LeonardPatel offers a broad range of intellectual property services to accommodate our clients' diverse needs. Our practice includes client consultation, preparation and procurement of patents and trademarks, copyright applications, licensing, appeals, oppositions and cancellations for trademarks, trademark litigation, and patent litigation support. The general categories for our services are:
LeonardPatel represents clients with respect to procurement, enforcement and licensing of patent rights in all technological areas. We attempt to counsel innovative startups on best practices in order to help them take their business to the next level. Our services include conducting patentability searches, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, patent appeals, licensing and valuation, litigation support, and preparing opinions.
We assist clients with identifying intellectual property assets, and evaluate and prioritize assets to seek protection or enforce existing rights. We also help companies and organizations to develop an effective patent portfolio management strategy that makes sense for their business and their industry.
Patent prosecution requires extensive interaction with Examiners at the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). LeonardPatel works closely with Examiners to understand their positions and to achieve the best possible results for our clients. We emphasize compact prosecution, taking advantage of mechanisms such as Examiner Interviews to move applications through to allowance in fewer iterations. This commitment to efficiency saves our clients time and money.
LeonardPatel has a comprehensive trademark practice geared to protect our clients' trademarks both domestically and internationally. By understanding our client's products and competitors, we are able to draft effective descriptions of the goods or services and identify potential challenges when applying for trademark applications. We also assist our clients in developing an effective trademark portfolio to serve their business needs.
Additionally, we work with third-party monitoring services to identify potential infringers and counterfeiters at an early stage, permitting swift action to prevent the pirating of valuable trademark rights, both in the U.S. and abroad. We also assist clients with matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), including oppositions, cancellations, and concurrent rights proceedings.
LeonardPatel assists clients with protecting copyrightable works under federal law. Copyrights may protect software and artistic works such as art, audio-visual works, architectural works, and literary works. While protection under U.S. law arises immediately upon creation and fixation of a work in physical form, timely registration offers various advantages, such as statutory damages and the possibility of recovering attorney's fees.
LeonardPatel recognizes that in some cases, maintaining confidential information as a trade secret may be preferable to intellectual property protections that require full disclosure to best protect sensitive information. We help clients to establish confidentiality procedures, non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), employment agreements, invention development agreements, manufacturing agreements, licensing agreements, and the like. It is also usually possible to register for a U.S. copyright for computer programs without publicly disclosing any information desirable to retain as a trade secret. The U.S. Copyright Office specifically recognizes the importance of trade secrets in computer programs and has created regulations that provide several deposit copy options involving the submission of only a portion of the entire code. However, some factors to consider include the potential of others to reverse-engineer the code, the ability to restrict access to the information, and the ability to manage the use of the information. LeonardPatel assists clients with determining whether maintaining information as a trade secret is the best option.