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Copyright, Trademarks & Trade Secrets

Copyright Counseling & Registration

Copyrightable material is incredibly diverse, including works of art, such as paintings, drawings, sculptures and architecture; literary works, such as books, publications and technical manuals; computer software code and website pages; entertainment works, such as toys, television, radio, musical compositions, advertisements and recordings—and much more. Although copyright laws can provide powerful protection for copyright owners, owners must first identify and protect their works. Neal Gerber Eisenberg’s Intellectual Property practice group has assisted its clients—from individual writers and musicians to software companies and Fortune 100 companies—in identifying and protecting their valuable works of authorship. This includes registering the works, using proper notice, and, when necessary, prosecuting copyright infringement cases in federal courts. Because our attorneys are also experienced copyright litigators, we bring insight to counseling clients about their copyrights, either before or after a problem arises.

Trademark Counseling, Clearance & Registration

The firm’s Intellectual Property practice counsels Fortune 500, multinational, midsize and emerging technology companies, start-ups, not-for-profit organizations and individuals in all stages of the trademark protection process, including selecting, registering and policing trademarks. Specifically, our attorneys review preliminary and full search reports and provide written clearance opinions to our clients. This experience also extends to managing and expanding domestic and foreign trademark portfolios and protecting our clients’ trademarks through opposition, cancelation and ICANN proceedings and litigation in state and federal courts. Our IP attorneys have cleared, registered and managed thousands of domestic and international trademarks. In 2017 alone, our attorneys have registered 299 international trademarks.

Trade Secret Protection Programs

Our attorneys help clients protect valuable assets, including trade secrets and sensitive business information. We are particularly skilled in counseling clients in connection with protecting and maintaining their trade secrets and other proprietary information from theft by existing employees or competitors. This includes conducting trade secret audits, preparing confidentiality agreements and employee agreements and providing strategies for implementing appropriate internal protection measures. Our attorneys also counsel clients with respect to the relative advantages of maintaining proprietary assets as a trade secret or other form of intellectual property protection. In addition, we prosecute trade secret misappropriation cases and aggressively protect our clients’ valuable assets by obtaining or defending against temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and other court-sanctioned relief.

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