Key to the protection of any intellectual property is the consideration of who owns the rights, as well as who may later develop rights by the operation of law. These issues most frequently present themselves in an employment situation.
Our lawyers have extensive experience in analyzing complex ownership and licensing issues for intellectual property in the context of employment. We routinely help our clients with employment, outsourcing, and consulting agreements that address these matters.
Our clients receive the strategy and tactical planning necessary to properly execute the required ownership and licensing formalities for patents, trademarks, and copyrights, all of which have different legal standards for determining ownership and transfer of rights. Our team works closely and efficiently with clients, primarily since the failure to be timely in perfecting rights in the name of the desired party can result in irretrievable loss of those rights.
Innovation often involves closely guarded ideas, and most businesses have a significant stake in keeping their secrets safe. Our lawyers have been helping clients commercialize, enforce and protect their trade secrets for more than 60 years.
We recognize that under the right circumstances, trade secret protection can be more potent than patent protection—and in some instances, trade secret protection is the only option. We work with clients to create trade secret protection plans for their businesses, not only to assess their existing confidential and proprietary assets but also to provide an established policy to prevent disclosure of potentially valuable information. The very survival of a company built around trade secrets can hinge on having an effective plan to protect trade secrets, and we provide the critical advice needed to ensure that survival. We have also worked to audit and evaluate existing trade secret protection systems and policies to ensure they are working correctly.
While critical to trade secret protection, appropriate confidentiality protections are also crucial to other forms of intellectual property. Our clients routinely rely on us to prepare and review non-disclosure agreements, confidentiality agreements, and other forms of confidentiality protection.