you need to protect your work from infringement. If an entity uses a similar version of your idea and you hold the copyright, legal action can be taken in order to prevent them from using the form any further.
When copyright infringement occurs your hard work faces the threat of monetary loss. Don’t let people make cheap imitations of your hard work, especially when it can affect your name or bottom line.
Trade Secret Litigation
The Uniform Trade Secret Act defines a trade secret as “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 the public or to other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use.” Trade secrets are crucial for keeping a competitive edge over other businesses within your targeted market. If a former employee leaks a trade secret to a competitor, you have legal options. Learn more about our trade secret litigation practice here.
Protecting your intellectual property from competitors in all facets of business is critical. Your hard work should never be at risk of unoriginal replications. Don’t allow hard-earned money slip from your hands and into competitor’s pockets, contact Hardin Law Group, APC today for your consultation.