Our Clearwater Litigation Attorneys specialize in intellectual property litigation, focusing on patent, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition litigation. We represent plaintiffs and defendants in these types of cases on a local, state, and federal level. Based near Clearwater, since 1987, our firm has represented clients in more than 900 U.S. and foreign patent matters. We specialize in the procurement, prosecution, licensing, and litigation of intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets.
Patents are designed to protect you from others making, using, selling, or importing products that include your invention. Patent applications can be complex and lengthy, so it is wise to go through the patent application process with a Clearwater patent attorney. Typically, utility patents are valid in the U.S. for twenty years from the date of filing. Design patents are valid in the U.S. for fourteen years from the date of patent grat. Patents can apply to an apparatus, method, composition of matter, ornamental appearance of a product, and new plant varieties.
A trademark identifies the source of goods through a word, phrase, symbol, design. A service mark is similar, only the mark is used to identify a service. Like a patent application, applying for a trademark can be done without an attorney; however, this is not ideal. Many opportunities exist for making a mistake, which could result in the loss of your trademark. It is highly advised that you hire a trademark attorney for drafting and filing the application, as well as responding to any of the United States Patent and Trademark Office refusals.
A copyright attorney can assist you in the process of acquiring a copyright. Original works such as literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic pieces can be protected by copyright. Copyrights give the owner the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, perform, display, or prepare derivatives of the work. The area of infringement and fair use can become blurred and confusing, so it is important to have a lawyer who is determined to protect and enforce your rights advising you of your options.
Licensing agreements are for the use, sale, and manufacturing of patented inventions, trademarks, and copyrights. Our firm can assist in preparing and drafting license agreements for you.
We have relationships with laws firms in countries all over the world that allow us to assist clients with international filings for patents and trademarks. Our team can manage and track all of your foreign intellectual property applications.
If you are dealing with patents, trademarks, copyrights, or licensing of products, ideas, creations, or services, it is easy to become confused with the intricacies of intellectual property law. Due to technological advances infringement of intellectual property rights come in many forms, and companies both large and small are increasingly vulnerable to these issues. At Larson and Larson, we are a firm that believes in fair competition and protecting the rights of all people involved to maintain the free market. Whether you are seeking to enforce your patent, trademark, or copyright rights, it is recommended that you hire a litigation attorney in Clearwater that specializes in intellectual property.