BHANDLAW understands the legal and practical issues associated with your valuable trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. As markets have expanded both here in the United States and abroad to include more media platforms and channels (not to mention ever-pervasive technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), our law firm’s Intellectual Property practice has guided business and creative clients through the legalities of these emerging areas.
Trademark Law in Phoenix
Recognizing and protecting your brand is one of the most important things you can do to defend your business from competitors and third-parties looking to confuse or divert your existing and potential customers for their own gain. Years of goodwill which your brand has established with the consuming public may be at risk to bad actors trying to pass off their inferior goods or services as yours, or even “diluting” your brand entirely by the use of your trademark with unassociated or inferior goods or services.
Our Phoenix Arizona law firm works with business owners to understand, classify, describe, and eventually register their valuable trademarks and service marks in order to protect their unique commercial identity and hard-earned reputation.
BHANDLAW’s trademark practice assists entrepreneurs, founders, and companies and their marketing teams identify, select, register, maintain, and defend their valuable trademark rights, including:
- Initial clearance searches and providing opinions of existing, proposed, or potentially conflicting trade and service marks
- Prosecuting applications to register your trademark or service mark before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
- Evaluating and formally responding to USPTO Office Actions on your behalf
- Advising on and developing best practices on the proper use of your trademark, including preparation of display and usage guidelines for your business and licensing partners so as to deter and prevent “genericide” and loss of your valuable trademark protections
- Initial and periodic renewal of your trademark registration and other post-registration filings
- Cease and desist letters and formal Letters of Protest under the Trademark Modernization Act to deter and prevent the use or registration of conflicting marks
- Trademark licensing arrangements
- Trademark assignment or transfer pursuant to partnership, sale or acquisition of the company’s assets, or similar transaction
- Enforcement and defense of your trademark, including representation in opposition and cancellation proceedings, and helping you engage trademark monitoring services
- Internet domain transfer agreements
- Representation in Uniform Domain-name dispute Resolution Process (UDRP) arbitration complaints and responses
Copyright Law in Phoenix
Whether you’ve penned the next great work of American erotic dinosaur fiction (yes, that’s an actual thing), your latest choreographed moves are racking up insane views on TikTok, or maybe your creation consists of slightly less-artistic (though no less protectable) expression, our Phoenix Arizona-based copyright law practice has advised authors, artists, filmmakers, and creatives of nearly all types on the legal status of their expressive works, strategies for protecting such works, as well as commercialization and monetization of their valuable copyright through paths such as licensing, collaboration, sale, or transfer of some or all of their copyrights.
In addition to Federal registration and renewal of your copyright, BHANDLAW can represent you in the review, negotiation, or drafting 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
- Communications Decency Act complaints and responses under Section 230
- Preparation of and advising on DMCA “takedown” notices and copyright “strikes”
Trade Secret & Unfair Competition Law in Phoenix
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 use it). Manufacturing processes, chemical compound formulas, patterns for machines or devices, and even customer lists are just a few examples of what might constitute a trade secret. Some of the most valuable and well-known properties in the World (for example, the formula for Coca-Cola) actually continue to be protectable as trade secrets.
However, unlike your company’s trademarks, patents, or copyrights, there is no governmental body where you can register or submit your valuable trade secrets. Instead, it is up to your business as the owner of the trade secret to take measures to make sure trade secret protection applies under existing law.
Trade secret protection does not exist for any defined period of time. As a result, if your trade secret is appropriately guarded and maintained, trade secrets rights can exist indefinitely and certainly longer than that afforded under Federal law for a patent or copyright, thus making trade secret protection in many ways superior to that of patent and copyright.
Our Phoenix intellectual property law firm understands not only Arizona trade secret law, but also its law of unfair competition, as well as Federal unfair competition remedies under The Lanham Act. Among some of the trade secret services our firm can provide are:
- Auditing and advising your company on best practices under the Arizona Uniform Trade Secrets Act
- Review and/or preparation of your business’ confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements with your partners, vendors, and key employees (“NDAs”)
- Review and/or drafting of non-competition agreements with your existing or proposed partners, vendors, and related third-parties
- Anti-solicitation and non-tampering agreements
- Confidential information agreements with company founders and key personnel
- Proprietary information or invention assignments agreements with company founders and key employees
- Advising on the preparation of your company’s employee handbooks and manuals to include information protected and while-employed and post-employment obligations
- Counseling your company on licensing or transfer of its trade secret assets
Ben Bhandhusavee is the Founder of BHANDLAW, PLLC, a technology and e-commerce law practice advising founders and management teams on select e-commerce and intellectual property matters, as well as corporate and technology transactions. The firm serves corporate and individual clients throughout Arizona, the United States, and internationally. For more information, feel free to reach out using the contact form on the right or call us at (602) 222-5542 to schedule a meeting. You can also connect with Ben on LinkedIn or Avvo.