Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights
Protecting your creative property
Intellectual property is created by the human mind. The creativity element distinguishes it from personal, intangible or real property. Protecting intellectual property is different than protecting other assets. When handling intellectual property, attorneys must consider how to preserve the value of concepts, designs, ideas and innovations, rather than merely tangible items. The attorneys at Ashman Law Offices, LLC have 85 years’ combined experience maintaining the value of books, music, art, inventions, slogans, branding and business secrets through:
Filing and protecting your patent
A patent is granted by the U.S. Patent Office for a specific time period to register inventions and improvements that are novel, unobvious and useful. The attorneys at the firm conduct a thorough patents search to determine whether a similar design has already been registered. If your design appears to be unique, they can assist you in preparing your drawings and descriptions, and they can file a detailed application. If another person or company attempts to infringe upon your patent rights, they pursue all available remedies to stop production and obtain compensation.
Registering your copyrights
You have an exclusive right to the work you produce when you put it into a tangible form, such as a book, a photograph, a musical composition, a computer program or a movie. Your work automatically gains federal copyright protection upon production. The attorneys at Ashman Law Offices, LLC can help you register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office to protect it from unauthorized use, reproduction or distribution.
Preserving your business image through your trademarks
Trademark protects your commercial branding, logo, picture or design from use by others. Even use of a confusingly similar look, name or logo can constitute trademark infringement. The attorneys at Ashman Law Offices, LLC file your trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. If infringement occurs, they seek an injunction to stop further use and sue the infringer for damages.
Safeguarding your business’s trade secrets
A formula, recipe, method, process or plan distinctive to your business constitutes a trade secret. Trade secrets are intrinsic to the success of your company and give you the competitive edge. When these unique functions are revealed, your company’s value is compromised. Ashman Law Offices, LLC helps you protect your business through nondisclosure agreements and employment protocol. If an employee or outside party discloses protected information, the attorneys at the firm can minimize damage to your company and pursue your legal remedies.
Contact the meticulous Chicago & New York intellectual property attorneys
Call Ashman Law Offices, LLC at 312-596-1700 or toll free at 888-8ASHMAN today to schedule a consultation, or contact the firm online.