Areas of expertise

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property (IP) drives a large segment of today’s global economy. Valuable IP rights may exist in products and services we see, hear and use every day. To maximize the value of your property, it is important to take proactive steps to protect your assets. That is why our attorneys listen to you to understand your needs and goals. 

Our Intellectual Property Practice includes:

  • Trademark infringement analysis
  • Trademark and copyright enforcement
  • Trademark defense and maintenance
  • Intellectual property rights searches
  • Copyright registrations
  • Trademark Registrations
  • Unfair Competitive Practices
  • Copyright Protection
  • Licensing of intellectual property

What Is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual Property (IP) is a general term for categories of rights in intangible creations of the mind. There are four main categories  your intellectual property may fall under. Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP attorneys will work with you to achieve your strategic objectives and protect your intellectual property. 

Protect Your Intellectual Property

Our Intellectual Property attorneys can help protect your most valuable business assets. IP has the ability to build brand awareness and loyalty among consumers. It establishes protectable legal interests in the goods and services sold by your company and the technology and know-how to produce them. IP also gives you a competitive edge and has intrinsic value that may be sold licensed or leveraged for profit. Intellectual Property drives innovation, enables you to enter new markets, grow market share and create jobs.

Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP can protect your IP in a variety of ways: 

  • Register copyrights and trademarks  
  • Conduct IP audits to help you understand weaknesses and steps that can be taken to make your IP more secure
  • Develop licensing programs to enable clients to both protect and monetize their IP
  • Develop Non-Disclosure Agreements to be signed by vendors, business partners and employees 
  • Engage watch notice services to monitor new IP application filings by other companies  
  • Help clients to develop best practices for IP protection and train employees on the subject 
  • Enforce your rights against infringers by sending cease and desist letters and when appropriate, commencing litigation 

Understanding the types of protections and what can be protected is the first step to safeguarding your businesses assets. Always bring suspected infringement of your business’s IP to the attention of your CPM attorney.  

Minimize Your Risk of Infringement

Your business can reduce its risk of infringing on other companies’ IP rights by consulting with the Intellectual Property team at Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP. 

Here are some of the ways we can help your business: ​ 

  • Conduct a thorough investigation to obtain legal clearance of all IP before use
  • Implement policies and guidelines to reduce infringement risk
  • Review your website for compliance with U.S. and international legal requirements
  • Educate employees about a business’s policies and guidelines
  • Train employees about types of IP that are most relevant to their jobs and industry

Never assume that what you see in the marketplace, in the media or on the internet is in the public domain and free to copy, download or use.​ If you are unsure whether something contains the protected IP of another party, always check with our attorneys before downloading or using it.​

How can we help you today?

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