Houston Intellectual Property
Ideas are some of the most powerful and valuable assets individuals and businesses can own, but in order to harness the potential of an idea, you must enforce ownership rights. At Adair Myers Graves Stevenson, we help businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators protect their intellectual property from infringement, misuse, and misappropriation.
Whether you are trying to prevent intellectual property infringement, or dealing with a current intellectual property dispute, our experienced lawyers can help you protect your ideas and/or take action when your legal rights are infringed upon.
Copyrights give the creator or author the right to control how their original works are used via reproduction, distribution, and performance or adaptation. Copyrights can apply to many types of works including novels, research papers, music, audio recordings, video and cinema, photography, software, and many other creative works. Copyrighted works are protected for seventy years after the death of the author.
Unlike copyrights and trademarks, patents protect ideas. Inventors who have created something new, or have created an improvement to something existing can file for a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A patent will protect the inventor’s idea from being used by other entities without your permission.
Certain types of intellectual property can be protected by trademark to prevent other individuals or businesses from profiting off of your distinct brand. Trademarks can protect symbols, words, designs, phrases, names, and logos. Registering your trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office protects it from being used without your consent for ten years and can subsequently be renewed on an ongoing basis.
Trade secrets are any device or technique used by a business giving them a competitive edge. Trade secrets can be the most valuable intellectual property a business owns, so protecting them is crucial to the success of your business. Unlike copyrights, patents, and trademarks, you do not have to register a trade secret to receive protection, but there are certain conditions that must be met in order for something to be considered a trade secret.
Houston Intellectual Property Litigation
Innovative ideas may be the very foundation of your business and your success, so don’t let competitors misappropriate your most valuable assets. When your intellectual property rights are being infringed upon, you need an aggressive and swift legal team who can protect both your short-term and long-term interests. Drawing on decades of experience, the attorneys at Adair Myers Graves Stevenson work with businesses of all sizes with intellectual property litigation.