Protecting Your Intellectual Property Rights

In today's global economy, protecting a company's intellectual property, often its most valuable asset, is an essential component of protecting its strength in the marketplace. At the law office of Valenti Hanley PLLC in Louisville, Kentucky, our attorneys work closely with small and medium-sized businesses and multi-national, publicly-traded companies - as well as individuals and universities - in registering, protecting, asserting and leveraging its intellectual property rights to competitive advantage.

Intellectual property represents opportunity and investment. We can help you protect both.

We provide strategic guidance on:

  • Patent litigation
  • Trademark registration, domestic and foreign
  • Trademark infringement
  • Copyrights
  • Due diligence in reviewing intellectual property portfolio
  • Piracy
  • Intellectual property rights litigation
  • Registration of patents
  • Software licensing

Patents

We counsel clients in all aspects of patent law, including preparation and prosecution of US and non-US patent applications, complex patent law prosecution matters, such as interferences, reexaminations and reissues, rendering opinions on patentability, infringement, and validity of patents, due diligence, licensing and other transactional work.

We handle patent matters in a wide range of technical areas, including:

  • Electronics
  • Software
  • Controls
  • Communications
  • DSPs
  • Semi-conductors
  • E-commerce
  • Compressor technology
  • Hydrostatic transmissions
  • Power tools
  • Medical devices
  • Vapor recovery systems.

We work with clients to identify what is unique and commercially significant in a patent review and work to secure such rights.

Trademarks

We assist clients with:

  • The initial selection of trademarks, service marks, and trade names
  • Analyzing the results of mark and name searches
  • Filing and prosecuting federal, state, and foreign applications for trademark and service mark registration
  • Monitoring and policing adverse use or registration

We handle opposition and cancellation proceedings as well as administrative and judicial appeals of adverse decisions. We also represent clients in transferring ownership in trademarks, counseling clients regarding strategies in acquiring trademark rights, and negotiating license agreements.

Copyright and Internet Domain Names

We advise clients on a wide range of copyright questions, including:

  • Copyrightability
  • Copyright ownership
  • Notice
  • Registration
  • Transfer and licensing
  • Fair use of copyrighted material.

Exemplary copyright matters include traditional artistic works, compilations, package designs, the look and feel of computer software, computer-generated video displays, advice to both authors and users of software on the scope of protection under federal copyright law as well as trade secret law.

Trade Secrets And Trade Dress

We advise clients on the protection of trade secrets through the use of confidentiality, nondisclosure and noncompetition employee agreements, and technology license agreements. We also advise clients on matters concerning trade dress.

Litigation

We handle all manners of IP litigation involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, domain names, misappropriation of trade secrets, trade dress and antitrust actions. We are ready to respond quickly and forcefully to our clients' needs for litigation services and know how to use litigation as a tool to obtain a favorable settlement, a preliminary or permanent injunction, a summary judgment, or to prevail in both bench and jury trials and in taking and defending appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Mergers, Acquisitions And Due Diligence Review

An important component in mergers and acquisitions is the due diligence review of a company's intellectual property portfolio. At Valenti Hanley PLLC, we provide a thorough and complete review of a company's trademarks, patents and copyrights as part of the mergers and acquisitions process. We file all necessary paperwork to transfer and secure the rights to product lines and unique design features, ensuring essential logos, patents and copyrighted material are secure.

Preempting Trademark Infringement

While the Internet and electronic communication has made it easier to conduct trademark searches, the potential for trademark infringement in different countries and states is an issue small and medium-sized business still face. We conduct international and domestic trademark searches to prevent trademark infringement or potential problems in similarity of design.

In cases where a company already has a registered trademark, conducting a search may protect a logo or design from others that have unintentionally appropriated elements similar in nature. When infringement is evident, we take appropriate and immediate action to protect your rights and intellectual property.

Consultative Intellectual Property Counsel And Representation

We recognize that the business needs of a company change over time. That's why we're positioned to provide ongoing, consultative legal advice and representation on intellectual property matters. Whether you're just starting out or are interested in patenting new technology, we have the experience and resources to protect your company's intellectual property.

To learn more about our intellectual property practice and how we can help you, contact us online or call 502-617-6209 (toll free 866-617-6209) today.