Copyrights & Trademarks

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Carole F. Barrett
415.426.3568

Christine E. Weller
215.732.3923

Intellectual property assets, including trademark and copyright registrations, are the most valuable assets most business owners control, regardless of the industry. Our clients understand that developing and protecting their copyright and trademark holdings is critical to achieving their short- and long-term business objectives. We have extensive experience across creative and technical sectors delivering practical, bottom-line oriented trademark and copyright advice. From the outset, we work closely with clients to develop outcome oriented intellectual property strategies focused on identifying, protecting, and leveraging our clients’ copyright and trademark assets for maximum return. We also often handle litigation arising out of intellectual property disputes.

Trademarks

The trademark advice we offer is both defensive and offensive.  Defensively, we provide strategic advice to our clients on identifying and selecting strong trademarks, and assist our clients to secure and maintain their trademarks nationally and internationally. Our knowledge of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) practices and procedures and experience with trademark practices and procedures outside of the US, allows us to help clients achieve their business goals by strategic leveraging of their trademark portfolios. We provide a wide array of services including strategic trademark selection and clearance, trademark prosecution, including preparation and management of trademark applications through the registration and renewal processes, efficient management of clients’ trademark portfolios, and trademark licensing. Offensively, we provide clients with advice on potential trademark conflicts, including enforcement strategy, opposition and cancellation procedures in the USPTO.

Copyrights

We advise clients on how to secure and manage copyright protected assets in a cost-effective manner.  We review and prepare copyright licenses and permission requests, as well as full assignments of copyright protected materials. We counsel organizations and their staff on how to develop permissions management systems, as well as how to secure and protect their own intellectual property rights while respecting the intellectual property rights of others. This includes preparing and advising on social media policies as well as training staff on their legal obligations related to the use of copyright protected materials.  We also prepare website terms of service and privacy policies and advise and provide training on Fair Use and Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) compliance.

Recent Representative Matters:
  • Counseled online content providers in connection with Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) regulatory compliance.
  • Counseled clients in a variety of industries on independent contractor agreements to protect IP rights.
  • Successfully represented client in combined Cancellation and Opposition proceeding before The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).
  • Advised fashion industry client on the availability and enforceability of trademark registrations for proposed logos and names.
  • Managed extensive trademark portfolio on behalf of client by providing timely notice of USPTO deadlines, and monitoring same.
  • Advised visual artist on clearing and protecting trademark assets and securing copyright registration for a logo.
  • Prepared an assignment agreement between a logo creator and a brand-owner seeking to register the logo as a federal trademark.
  • Prepared trademark assignment agreement for nonprofit organization.
  • Prepared website terms of use and privacy policies for international nonprofit organization.
  • Provided counseling on DMCA compliance to for-profit, and nonprofit clients.
  • Advised client in health care field on defensive rebranding and secured related federal trademark registrations.
  • Counseled library and archives on IP policies and collections management policies.
  • Prepared and advised on artwork commission and consignment agreements for University.
  • Counseled a Fortune 100 financial services company on social media policy.
  • Drafted a social media policy and provided training to employees of hospitality organization.
  • Counseled for profit educational client on identifying copyright protected materials and managing licensing and permission requests.
  • Prepared fair use opinion letter for museum.
  • Counseled major healthcare services provider on strength and availability of brands.
  • Drafted foreign language license agreement, copyright assignment agreement and publishing agreement for publisher of educational books.

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Philadelphia
1717 Arch Street Suite 3630 Philadelphia, PA 19103
New York
195 Montague Street, 14th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Cincinnati
11 Garfield Place Cincinnati, OH 45202

Philadelphia (Headquarters)

New York

Cincinnati

Contact Us P 215.618.3720 F 215.814.9049

Philadelphia 1717 Arch Street, Suite 3630 | Philadelphia, PA 19103
New York 195 Montague St, 14th Floor | Brooklyn, NY 11201
Cincinnati 11 Garfield Place | Cincinnati, OH 45202