Intellectual Property

Soden & Steinberger handles all aspects of intellectual property litigation and trademark law.

Whether you are seeking to enforce a trademark registration, defending against trade secret infringement or seeking to license, we can capably, confidently and knowledgeably guide you through the process.  We begin with a solid background analysis and quickly move to providing recommended paths forward.

Trademarks and Copyright

Trademarks and copyrights are crucial facets of protecting your business.  A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A service mark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods. The term “trademark” is often used to refer to both trademarks and service marks. Alternatively, a copyright protects works of authorship, such as writings, music, and works of art that have been tangibly expressed.

Licensing Agreements

Licensing agreements are written agreements entered into by the contractual owner of a property or activity giving permission to another to use that property or engage in an activity in relation to that property. The property involved in a licensing agreement can be real, personal or intellectual. Almost always, there will be some consideration exchanged between the licensor and the licensee.

Trade Secrets

Trade secrets are defined as the following: Information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process, that derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to or readily ascertainable through appropriate means by other persons who might obtain economic value from its disclosure or use; and is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy.