Intellectual Property Practice Group

The IP Group at Perkins Thompson is dedicated to protecting your hard-earned intellectual property.  In a competitive economy characterized by rapid changes and disruptive technologies, identifying, monetizing and defending intellectual property is mission critical.  Whether for a Fortune 500 company or an entrepreneur with a great idea for a start up, we are here to help with the full range of legal and transactional issues relating to trademarks, copyrights, branding, domain names and  trade secrets.

Services Provided

  • Performing and interpreting trademark clearance searches
  • Filing and overseeing trademark, copyright and domain name applications and registrations at state, federal and international levels
  • Drafting and negotiating software, technology and trademark licensing and distribution agreements
  • Performing intellectual property audits and due diligence reviews
  • Drafting and negotiating nondisclosure agreements;/li>
  • Recovering misappropriated proprietary information and trade secrets from former employees
  • Drafting and negotiating website development, hosting and publishing agreements
  • Drafting and negotiating “work for hire” agreements; and
  • Prosecuting and defending trademark and copyright infringement and trade secret appropriation actions in state and federal courts and in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Representative Matters

Matters that we have recently handled include:

  • Filing, managing and maintaining a portfolio of trademarks for a food producer with a multi-state distribution network.
  • Screening, filing and securing federal trademark registration for the flagship brand of a start up craft brewery.
  • Negotiating a technology licensing agreement for a medical device manufacturer.
  • Shutting down an infringing domain name for an arts and crafts supplier in an international arbitration proceeding with the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”).
  • Drafting a “click-through” licensing agreement for a non-profit trade association website.
  • Negotiating a trademark coexistence agreement to resolve a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) cancellation proceeding in the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a boat manufacturer.

Cost

We understand the importance of predictable budgeting and we work hard to provide you with excellent service at an affordable price.  In addition to conventional hourly billing, we offer flat fee and capped charges for trademark clearance searches, trademark and copyright registrations, and a number of our other IP services.  Please let us know if you are interested in an alternative fee arrangement.