Intellectual Property

Phoenix Intellectual Property Law Firm - BHANDLAW, PLLC
BhandLaw is a Phoenix intellectual property law firm that helps businesses protect their valuable trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets

Whether you’re a business, researcher, screenwriter, or programmer, we help you evaluate, protect, and realize value from your valuable intellectual property.

Phoenix Intellectual Property Law Firm

Our Phoenix Arizona business and technology law firm understands the legal and everyday practical issues associated with your valuable trademark, copyright, and trade secret assets.  As markets expand both here in the U.S. and abroad to include more and more media platforms, our firm’s practice is prepared to advise our business and creative clients in these emerging fields.

Trademark Law

The core of our IP practice, trademarks are any distinctive combination of letters, numbers, words, images—even sounds and smells!—that your business uses to distinguish its products or services from that of your competitors.  Recognizing and protecting your brand is one of the most important things you can do as a business owner to defend your business from unscrupulous competitors and third-parties looking to lure existing and potential customers, pass off their inferior goods and services as yours, or simply dilute your brand name entirely by the use of your trademark with unassociated goods or services.

Our firm recognizes and appreciates the importance of your commercial identity and what your hard-earned reputation means to your business.  Our trademark practice helps businesses large and small in identifying, selecting registering, maintaining, and enforcing their valuable trademark rights, including:

  • Initial and full-clearance searches of proposed new trade and service marks
  • Prosecuting applications to register your trademark with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Best practices on the proper use of your trademark, including the preparation of trademark use guidelines for your business
  • Trademark renewal, licensing, transfer, and assignment
  • Trademark enforcement, including opposition and cancellation proceedings, cease and desist letters, and trademark watch services
  • Internet domain name transfer agreements
  • UDRP arbitration actions over domain name disputes

Copyright Law

Copyright exists in original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Works of authorship can include literary, musical, dramatic, graphic, and sculptural works, as well as motion pictures and other audiovisual works, sound recordings, architectural works, and others fixed in tangible form.  An owner of a copyright has the exclusive right to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute, publicly perform, and publicly display the copyrighted work.

Copyright rights extend for the life of the author of the work plus 70 years. In the case of a work “made for hire”, copyright rights extend either 95 years from the date of publication or 120 years from date of creation, whichever period is shorter.

Whether your copyright asset is a traditional literary or musical work, or consists of less-artistic expression such as research reports, software code, or technical drawings, our Phoenix law firm’s copyright law practice can advise you on the legal status of your work, how best to protect such works, as well as represent your interests in any licensing, sale, or transfer of your copyright to another.   In addition to Federal registration and renewal of your copyright, we represent our clients in the drafting, review, and negotiation of the following:

  • Copyright licensing and assignment
  • Author-literary agent agreements
  • Book/publication agreements
  • Actor and talent agreements
  • Production, producer, and location agreements
  • On-camera and depiction releases
  • Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) for authors and screenwriters
  • Talent option and purchase agreements
  • Collaborator/songwriter agreements
  • Booking contracts and agreements
  • Artist/recording agreements
  • Broadcast and performance agreements
  • Royalty sharing agreements

Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition Law

While ideas in and of themselves are not patentable or copyrightable, trade secret protection can be an invaluable tool in “bridging the gap” to protect your business’ proprietary and highly valuable information.

A trade secret is information used by your business that gives it a competitive economic advantage over your competitors, who may not have that information or know how utilize it.  Chemical compound formulas, manufacturing processes, means of treating or preparing materials, patterns for machines or devices, or even customer lists are only a few examples of what might constitute a trade secret.

Unlike patents or copyrights, however, trade secrets are not capable of registration with the U.S. government.  Rather, it is up to the owner of the trade secret to take measures to ensure trade secret protection attaches.  Consequently, trade secret protection does not exist for any defined period of time.  In fact, if they are kept secret and appropriately maintained, trade secrets rights can exist indefinitely, making their protection in some ways superior to that of patent and copyright.  Among some of the trade secret services our Phoenix intellectual property law firm provides to businesses are:

    • Advising companies on best practices in protecting their trade secrets under the Arizona Uniform Trade Secrets Act
    • Preparation and review of non-disclosure agreements (“NDAs”)
    • Drafting and evaluation of non-competition agreements
    • Anti-solicitation and tampering agreements
    • Confidential information agreements with company founders and key personnel
    • Invention assignments agreements with company founders and key employees
    • Preparation and updating employee handbooks and manuals to include information protected and employee obligations while employed and post-employment
    • Trade secret licensing and transfer

 

BhandLaw, PLLC is a Phoenix Arizona business and intellectual property law firm that assists businesses and creative individuals protect, defend, and realize maximum value from their valuable trademark, copyright, and trade secret property.   The firm also represents both early-stage and established companies in the areas of corporate and technology transactions.  Our law firm represents clients throughout the Phoenix metro area, including Downtown Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Glendale, Peoria, Anthem, North Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, and beyond.  To learn more about our Intellectual Property legal services, call us at (602) 22-5542 or send an e-mail to info@bhandlaw.com.