Ideas that become creative works – logos, slogans, branding, trade dress and “look and feel” schemes – are the raw materials of the modern economy and can be every bit as valuable as oil, iron and lumber. Without proper protection, however, what springs from the imagination might as well be tossed out with the week’s trash. We develop customized protection plans to ensure your works remain within your control and capitalize on your intellectual property.
The attorneys at Bean, Kinney & Korman know how important your brand is to your company. Keeping that in mind, we work with you to identify and protect your brand through our copyright and trademark services. We help our clients develop strategies for their intellectual property, identify their rights and defend those rights in court. Whether you are an emerging business or a large enterprise, we provide the services needed to protect the value of your copyrights and trademarks.
Our intellectual property lawyers offer a range of copyright services including registering your work, maintaining your portfolio, providing copyright counseling and handling all licensing and agreements associated with your copyrighted works.
Our attorneys are well versed in trademark law and regularly assist clients with clearing trademarks for use, and with trademark registration, maintenance, monitoring and enforcement. We routinely work with the United States Patent and Trademark Office by responding to questions and office actions and representing clients in oppositions and other proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Experience with Infringement Claims
We counsel our clients faced with infringement claims, providing knowledgeable and practical advice that is not simply the textbook answer but takes into account the realities of the business world in which the useful (and marketable) life of an idea may be measured in months, not years. Our litigation practice has experience enforcing and defending copyright and trademark rights nationwide.
Lead counsel for the appellee and argued the appeal for the appellee before the Fourth Circuit. The court found that a trademark based upon an abbreviation (acronym) was not infringed by the use of a longer phrase from which abbreviation was derived. The court also found that there was no confusion caused by the appellee's use of larger descriptive phrase from which the appellant's trademark abbreviation was based.
- The Washington Post, March 2, 2021
- July 2017
- BKK Business Law Newsletter, November 2014
- June 19, 2014
- BKK Business Law Newsletter, January 2014
- WebCents magazine, November 2012
- Small Business Trends, September 2012
- IP Frontline, June 2012
- Intellectual Property Today, May 2012
- BKK Business Law Newsletter, September 2009
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