Practice Areas

Patent practice requires scientific understanding, an ability to write precisely and clearly, and legal competence. Each of the attorneys in our firm has engineering or scientific college educations, has attended fine law schools, and is a member of the bar of Ohio and elsewhere, as well as being a registered patent attorney. Our expertise covers patent prosecution to obtain patent protection in the United States and abroad, keeping our clients out of patent infringement situations, asserting our clients' rights if their patents are infringed, defending our clients if they are ever accused of infringing other patents, and assisting in patent transactions such as licensing and assigning patent rights.

Trademarks are usually words and/or designs which indicate that goods or services come from a particular source. Trademarks can be extremely important and valuable to a business. We conduct searches to see if particular trademarks are registrable, and files, prosecutes and maintains trademark applications and registrations in the United States and throughout the world. We protect our clients' trademark rights by opposing other parties seeking to register trademarks that are too close to our clients' trademarks, and defend our clients if they are accused of infringing the trademark rights of others. We work to prevent others from infringing our clients' trademarks. We are involved in business transactions involving trademarks including licensing, assigning, franchising and the like. Many areas in trademark rights are constantly developing, including non-traditional trademarks (colors, odors, etc.), dilutions of trademarks and electronic uses of trademarks, and we keep abreast of these changes.

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the authors of original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. We protect our clients' works through copyrights filed at the U.S. Copyright Office and other copyright offices throughout the world.

Trade Secrets
Many intellectual property rights of business are not the subject of patents, but rather are maintained as trade secrets. We are active in employer-employee relationships as they relate to trade secrets. We help our clients maintain their trade secrets by assisting them in keeping these proprietary rights truly secret, and enforcing these proprietary rights against others who have or have attempted to gain access to these secrets. We are involved in transfer of such trade secrets by means of sales or licensing.

We are active in many types of legal conflict, including litigating in state or federal courts, arbitrations and actions before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. We have worked with may other firms to mutually help our respective clients.

International Work
We are very active in representing foreign companies before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and in representing our U.S. clients in countries throughout the world. We communicate on a daily basis with our overseas associates with respect to patent matters, trademark matters, litigation and administrative proceedings such as trademark oppositions. Our work is extensive throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and other countries in the South Pacific.