Intellectual Property

Are you a creative? An artist, musician, or writer? You have tools at your disposal to protect your art and brand. While intellectual property law is complex and confusing - I can help you navigate your options. Best case scenario, you protect yourself before someone is inspired by your work... a little too inspired... with licensing agreements. Worst case scenario, we can explore your options in challenging someone's infringement. 

Trademarks

Comprehensive U.S. trademark clearance and registration through affordable, flat-fee packages. Trademark registration services include an initial consultation and legal opinion on odds of success of your trademark, as well as periodic check-in meetings regarding your application. The following services can be a bundled package or arranged as needed. 

  • Searching trademarks/conflict search

  • File a trademark application

  • Responding to an US Patent and Trademark Office action

  • Renew and maintain your trademark

  • Trademark cease and desist letter

  • One-time or periodic infringement monitoring (Optional)

Licensing Agreements

A licensing agreement is a contract between two parties (the licensor and licensee) in which the licensor grants the licensee the right to use the brand name, trademark, patented technology, or ability to produce and sell goods owned by the licensor. In other words, a licensing agreement grants the licensee the ability to use intellectual property owned by the licensor. Licensing agreements are commonly used by the licensor to commercialize their intellectual property. There are advantages and disadvantages for both the licensor and licensee. If you are unsure of whether to pursue licensing of your IP and brand, we can schedule a detailed and productive consultation meeting at a low cost. 

Advantages for the licensor include:

  • The licensor being able to utilize the licensee’s distribution network to quickly enter into new geographical regions and foreign markets

  • The licensor facing lower capital requirements and lower costs due to not having to invest in distribution

  • The licensor having the ability to generate passive revenues through royalties

  • The licensor being able to gain the expertise and skills of the licensee

Advantages to the licensee include:

  • The licensee gaining access to established intellectual property and being able to enter the market more quickly

  • The licensee not having to pool resources to conduct research and development to develop their own products or services

  • The licensee is able to generate revenues by using the intellectual property of the licensor

Disadvantages to the licensor include: 

  • The licensor having loss of control of their intellectual property

  • The licensor having to depend on the skills, abilities, and resources of the licensee to generate revenues

  • The licensor being exposed to intellectual property theft by the licensee

 

Disadvantages to the licensee include:

  • The licensee is responsible for production, marketing, selling, etc.

  • The licensee potentially being dependent on the licensor’s intellectual property

  • The licensee must to pay an upfront fee and/or royalty to the licensor