Intellectual property is created by the human mind. The creativity element distinguishes it from personal, tangible 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. Daneker, McIntire, Schumm, Prince, Manning & Widmann, P.C. maintains the value of books, music, art, inventions, slogans, branding and business secrets through:
A patent is granted by the U.S. Patent Office for a specific time period to register inventions and improvements that are novel and useful. Our attorneys conduct a thorough patent search to determine whether a similar design has already been registered. If your design appears to be unique, our attorneys can assist you in preparing your drawings and descriptions, and we can file a detailed application. If another person or company attempts to infringe upon your patent rights, we pursue all available remedies to stop production and obtain compensation.
You have an exclusive right to the work you produce when you put it into a tangible form, such as a book, photograph, musical composition, computer program or movie. Your work automatically gains federal copyright protection upon production. Our attorneys can help you register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office to protect it from unauthorized use, reproduction or distribution.
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. Our attorneys file your trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. If infringement occurs, we seek an injunction to stop further use and we sue the infringer for damages.
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. We help you protect your business through nondisclosure agreements and employment protocol. If an employee or outside party discloses protected information, our attorneys can minimize damage to your company and pursue your legal remedies.
Call Daneker, McIntire, Schumm, Prince, Manning & Widmann, P.C. at 410-649-4747 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our Baltimore, Maryland office.