Washington DC Intellectual Property Lawyers
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Intellectual property law is in place to protect your rights. If you are involved in government contracting or trying to protect your IP invention in the commercial sector, there are risks associated with getting improper filings. When it comes to litigating IP rights, there are many complex issues that can arise. You should not attempt to resolve disputes on your own. The government contracts and intellectual property lawyers at Watson & Associates, LLC bring high-level experience to resolve complex situations for small businesses and large corporations across the country. Our IP lawyers handle a variety of situations including Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source; Our attorneys handle Copyright problems, which include literary and artistic works such as novels, poems and plays, films, musical works, artistic works such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, and architectural designs.
- Prosecution and Defense of Patent
- Prosecution and Defense of Trademark
- Prosecution and Defense of Copyright
- Government Contracts IP Disputes
- Prosecution and Defense of IP Contract and Licensing Agreement
- Prosecution and Defense of Trade Secret Causes of Action
- Prosecution and Defense of Unfair Trade Competition
- Prosecution and Defense in Patent Interference and Reexamination Proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Get Patent Protection
Patent protection means that the invention cannot be commercially made, used, distributed or sold without the patent owner’s consent. These patent rights are usually enforced in a court, which, in most systems, holds the authority to stop patent infringement. Conversely, a court can also declare a patent invalid upon a successful challenge by a third party. Contact an intellectual property lawyer at Watson to discuss how we can further help you.
Protect Your Inventions
Generally, an invention must fulfill the following conditions to be protected by a patent. It must be of practical use; it must show an element of novelty, that is, some new characteristic which is not known in the body of existing knowledge in its technical field. This body of existing knowledge is called “prior art”.
The invention must show an inventive step which could not be deduced by a person with average knowledge of the technical field. Finally, its subject matter must be accepted as “patentable” under law. In many countries, scientific theories, mathematical methods, plant or animal varieties, discoveries of natural substances, commercial methods, or methods for medical treatment (as opposed to medical products) are generally not patentable. Consider retaining an experienced intellectual property lawyer to minimize your risk.
Get Trademark Protection
Trademarks are forms of intellectual property that protect identifying marks that distinguish goods or services. To be a trademark, the mark must be identified in the minds of consumers with a particular source of a good or service. Trademarks come in different levels of protection or “strengths,” including generic marks, descriptive marks, suggestive marks, and arbitrary or fanciful marks. Contact Watson’s intellectual property lawyers to learn more about trademark law and protect your rights.
Protect Your Government Contract Intellectual Property
The Bayh-Dole Act is one aspect of government intellectual property law that allows for the transfer of exclusive control over many government funded inventions to universities and businesses operating with federal contracts for the purpose of further development and commercialization. The contracting universities and businesses are then permitted to exclusively license the inventions to other parties.
The federal government, however, retains “March-in” rights to license the invention to a third party, without the consent of the patent holder or original licensee, where it determines the invention is not being made available to the public on a reasonable basis, (in other words, to issue a compulsory license.)
Protect Your Rights in Intellectual Property, Copyright, Patent Litigation and Trademarks
Watson’s government contract law attorneys will also analyze the impact of contract terms on IP rights and help to apply the variety of ways that government contracts differ from the commercial context.
In addition, an experienced lawyer in our office will handle unique matters such as patent applications, investigations, patent reexamination, technology transfers, electro mechanical technologies, robotic assemblies and marine products.
Have you given the government rights your IP? Call one of the following attorneys to see how they can help you.
Call Our Washington DC Intellectual Property Attorneys
If you are a government contractor seeking help with patent rights, intellectual property federal litigation problems, contact us at 1-866-601-5518 or in Washington, D.C at 202-827-9750 or simply contact us online.