Tucson Trademark Attorneys | Trademark Law and Intellectual Property
A trademark can be thought of as a brand name (e.g. Coca-Cola). Brand names are important for businesses (and their customers) because brand names help distinguish one business from another and allow us to identify the source of a good or service. A business’s reputation stands behind a trademark.
Say, for example, Business X has built a solid reputation in the Arizona community for selling top-notch products and providing outstanding customer service to its customers. Its customers – and potential customers from the public at large – therefore want to do business with Business X based on the reputation it has built for itself. Business X would be unwise to knowingly or unknowingly allow Competitor to use its trademark to fool consumers into thinking Competitor’s product where those of Business X.
Registering a trademark is not mandatory but, as the example above illustrates, it is highly recommended. The place of registration for a trademark depends on the geographical scope of a business’s operations. If the trademark is being used only within the state, registration should be done at the state level. National registration for large-scale businesses should be done through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Tucson Copyright Attorneys | Copyright Law
Copyright is an area of intellectual property law that protects original works of authorship that are created in tangible mediums. Copyright laws protect both published and unpublished works. Work is protected the moment it is created in a tangible form of expression. Examples of works that might come under copyright protection are songs, poems, movies, literary pieces, computer software, paintings, photos, poetry, architecture, and other written works.
Copyright registration is not required. Your work, remember, is protected the moment it is created. Registration, nevertheless, is recommended because it has a number of advantages, such as putting the public at large on notice of your creation. Registration is also particularly usefulness in the event any litigation arises out of the alleged copyrighted material.
Patents are essential to businesses and individual innovators. If you invent a technology, a patent can be used to protect it by filing an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A patent is essentially an exclusive license to use a technology for a certain period of time. Someone with a U.S. Patent has the sole right to sell, use, or license the protected technology. That means you can stop others from making, using, or selling your patented technology. Our patent law attorneys can help you or your business in intellectual property patent law as follows:
– Patent acquisition (e.g., drafting and prosecuting applications)
– Patent monitoring
– Patent enforcement
– Patent defense
– Resolution of disputes with someone who owns a patent, including alternative dispute resolution.