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Patent, Trademark & Intellectual Property
Do you have an idea that you wish to protect? Even experienced attorneys have a hard time explaining the difference between different types of intellectual property that a business can own, but here at Alvis Quashnock and Associates we can help you understand the difference between patents, copyrights and trademarks, and explain the steps you need to take to protect your creations so you can safely take advantage of opportunities to benefit from them.
Our services include:
Patents
We offer a full range of cost-effective patent services. Whether you are an individual with an invention, a startup bringing new ideas to market, or a corporation with an established product line, we can help protect your intellectual property and navigate the complexities of patent law. We perform patent searches, and are skilled in patent application drafting and prosecution. We also provide full litigation services in the event that patent infringement becomes an issue for our clients.
Patent Searches
Before filing a patent application; it is always a good idea to find out what has already been filed at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). While some patent applications are maintained in secrecy at the patent office until they issue as patents, some are published on the database at the USPTO, as well as issued patents. We provide searching services and interpreted results to inventors. Finding relevant patents and patent application helps guide the focus of your own patent application to avoid running into these prior art patents and pending application, or prevents you from wasting your time and money in the first place.
Provisional Patent Applications
The provisional patent application is often an excellent first choice for the inventor. A provisional patent application provides temporary patent pending status on an invention for up to one year. Provisional patent applications are maintained in secrecy at the USPTO, and are never examined. At the end of the term of the provisional patent application, you must file a non-provisional application, which is a full-blown application that includes all the parts required for examination and possible issuance as a patent.
Utility Patent Applications
Utility patent applications are fully-prepared, non-provisional applications that are examined and may issue as patents. We provide quality drafting services for utility patent applications that provide comprehensive protection of the invention. Unlike many firms that draft applications only to the core invention, we work with inventors to expand the scope of the patent application by considering as many variations and modifications to the original invention as possible. This "kitchen sink approach" provides the applicant with a more robust patent application, as there is no way to fully anticipate what rejections an examiner at the USPTO may make to the utility application, and with the additional variations and modifications we include comes an increased chance of successfully issuing as a patent.
Design Patent Applications
Design patent applications are filed to protect the decorative aspect of an invention rather than the functional aspects. For this reason, a design patent application contains only drawings of the invention, and protects only the specific appearance of an invention. For example, design patents are appropriate for ornamental designs of items that are not new in function, such as coffee cups, sunglasses, shoes, stationery items, and the like.
The Firm has extensive experience representing clients in all types of intellectual property matters, including federal and state trademark registrations, copyright registration, assignment and licensing agreements, cross-promotion and co-branding agreements, software development agreements, intellectual property inventories and counseling.
Unfair Competition and Restrictive Covenants
We assist clients in crafting documents to protect their intellectual property and in assessing the enforceability of agreements and policies to which they may be subject. We regularly advise clients on issues relating to unfair competition, trade secrets, covenants not to compete, and other restrictive covenants.
Intellectual Property Litigation
When disputes arise, we have extensive experience in representing parties in lawsuits concerning the confidentiality of trade secrets and the enforcement of non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements. We also litigate trademark and copyright disputes on behalf of our clients.
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