Lawyers in Houston Protecting Intellectual Property Including Patents, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets

If your most valuable assets aren’t property or stocks, but intellectual property like patents and trademarks, you will need a Houston-based patent or trademark litigation lawyer to insure your assets are protected. Inventors who create products or ideas with potential profit value in the marketplace are susceptible to exploitation. Businesses interested in the product, competitors, co-inventors, and other interested parties may attempt to conceal patents and royalties or exclude inventors from getting the credit and profit they deserve for their inventions.

Often a great deal is at stake in patent and trademark disputes. It is important to work with an attorney who has the experience and skill to handle these claims and protect your rights. At Burford Perry LLP, the attorneys have extensive experience working with patent and trademark attorneys protecting intellectual property rights when infringed or stolen and defending those who have been wrongfully accused.

Types of Intellectual Property

Intellectual property can be divided into four categories: copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets.

Copyrights

Copyrights are most often applied to creative works like novels, music, audio recordings, video and cinema, and photography, but can also be applied to software, business manuals, and other works. Having a copyright gives the creator complete control over how their work is used via production, distribution, performance, and/or adaptation. The attorneys at Burford Perry can assist you if you believe your copyrighted work has been misused.

Patents

Patents are designed to protect new ideas. Inventors who have patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have the right to enforce and protect those patents. The attorneys at Burford Perry will work with you and your patent attorney to protect your patent rights.

Trademarks

Trademarks can protect symbols, words, designs, phrases, names, and logos from being improperly used by other individuals or companies. Trademark law is designed to prevent unfair competition by protecting the things that make your brand unique. If someone or some business is misusing your trademarks, you should consult with the attorneys at Burford Perry.

Trade Secrets

Texas courts are seeing an explosion in trade secret litigation. Texas law defines trade secrets as “any formula, pattern, device or compilation of information which is used in one’s business and presents an opportunity to obtain an advantage over competitors who do not know or use it.”[1]  Trade secrets can include chemical formulas, software, distribution methods, customer and client lists, pricing information, and marketing strategies.

To prove the misappropriation of trade secrets, a plaintiff must show: (1) the existence and ownership of a trade secret; (2) breach of a confidential relationship or improper discovery of a trade secret; (3) use or disclosure of the trade secret; and (4) damages to the owner.[2] If you or your business are victims of or have been accused of trade secret misappropriation, you should consult with the attorneys at Burford Perry about representation.

Consult with Burford Perry about Patent and Trademark Infringement or Trade Secret Misappropriation

If your business is built on intellectual property, having your rights infringed upon could be devastating for your business. If another person or business is using your patent, trademark, or other piece of intellectual property without your consent, you need the help of an attorney to stop the infringement in the short-term and protect your assets in the long-term. If you have been accused of infringing on someone’s patent and trademark rights, you will need aggressive representation to establish that no infringement has occurred. The lawyers at Burford Perry LLP can draw on years of experience to analyze your situation and take the appropriate steps to protect your rights.

[1] Computer Associates Int’l, Inc. v. AltaiInc., 918 S.W.2d 453, 455 (Tex. 1996)

[2] Texas Integrated Conveyer Systems, Inc. v. Innovative Conveyor Concepts, Inc., 300 S.W.3d 348, 367 (Tex.App.—Dallas 2009, pet. denied).

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