Intellectual Property

Intellectual property law is an important area of the law that identifies exclusive property rights to someone who has created something for the purposes of selling or licensing. These exclusive rights will help protect the property owner from having their property sold, distributed, or otherwise used without the property owner's permission. Enlisting the services of an experienced intellectual property law attorney can help individuals adequately protect their intellectual property, and pursue recourse if their property has been used without their expressed consent. Typically, intellectual property can be categorized into four distinct categories:

  • Patent - A patent is a form of right granted by the government to a property owner, typically an inventor, that provides the owner the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering to sell, or importing their invention.
  • Trademark - Trademarks are used to protect works that are used to distinguish products or services from each other, such as a recognizable sign, design, slogan, or expression. Trademarks can receive varying degrees of protection depending on a variety of different variables including the consumer awareness of the trademark, the geographic area the trademark is used in, and the type of service or product the trademark identifies.
  • Copyright - A copyright provides the creator of an original work exclusive rights to that work, usually only for a limited amount of time. Copyright protections can apply to a wide variety of works including a story, song, film, photograph, a piece of software, music composition, or other creative works. The length of the copyright protection will depend on when the work was created or first published.

Trade Secret - Trade secrets usually protect a specific formula, process, design, pattern, or other compilation of information that a business uses as an advantage over other competitors. State and federal trade secret laws serve to protect this type of sensitive business information without divulging the specific nature of the trade secret. An example of a protected trade secret would be the formula for Coca-Cola.

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Our firm has extensive experience working with inventors and creators to ensure that their intellectual property is adequately protected so that they can successfully move forward with their creation. Our intellectual property attorney has extensive experience as a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent Office and has obtained hundreds of U.S. and foreign patents for clients by evaluating the idea for patentability and preparing and filing all relevant paperwork to secure the necessary patent. Our firm can even assist in providing drawings to illustrate your invention using a professional patent draftsman that can help secure the patent you need to protect your invention.If you or your business needs trademark protections that can help protect your distinguished goods or services from other competitors, our firm can help with trademark selection, clearance searches, proper use of your mark, and the federal registration of your trademark. We can even help you retain priority over other potential applicants who are applying for the same or similar trademark by filing an application for registration long before you actually use the mark. Once you have received your trademark, we can help provide a cease and desist letter, or even a lawsuit if necessary, to stop any cases of infringement moving forward.

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At the end of the day, you can't risk the loss of your intellectual property. The experts at Hanes & Bartels LLC are here to provide you with the protection you need so that you can rest easy knowing your property is well looked after. If you or someone you know is in need of an experienced intellectual property attorney, contact our office today so we can protect what's important to you and your business.

Intellectual Property Law Attorneys Serving Colorado Springs

When it comes to intellectual property, you can’t risk losing what you’ve created. That’s why you need an experienced intellectual property law attorney working for you to ensure that everything you have created is protected. Hanes & Bartels LLC has decades of experience helping clients protect their intellectual property and all related interests. If you’re looking for an intellectual property law attorney you can trust, call Hanes & Bartels LLC today.