Intellectual Property Attorney
Ideas are some of the most powerful and valuable assets individuals and businesses can own. Indeed, the United States government recognizes just how valuable ideas are by providing an environment that allows individuals and companies extensive power to control and protect their ideas, evidenced by over 3.1 million patents in force in 2019 alone.
Ideas can only be economically powerful, however, when they’ve been formally transformed into intellectual property through registration with the government. This registration endows the owner of the idea the ability to protect the idea through enforcement of their ownership rights.
This has become ever more difficult since the world has become more connected. Ideas, software, and designs can all be stolen online more easily than the world has ever seen. In order to protect your business and your intellectual property, you need highly skilled, modern attorneys who are familiar with the changing business landscape around us. The intellectual property attorneys at Adair Myers Stevenson Yagi have over 40 years of business law experience, and have been able to regularly help businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators protect their intellectual property from infringement, misuse, and misappropriation in Houston, across the state of Texas, and beyond.
Whether you are trying to register a new idea or product, prevent intellectual property infringement, or dealing with a current intellectual property dispute, IP attorneys can prove indispensable. The intellectual property lawyers at Adair Myers Stevenson Yagi not only know how to register your ideas so they are protected from piracy and other forms of theft, but are also seasoned litigators with in depth knowledge of intellectual property law. As your lawyers, we can seamlessly move from negotiation to litigation when necessary, which will be of massive benefit to you should an unfortunate event arise.
Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual property encompasses different types of protections for different types of assets. The first step in determining the best legal protection for your intellectual property is to ascertain what type of property you seek to protect. The most common forms include:
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 more. You can learn more about how to protect your copyright and intellectual property from our copyright lawyers.
Patents are unique because they exist to protect ideas. Inventors who have created something new or who have created an improvement to something existing can file for a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The process can be quite complex, but with the assistance of an IP attorney, you could greatly reduce the time and expense incurred acquiring your patent. Once obtained, a patent will protect the inventor’s idea from being used by other entities without their permission. If you have an idea you would like to patent, or you believe you have a patent infringement case, we urge you to learn more about how our patent attorneys can protect you.
Certain types of intellectual property, such as symbols, words, designs, phrases, names, and logos can be protected by preventing other individuals or businesses from using them for their own profit. Trademark lawyers are familiar with the process of obtaining a registered trademark and defending it should your intellectual property rights be infringed upon. Learn more about the protections afforded by trademark law, and how a trademark attorney can help business owners protect their assets.
Trade secrets are any device or technique used by a business giving it a competitive edge. Trade secrets can be the most valuable intellectual property a business owns, so protecting them is critical to ongoing commercial success. You are not required to register trade secrets to receive protection, but there are certain conditions that must be met in order for something to be considered a trade secret. Learn more about our how a trade secret lawyer can help protect your business and its most valuable intellectual property assets.
As you can see, there are many benefits to hiring an intellectual property attorney to protect your intangible assets. However, if your rights have already been infringed upon, litigation may be the more aggressive action you need to take.
Intellectual Property Litigation
Innovative ideas may be the very foundation of your business and its 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 lawyers at Adair Myers Stevenson Yagi have a broad depth of knowledge and experience in intellectual property litigation.
The law protects intellectual property by providing inventors, business owners, and entrepreneurs the ability to safeguard their intangible assets, such as ideas, designs, and investments from unlawful uses such as piracy or theft. Such protection, however, is only available if the correct steps are taken to enforce the security of the intellectual property.
Copyrights, patents, and trademarks need to be registered in order for the owner to have legal rights and obtain certain damages in court. While many business owners see registration as a hurdle, partnering with Adair Myers Stevenson Yagi can ensure your registration is completed correctly and expeditiously. We do the research to see if your idea already exists and to make sure your ideas are presented as appropriately unique so your registration is approved.
If your company relies on trade secrets, you need attorneys who are well versed in intellectual property litigation to help you establish processes and procedures to protect these valuable trade secrets from infringement and give you the legal upper hand in enforcement.
In a free-market society, good ideas can be worth millions if not billions, yet they become virtually worthless when others reap the benefits without sacrificing the investment and hard work of developing them. Our attorneys have fought and won many high-stakes intellectual property disputes both in the United States and abroad. Taking advantage of legal action is the only way to protect your ideas and your business.
Intellectual Property Lawyers Houston
With decades of experience, the Houston IP lawyers at Adair Myers Stevenson Yagi have worked with businesses of all sizes in many areas of intellectual property law. When a competitor’s actions threaten your legal rights or cause you to incur financial losses, turn to our firm for decisive action. We can take immediate steps to stop your competition from profiting off of your ideas.