The ideas behind your business are just as important as the business itself. If you do not protect your intellectual property, you leave yourself open to others stealing your unique ideas and using them for their own benefit.
However, protecting your ideas from others can be a challenging task, and hiring an experienced intellectual property attorney can be the critical difference in the success of your claims.
Whether you are seeking intellectual property protection or going after others for stealing your ideas, the intellectual property attorneys at BrewerLong have the knowledge and experience to successfully litigate your claims.
Call the office or contact us today to learn more about how BrewerLong can protect your intellectual property interests and go after those that use your ideas inappropriately or without your permission.
How to Protect Your Intellectual Property
As the originator of your creative ideas, there are a number of ways to protect your intellectual property from being taken or used by others. With years of experience protecting the intellectual property of our clients, the attorneys at BrewerLong can go over your legal options and decide which type of protection is right for you.
A trademark is a recognizable sign, design, or expression that identifies your products or services from the products and services of another source. A trademark can be placed on the product itself, packaging, labels, and vouchers. A trademark can be useful in setting apart and identifying your specific products, especially if there are other similar, and inferior, products on the market.
Trademarks can be registered at the state and federal level, and the process of registering a trademark is quite complex. There are hundreds of different categories for trademarks and the application process can be lengthy. Our intellectual property trademark lawyers help clients applying for a trademark through the process and advise on any issues that may come up during the application process.
Trade secret protection
A trade secret refers to any process, formula, practice, design, instrument, pattern, commercial method, a compilation of information that is not reasonably known by others and is used in your business for an economic or competitive advantage.
If your business operates on a trade secret, obtaining protection for your trade secret can mean the difference in the success or failure of your venture. Trade secrets can be protected through the use of non-compete and non-disclosure agreements with employees, executives, and any others who may learn of the trade secret in your business. Taking a proactive approach to protecting trade secrets can save you a considerable amount of time, money, and stress in litigating future claims.
A copyright is the exclusive right of the creator of an original work to determine whether, and under what conditions, their original work may be used.
Copyrights exist only for creative works and have a limited lifespan, usually fifty or one hundred years after the death of the original work’s creator. For those looking to get a copyright for their original work, the intellectual property attorneys at BrewerLong can help you apply for a copyright and understand how it can help your business.
For potential clients that have an existing copyright on their ideas, our copyright lawyers can provide sound legal advice on licensing agreements and other contracts that can maximize the value of your copyrighted work.
Franchising and franchise development agreements
Franchising and franchise development agreements can be lucrative and successful ways to control your intellectual property while allowing others to utilize your ideas.
However, franchises require complex state and federal disclosures as well as the drafting, negotiating, reviewing, and finalizing of contracts between franchisee and franchisor. You need an intellectual property attorney who understands the benefits and potential risks of franchising your ideas to create an agreement most beneficial to you and your ideas.
Prosecuting Intellectual Property Claims
In addition to providing protection for our clients’ intellectual property throughout the Orlando area, BrewerLong attorneys also zealously advocate for our clientele when their intellectual property has been used inappropriately or without their permission.
We are not afraid to litigate with parties that either go beyond the scope of an agreement to use our client’s intellectual property or that attempt to outright steal the ideas altogether. Our office enforces the rights and protections afforded to our intellectual property holders and are not afraid to take your case to court to cease the use of your ideas and get you the compensation you deserve for their violations.
BrewerLong Attorneys are Here to Help
If you have invested time, money, and effort into your creative ideas they deserve to be protected to the fullest extent of the law.
Contact us today to speak with an intellectual property attorney about how best to protect your creative ideas from use and abuse by others.
If you already have intellectual property protection but believe that someone has violated your rights, our office is prepared to aggressively advocate for your interests.