Sometimes the most valuable property cannot be seen or touched. You have invested time and effort in your intellectual and creative endeavors.  RKM can assist you in securing the intellectual property rights that you deserve by helping you protect your invention, brand, artistic work, or product and packaging design.

 

Intellectual property rights take many varied and sometimes intertwined forms.  RKM's attorneys are experienced at procuring and maintaining all types of IP rights.

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Staking your IP Claim

Information Protection

Even if certain information does not rise to the level of trade secrets or patent eligibility, its dissemination or use may be protectable by contract.  Various types of contracts may be and should be used to protect your proprietary information.  For example, employment agreements should be used to ensure your company owns the intellectual property created or developed by its employees.  Also, end user license agreement (EULA’s) may be used to govern the use of your website or software product.  Confidential information may further be protected by nondisclosure agreements between you and p

Trademarks

A trademark is a brand.  A trademark includes any word, name, symbol, or device (e.g., color or sound), or any combination thereof used to identify and distinguish goods or services from those manufactured or sold by others and to indicate the source of the goods or services.  Trademark rights provide the owner with the ability to prevent others from using a trademark that is likely to cause confusion amongst consumers of the owner’s goods or services. 

 

Copyrights

Copyright protection extends to any original work of authorship that is fixed in any tangible medium of expression, including on paper, on film, in nonvolatile computer memory, on tape, or other media.  Works of authorship include literary works; musical works; dramatic works; pantomimes and choreographic works; pictoral, graphic, and sculptural works; motion pictures and other audiovisual works; sound recordings; and architectural works.

 

Industrial Designs

The ornamental look of a product can drive sales and offer distinct competitive advantages.  Industrial design protection is a great complement to utility patent protection, and in some cases may be the only type of protection available to products incorporating well-established technology.

 

In the United States, industrial designs are protectable by way of design patents, and potentially by trade dress and copyright protection.  Outside of the United States, ornamental product design is usually protectable through an industrial design registration process.

 

Patents

Patents form a solid foundation for any intellectual property portfolio. A patent provides its owner(s) with the right to stop others from making, using, selling and importing the products or services covered by the patent for a set term within a particular jurisdiction (i.e., country).

Trade Secrets

A trade secret is any information that has independent economic value from not being generally known or readily ascertainable by proper means, and the information is the subject of efforts to maintain its secrecy that are reasonable under the circumstances.  Classic examples of trade secrets include recipes, manufacturing processes, formulas, patterns, manufacturing materials, and any other information that cannot be, or is difficult to be, reverse engineered.  If a product or material can be reverse engineered, the best intellectual property protection would be a patent.